Teachers have stepped forward to talk about incidents of violence and abuse. How big a problem is this in the Philadelphia School District? Here is The Inquirer's continuing coverage of the issue.
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Frank Burd speaks out
Germantown High School math teacher Frank Burd talks about the broken neck on Feb. 23 when a senior pushed him and he fell against James Footman, a ninth grader who punched him in the face.
Roberta Bellamy talks about son
Roberta Bellamy talks about her son, Kareem, and other children in his autistic support class at Penn Alexander School in West Philadelphia.
System Discipline Report
In a report released by the district on March 1, 2007, Ellen-Green Ceisler, a consultant hired by the district, was highly critical of the district’s disciplinary system describing it as plagued by inconsistencies, high turnover in personnel, and a lack of training, staff and resources - all leading to a breakdown in procedure and an insufficient transfer of problem pupils out of the schools. Ceisler who previously monitored the Police Department as head of the city's Integrity and Accountability Office. The district sharply disagreed and issued its own response. Here are both reports:
Monica Yant Kinney | A painful truth won't be deniedBy Monica Yant Kinney
Coming Under AttackBy Susan Snyder and Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
'Too often . . . the issue is swept under the rug'By Jeff Gammage
'I can't do it any more'By Martha Woodall
'I was trying to stick it out'By Martha Woodall
Joseph Smith III: 'I'm in a lot of pain'By Vernon Clark
Editorial | Violence In Schools
Music teacher Ed Klein is still recuperating from a broken jaw.