MLK Teachers Complain After Student with Knife Threatens Teacher …
By John Murden
A weapons incident at Martin Luther King Jr Middle School has teachers at the school calling for something to be done.
Last Wednesday, October 30, several students at MLK Middle School were discovered to have pellets for a BB gun when the students began throwing them in class. As the suspected source of pellets was being removed from the classroom, he is reported to have said of his teacher, “I’ll beat her ass, I don’t care who fucking knows it”. The student was then taken to the school security office where a knife was found on his person.
When reached by telephone, the 6th District School Board representative Shonda Harris-Muhammed was aware of the incident and said that “we don’t tolerate students bringing weapons of any kind”. She said that the school system would follow student code of conduct and all procedures as bound by law.
All students enter MLK through metal detectors. Their coats and bags are nominally searched. The morning crush of students easily overwhelms the security officers at the machines, though, and a beep from the detector is explained away as a cell phone in a pocket with no more follow up.
It has always been understood that to effectively search more than 600 students would require more time than is allowed between the arrival of the buses and the beginning of classes. Teachers at the school are complaining that this is inadequate, and that security needs to be more of a priority.
Cletisha Lovelace, from the RPS Office of Public Information said that “no changes were made [to security] as a result of last weeks incident.”
Here’s the kicker: a real search was made, not the day after the incident with the knife, but two days later. That Friday, classes were delayed for a reported 45 minutes as the students coming through in the morning were thoroughly searched to ensure that no Halloween candy made it through the doors.
For some further context, there were 198 total offenses at Richmond’s Albert Hill MS (93 for Disorderly or Disruptive), 113 at Chesterfield’s Robious Middle School (35 for Disorderly or Disruptive), and 443 at Henrico’s John Rolfe (144 for Disorderly or Disruptive).
Martin Luther King Jr Middle School
Richmond Public Schools
(This article is reposted with permission from John Murden and Church Hill People's News.)