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Chaos At Huey Elementary School In West Philadelphia

Updated on March 27, 2012

Chaos In Philadelphia Classrooms

Classroom In Chaos At Samuel Huey Middle School

In a video obtained by FOX 29 the classroom at The Samuel Huey Middle School in West Philadelphia is more along the lines of a battle zone than an educational environment. Children are running around on the floor, groping a girl, fighting, carrying on after school when they should be on their way home. One has to wonder who is running the schools today the children or the adults. In the meantime, with all the crazy violence going on in The School District of Philadelphia they can still sit comfortably letting go 91 School Police Officers and other essential staff that are needed to patrol the halls to keep school staff and students safe. One would think with all the violence in the city skyrocketing the past year alone that safety would be the number one agenda.

Though the administration talks of improvements in fact they have been have talking for years of making life better and safer in Philadelphia schools it amounts to nothing more than a bunch of small talk. I cannot help but wonder what it will take to get the School District to employ enough stuff to keep everyone safe. This has been a long-standing policy with the District along with Principals pressuring staff to under report serious incidents to make their school shine as a diamond in the rough. Truth is the only thing it's doing is hurting the staff, children, and community the schools serve.

It is refreshing to hear the School District has hired a team of individuals to look into the school violence at all the schools. Known as the Blue Ribbon Commission last month they relayed a report according to CBS that pointed out huge gaps in statistics of violent acts being properly reported. There is hope though as Mayor Nutter and his administration is attempting to rectify a problem that has plagued the Philadelphia Schools for years. One such aspect that the Commission pointed out that has already begun is turning over the responsibility of reporting serious incidents to School Police Officers who actually deal with the situations firsthand. When left to administrators, it's the brush under the carpet treatment.

My Story

Two years ago, I was in a second grade classroom where I was assisting the teacher with one of our students when he refused to corporate and do his assigned work. When I proceeded to tell him that he would not have recess if he would not do his work, he immediately attacked me. This same little boy had attacked several weeks prior by kicking me in my leg and a month prior to that, he bit a staff member on the hand when she broke up a fistfight between him and another student. At that point, the Vice Principal told his mother to take him for counseling. The mother never did this leaving me as his next victim.

The child who had attacked me with his fists and chairs had been assigned one hour in the in house suspension room. Trust me folks violence in our Philadelphia Public Schools has been a long time issue and it must be stopped before someone is seriously hurt. I respect that the Mayor has taken the appropriate steps but now calls for a time when measures that are more aggressive need to be taken before someone is truly hurt. Stop violence in our schools before it is too late.

Chaos At Samuel Huey Middle School In West Philadelphia

My Story On School Violence in Philadelphia

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      William Gerace 3 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Hi there Marlene. I couldn't agree with you more. I still have some friends that are in the system and in fact things are much worse. I retired about 5 years ago when I found great work at home job that I still have today plus it gives me time to devote to my writing. I am glad I made the switch. I miss working with the children that really wanted to learn and advance themselves but unfortunately that seems to be a minority. Thanks for reading my Hub. Have a great day.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I have a friend who was a school teacher and she told me stories of horrible things that happened to her and other teachers in one of the schools of a district notorious for violence. She told me she felt like she was walking into a war zone every day that she went to work. She liked being a school teacher so she toughed it out until years later when she was able to transfer out. I don't know why this sort of thing is allowed to continue in schools of all places. I wonder, after all this time, has there been anything done to stop the violence in schools?

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      William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Thanks Sofs.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Well written and with lots of passion. Discipline is not the responsibility of the schools alone, what are parents doing? Do they care about their wards? I guess your hub is not limited to Philadelphia alone this is the state of affairs all over the world! Great hub! voting it up. Have a lovely day! Keep writing!

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      William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      I totally agree with you Rosanna it's absolute disgrace. I was in the system for twenty years and can remember reporting things to the top and they simply ignored it. I can recall when I had kid spit on me and push in the street. I went to the administration and they simply didn't want to be bothered. I will tell you there are teachers that don't do anything as well when things happen. I worked with such a teacher my last year in the system. This is the same teacher that I talked about in my article with the little boy that attacked me. I hate to say I love children but I'm glad I'm not in the system anymore.

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      Rosanna Pittella PhD 5 years ago

      This is an example of why governments should not run schools. These are not schools they are zoos - our children are not safe - how can they learn? Did you hear the young girl say she told the teacher she was being moletsed and the teachewr did nothing? DISGRACEFUL. there is a better way - see new community owned school model. www.elementalethics.com