Our area or all over???

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-25-2003
Our area or all over???
Fri, 11-11-2005 - 9:43pm

I live and work in areas that were directly and indirectly affected by Hurricanes Katrina & Rita (the twisted sisters..lol). We have a lot of displaced students in our school and in other schools in the area.

In the past week, the following events have occured in middle schools in this area:

Graffiti depicting Baton Rouge and New Orleans "gangs"

A loaded assault rifle magazine in a student's backpack

A can of mace in a student's backpack

A teacher knocked out with a broken nose breaking up a fight

3 simultaneous "attacks" on unknowing victims...at least 2 were pre-meditated to the point that they were heard saying, "3, 2, 1"

The last one happened at my school...I supplied the paper towels for the blood clean-up. A student is home with a broken nose and stitches, and 2 of the 3 are up for expulsion--the other is too, but is SPED (he is also a displaced student, the other 2 were not). Previously, we have had only 3 fights this entire year..2 of them where the victim did not fight back and the one that both fought were GIRLS.

We are in lockdown mode. Our students are not allowed to leave to go to the restroom or anything. If they HAVE to go to the office, we have to call the office for an escort. All of the male teachers have duty for mornings and recess until further notice (not fair at all for them, I think).

The 2 boys tried to get more boys in with them. I know of 2 that turned them down!

Is this happening everywhere or just around this area because of the displaced students? The other 2 things happened in other districts nearby, and our district is considered #1 for discipline in the state.


iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2003
Sat, 11-12-2005 - 3:59pm

Wow, what a mess. I can't speak from current experience, but I'd guess that the answer is yes and no. I'm sure there are some areas with all types of discipline problems every day. I know there are others with a fight or two a year.



iVillage Member
Registered: 06-04-2003
Sun, 11-13-2005 - 2:09pm

It's happening in other places, we are just not hearing about it. Hey, when all of the "mess" was going on, these same gangs were raping, robbing and murdering people in the Louisiana Superdome. How sad!! I didn't realize how badly these folks lived in the south. WOW!!

Sorry to hear about all the trouble and problems. Hope things get better soon.