Wake County Schools

School discipline a focus at Wake schools forum

Posted February 3
Updated February 4

— School discipline was the topic du jour at Wake County Public Schools System’s latest “direct line” forum Monday night.

One mother said an officer put her daughter in the hospital after she tried to avoid a fight.

“There was a police officer who slammed my daughter to the concrete and my daughter had a concussion,” Chilove Chuy said.

Markyona Patrick, a Broughton High School student, said she was suspended for what she described as a small infraction.

“I wanted to do English instead of my math work, and my teacher kept telling me to do my math work, so I got suspended for a day,” she said. “And that is really, really silly.”

School employees, parents and the public are invited to forums around the county to voice their ideas and concerns about the district to school leaders, including school superintendent Jim Merrill.

Monday’s meeting was at Southeast Raleigh High School, where one former student is part of a federal complaint filed in January alleging that the district’s school policing policies and practices “unnecessarily and unlawfully punish and criminalize minor misbehaviors and disproportionately harm African-American students and students with disabilities."

The U.S. Department of Justice has received the complaint and is determining whether to look into the matter.

“Get some control over the really out of control policing in our schools,” said parent Bridgette Burge during the forum.

Some students, including Markyona, made their case using a number written on a cake.

“14,184 is the total number of out of school suspensions from 2011 to 2012,” she said.

School officials have reduced suspensions for minor infractions and increased alternative offerings for disabled students, said School Board Chairman Christine Kushner, who added there are plans to have conversations with deputies and officers who work in schools.

“Many of them are very dedicated to our students, keeping them safe,” she said. “So I think some concerns raised are things we need to follow up on, talk with various law enforcement agencies on how we can do better.”

The last forum is on Feb. 17 at Wakefield High School. 

Speakers may begin signing up on-site at 4 p.m. each day in the lobby of the school auditorium. Each speaker is allotted three minutes and one appearance at the direct line events. School employees speak from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Parents and the public speak from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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  • glarg Feb 5, 9:43 a.m.

    There dont seem to be an Asian parents in packed auditorium. Why is that?

  • GK N.Ral Feb 5, 8:40 a.m.

    Parents, children might be telling you an untruth. Get the facts then open your mouth.

  • ncguy321 Feb 4, 7:47 p.m.

    A Person - enjoy the higher crime rates as these suspended students often do not graduate. You are ignorant to all facts of a schools system and stakeholders involved.

    A Libertarian - the same goes for you. You also assume I'm liberal based on a comment - that sort of judgmental attitude is a problem. You know nothing of these students - if their parents can't get them that is a huge problem as the school is responsible for all students to get to and from school. Do you have any idea of the reality in a public school? School policy and those who carry it out do the best they can on the whole. You are way off base here, as far as what I think and believe, I am on the schools/teachers side on this - I was simply commenting on the far reachign affect that suspensions and drop out rates have.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Feb 4, 5:58 p.m.

    The very best students in school and later in their life are the ones whose parents support the teachers.

    Too many students turn their disrespect around and blame the teacher...

    It goes like this..I'm gonna bring my momma up here and get you fired"

    Go for it..I quit..

    Luckily most students do respect authority and their teachers..

    It is not fair to the serious students who are really trying to get an education to have to sit in a class with a disruptive student(s).

    I hope the parents of the good students will start complaining about the students are are allowed to disrupt on a daily basis.

  • jesspinky1 Feb 4, 3:54 p.m.

    Meanwhile, when my son was attacked by another student with a knife, the school didn't even suspend the other kid. We ended up calling the police ourselves and had to move our son to a different school.

  • mrdublove Feb 4, 3:31 p.m.

    A LIB-You make good, solid points. I do wonder-Do you assume I voted a certain way or did I miss read the you put them in office statement?

  • A person Feb 4, 3:17 p.m.

    How are you going to send them home to their parents? Parents don't have transportation to come... View More

    — Posted by ncguy321

    Who cares, that is not an issue that concerns me

  • NoMoreOfThat Feb 4, 2:29 p.m.

    Looks like another sellout crowd for the WCPSS.

    We have how many parents in Wake County? I see all of 2 dozen, maybe, sitting there and that is up from the last pathetic turnout.

    The WCPSS has a big, big problem on its hands, nothing is going to change as long as no one cares. And why does no one care?

    One only has to look back at the last several boards to be reminded as to how the public has been treated repeatedly by those in charge.

  • A Libertarian Feb 4, 2:16 p.m.

    NCGUY - You are a typical liberal and a fine example of the problem. Explain why should a teacher have to put up with an unruly kid, that is suppose to be there teaching my kid instead of wasting her/his time with a kid who disrupts. Schools are for teaching, not providing daycare. That is the parents job.

  • carolinarox Feb 4, 2:02 p.m.

    It doesn't say, but it sounds like Markyona Patrick was in a study hall. I always wanted to do... View More

    — Posted by carolinarox

    Asking a student to do whatever assignment is required has nothing to do with not showing a... View More

    — Posted by Plenty Coups

    I agree, if it was a math class and not a study hall, then the student was out of line. I had teachers in study hall that would try to tell me that I needed to work on the project for their class when I needed to get my World Civ homework done that was due the next period. But it said on my schedule "study hall" it was a period of free study. I wouldn't have done that with "structured free time" in Math class. Too bad the author didn't include all the information.

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