Nashville High Schools Crack Down On Violence

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Nashville high schools are taking a new, tougher stance on violence, sparked in part by a week of fights and other disruptions at one school, the Tennessean reports. “We’re going to do everything we can to provide safe and secure learning environments,” said Ralph Thompson, who is in charge of high schools and discipline policy for the district. “We’re looking at maybe 1 or 2 percent of the students at each school. We strongly feel (they) do not have the right to interfere with or impede the learning of others.”

Principals now have the power to suspend violent students immediately. All students arrested at the problem school last week – as many as 50 – will face ”zero tolerance” charges that could remove them from school for at least a year. Principals will immediately suspend students who are violent or who wear gang-related attire. A dress code will be strictly enforced, including a ban on sagging pants. Students who are 17 years old, not on track to graduate, and who are causing disruptions will be transferred to a designated school to work on their diploma. “This doesn’t mean a child can sneeze, so to speak, and he or she is gone,” Thompson said. “We’re not going to look at those 17- and 18-year-olds who are coming to school, making an attempt and behaving themselves. We’re saying, ‘Here are the rules. Follow them.’ ”

Link: http://www.tennessean.com/education/archives/04/09/59369776.shtml?Element_ID=59369776

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