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Parents and teachers worry about violence at Lawrence High School – CBS Boston


LAWRENCE (CBS) – An emergency meeting was held by Lawrence City Council and the city’s school committee at the Lawrence Public Library on Monday evening. Parents and teachers have been allowed to voice concerns about an increase in violence in the district.

Madeline Rosa is the mother of a ninth grade student at Lawrence High School and said she hasn’t sent her daughter to class for a week.

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“I refuse to send it there because when you send your child to school it is the only safe place, your child is still supposed to be safe and my daughter does not feel safe,” he said. Rosa said. “I am so angry because this is nothing new.”

During the reunion, another mother said her oldest child was afraid to go to school – due to the recent increase in brawls in the halls of Lawrence High School – including one last week where two students were arrested and an injured teacher.

“It’s not OK if our faculty members go to work and they are assaulted for trying to end the fighting, it’s not OK,†said Yvonne Frazier.

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Parents and teachers attend emergency meeting on violence at Lawrence High School (WBZ-TV)

As a result, the city council and school committee sat down on Monday – in a packed house – as concerns arose. Teachers are calling for removal of district state receivership status, and parents are calling for more staff.

“For over a decade the state controlled education in Lawrence, and we need more parental involvement, we need more teachers’ voices,” said Kimberly Barry, president of Lawrence. Teachers’ Union.

“We need more staff, we need more teachers, we need more guidance counselors, that’s not OK,†Frazier said.

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Measures discussed by the school committee at the meeting included a new working group on safety and increasing student support and counseling.


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