school violence


It's official: Report says Philadelphia schools fall short on dealing with crime

The facts are sobering, if not surprising - the Philadelphia School District has failed to report crime consistently, offers too little help for students traumatized by violence, and fails to implement the most effective methods citywide.

Philadelphia schools take on the police angle of providing safety

The school day was well under way when the fight between two boys broke out on the fourth floor of Overbrook High School: A 17-year-old walking to class was punched multiple times by a younger boy.

Philadelphia schools take on the police angle of providing safety

The school day was well under way when the fight between two boys broke out on the fourth floor of Overbrook High School: A 17-year-old walking to class was punched multiple times by a younger boy.

Judge: School officer's version of clash with a parent was not credible

When the city police officer entered the room, she saw LaKanya Eskridge, her face covered in blood. "There was blood coming from her eyes, her nose, her mouth," Officer Cheryl Newton testified in court. "There was blood all over the place."

Judge: School officer's version of clash with a parent was not credible

When the city police officer entered the room, she saw LaKanya Eskridge, her face covered in blood. "There was blood coming from her eyes, her nose, her mouth," Officer Cheryl Newton testified in court. "There was blood all over the place."

What other school districts are doing around the country

Of the nation's 10 largest cities, eight use armed police in some form. And in the ninth city, New York, officers receive far more training and scrutiny prior to hiring.

What other school districts are doing around the country

Of the nation's 10 largest cities, eight use armed police in some form. And in the ninth city, New York, officers receive far more training and scrutiny prior to hiring.
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Training, screening overhaul proposed

Philadelphia's top public-safety official plans to recommend that the school district overhaul how it hires and trains school police, but says arming them is an issue that needs more discussion.

Armed with guns and understanding

HOUSTON - The teenage boys were about to come to blows in the hallway at Yates High School over $10 one had purloined from the other's pocket - as a prank, he protested.

Father's attempts to get Phila. school to stop the bullying of his first-grade son

At first, Gbahtuo Comgbaye, a West African immigrant, was more puzzled than worried when his 6-year-old son started coming home from school with bruises on his chest and neck.

Who is policing the Phila. school police?

On the first day of school in early September, Philadelphia School District police officer Janis Walke strode into the courtroom in uniform, then waited to hear when her case would come up.

Philly schools on the hook for Arlene Ackerman's buyout after private donors back out

The effort to raise $405,000 in private donations to help buy out former Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman's contract has unraveled, leaving the Philadelphia School District on the hook for nearly $1 million.

School District mismanaging safety cameras

Superintendent Arlene Ackerman declared last fall that security cameras were so vital to Philadelphia school safety that she had no choice but to authorize a $7.5 million, no-bid emergency contract to install them at some of the district's most dangerous schools.

Budget cuts pose a threat to safety in Philadelphia schools

When a fight erupts at Edison High School, staff calls a "code blue," and among those who hurry to the scene to assist is Janet Bundy, a 23-year veteran in her job, known as a "nonteaching assistant."

Graduation marks the end of South Philadelphia High's "year after"

It looked like any other graduation, but for South Philadelphia High School, the pomp marked a celebratory end to "the year after" - a time in which a school rocked by anti-Asian violence took a step forward.

Action plans sparse at many of Philadelphia's most dangerous schools

A group of girls grab a classmate and push her and pummel her until she falls to the floor, covering her face with her arms in a vain effort to protect herself.