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Safety complaints at MLK after student with knife threatens teacher

A weapons incident at Martin Luther King Jr Middle School has teachers at the school calling for something to be done.

Last Wednesday, October 30, several students at MLK Middle School were discovered to have pellets for a BB gun when the students began throwing them in class. As the suspected source of pellets was being removed from the classroom, he is reported to have said of his teacher, “I’ll beat her ass, I don’t care who fucking knows it”. The student was then taken to the school security office where a knife was found on his person.

When reached by telephone, the 6th District School Board representative Shonda Harris-Muhammed was aware of the incident and said that “we don’t tolerate students bringing weapons of any kind”. She said that the school system would follow student code of conduct and all procedures as bound by law.

All students enter MLK through metal detectors. Their coats and bags are nominally searched. The morning crush of students easily overwhelms the security officers at the machines, though, and a beep from the detector is explained away as a cell phone in a pocket with no more follow up.

It has always been understood that to effectively search more than 600 students would require more time than is allowed between the arrival of the buses and the beginning of classes. Teachers at the school are complaining that this is inadequate, and that security needs to be more of a priority.

Cletisha Lovelace, from the RPS Office of Public Information said that “no changes were made [to security] as a result of last weeks incident.”

Here’s the kicker: a real search was made, not the day after the incident with the knife, but two days later. That Friday, classes were delayed for a reported 45 minutes as the students coming through in the morning were thoroughly searched to ensure that no Halloween candy made it through the doors.

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According to the school and system report cards on the Virginia Department of Education site, Richmond Public Schools reported 11,997 school safety violations system-wide last year (PDF), 7,776 of which were for Disorderly or Disruptive Behavior Offenses.

MLK Middle alone was responsible for 3,082 of these school safety violations (PDF), or 25.6% of all in RPS last year. In addition, MLK was responsible for 2,539 of the Disorderly or Disruptive Behavior Offenses reports, or 32.6% of the system total.

For some further context, there were 198 total offenses at Richmond’s Albert Hill MS (93 for Disorderly or Disruptive), 113 at Chesterfield’s Robious Middle School (35 for Disorderly or Disruptive), and 443 at Henrico’s John Rolfe (144 for Disorderly or Disruptive).

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Martin Luther King Jr Middle School
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SawsMum
SawsMum
6 years ago

“@chpn: Safety complaints at MLK after student with knife threatens teacher http://t.co/JlRCpFCmPr” this is unacceptable Richmond

gal_VA_n
gal_VA_n
6 years ago

Safety complaints at MLK after student with knife threatens teacher http://t.co/JcI1kMpCew

agarciasays
agarciasays
6 years ago

RT @chpn: ONE school was responsible for 25% of all school safety violations in RPS last year http://t.co/Nna4xj6APz

Mr. Neal
Mr. Neal
6 years ago

People. It is AWFUL at this school. You all have NO idea.

Guilty Mom
Guilty Mom
6 years ago

Now I don’t feel so guilty about not sending my kids there.

Brian
Brian
6 years ago

based on student violence, they need to rename this school “Charles Manson Elementary School”

Vee
Vee
6 years ago

I realize this is the least of their issues, but they delayed classes to search for Halloween candy?

1. Why can’t the students eat Halloween candy at school?
2. Is that more important than starting classes on time?

Amy N-B
Amy N-B
6 years ago

@Brian, its a middle school.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

@6 – why would you feel guilty in the first place?

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

Am I reading this correctly… 1/3 of the disorderly conduct offenses in the city came from this one school? This is fucking nuts if that’s right.

Also, it looks like it would be somewhere around 10-15 offenses per day. Can someone explain to me why we don’t just put the problem kids in a special school?

edg
edg
6 years ago

I really wish they would NOT rebuild this school – move it instead to a safer area and bus the students to the new school.

RPSActionSquad
RPSActionSquad
6 years ago

MLK is 1.1 miles from City Hall. MT @chpn 1 school was responsible for 25% of all school safety probs @ RPS last year http://t.co/5SlL5ux7jd

RVAFamily
RVAFamily
6 years ago

RT @chpn: ONE school was responsible for 25% of all school safety violations in RPS last year http://t.co/Nna4xj6APz

Sarahmilston
Sarahmilston
6 years ago

Terrifying. “@chpn: ONE school was responsible for 25% of all school safety violations in RPS last year http://t.co/Y1C1ogbKpY”

Michael Jones
Michael Jones
6 years ago

Alex- it looks like they have! ;).

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