Manchester Schools Superintendent Matt Geary addresses a recent increase in violence seen at Illing Middle School, where three fights took place on Thursday.
Geary said there had been a number of incidents at schools in Manchester over the past week and that students involved in those fights were facing consequences which include long suspensions from school.
“I ask parents and families to remind their students that if they have a problem with another student or a group of students, let an adult in the building know. any age, this is the only way we can prevent fights and altercations and collectively function as a safe and healthy school community, ”Geary said in a statement.
Geary said the school district does not tolerate fighting. As part of their efforts to help students return to school amid the pandemic, the school district has hired additional social workers, behavioral technicians, student engagement specialists and student advocates. , they said.
The school district also contracted with Community Health Resources to provide on-site therapists at the school.
“I know that such news can be disturbing for parents and I want you to know that we are doing everything possible to ensure that our schools are safe and productive learning environments. There are over 6,000 students in our school. district and the vast majority behave appropriately every day. We have many, many students who regularly and regularly demonstrate acts of kindness and generosity, ”Geary said.
Geary said the Education Council will meet on January 10. They will discuss the culture and climate of the school during the meeting.