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Nashville school fights recorded, posted on YouTube

Posted June 1, 2009 10:47 p.m. EDT
Updated June 2, 2009 5:57 a.m. EDT

— Some parents say Nash Central Middle School has become a battleground with student fights in the hallways and bathrooms. Concerned for their children's safety, parents filled the Nash-Rocky Mount school board meeting Monday evening.

Parents and students told school leaders that, in some classes, out-of-control students are the ones in control.

"People are threatening the teachers, and the teachers are scared of the kids,” student Jordan Williams said.

Parents say the proof is in the video posted on YouTube. It appears to show two students fighting, with others looking on at the school, 1638 South First St., Nashville.

In another video, parents say a group of students gang up on one child.

"It was very frightening, because I could imagine my child being that one that was stranded by himself with several other children attacking him,” parent Caroline Harris said.

Students say it is tough to learn in that environment. Parents say if their children report the problems, they are threatened by the trouble-makers.

“If they spoke up, if they didn't get them at school, that they would get them outside the building,” parent Cheryl Crocker said.

"It is just a mess at that school," Williams said.

While concerned parents say the problems have been going on for some time, Nash-Rocky Mount school board Chairwoman Evelyn Bulluck says this is the first she has heard of it.

“Today is the 173 day (of school) and we have not heard from them before,” Bulluck said.

However, Bulluck says she hears them now.

"We will be looking into their allegations and rectifying whatever the situation is,” she said.

Parents say they are eager to work with school leaders to correct the problems.