JOSUA, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Parents and students gathered in front of a board meeting of Joshua ISD on Thursday, April 8, calling for the resignation of the principal and supporting a group of teachers who said they were forced to resign.
The district said teachers forced children who brought lunch from home to cross the line to get free school lunches and bring them to teachers, but parents were unhappy with the district’s response to the situation.
Some Joshua ISD parents said there was an ongoing problem of violence in some schools in the district. They have been raising concerns with district leaders about the violence for some time, but their concerns are growing because the district has not taken adequate action.
Parent Stephanie Arredondo said, “It’s just a lot of stories that come up, a lot of parents who are worried, a lot of kids who have this problem.”
Arredondo was emotional when he spoke of what Joshua believed was an ongoing problem of violence affecting his children at ISD.
“Physical attacks, one of which caused a concussion,” Arredondo said.
Another parent, Terry, said: “He broke his eardrum, drowned, hit his head on the cupboards, and told my son a lot of things that were not racially appropriate.” He did not want to give his last name.
Other parents also shared their personal accounts, which they described as violent.
“Every time we approach him, we say, ‘Hey, this is violence,’ they always tell us it’s not like that,” Terrie said. “It’s not right to keep telling us it’s not like that. It’s not right to tell our children how they should feel.”
School District Superintendent Fran Marek said in a statement, “When we become aware of concerns about violence, administrators are conducting an investigation using the Texas School Safety Center’s violence checklist.”
The statement goes on to say: “The Texas Education Code (TEC) §37.0832 defines violence as a single significant act or act committed by one or more students who use a power imbalance and target another student in writing or orally. expression, expression by electronic means or physical behavior ”
The full text of the statement is available on the district’s website.
“Although we received a statement from the district – thank you for that – they will start working,” Arredondo said. “It is not early.”
Arredondo said he raised the issue with the board again in December. Now he hopes that something will change.
“They need help, and it should be now,” Arredondo said.
Joshua told ISD CBS 11 that he will publish an open survey of parents on violence on April 18.
In the past, there were annual meetings of violence, but they were stopped due to lack of participation in the district.
The district also said it was considering holding a community forum so that parents and students could raise their concerns directly with district leaders, but no date has been set yet.
Joshua ISD parents and students protest violence after teachers resign
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