258 Assaults on School Personnel at CMS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – “Why should teachers feel safe at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools,” WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty asked Judy Kidd. “That’s a good question. I’ve been looking for the answer to that for some time.” Kidd is a recently retired CMS teacher and current president of the state’s Classroom Teachers Association.

She says it comes down two two things: school location and school administrators. Kidd claims some school administrators are intent on keeping their schools out of the news and off court dockets, at all costs. “And they’ll sacrifice their teachers to do so,” says Kidd.

Last school year (2014-2015), CMS reported 258 assaults on school personnel. The year before, 216 And the year before that, 387.

Fogarty asked Kidd, “What do you think about that?” She said, “I witnessed part of it. In December 2014, we had daily fights on the hall where I was.”

Kidd says the fix comes from the top. She points to one person and one person alone. Kidd says, “We need a superintendent that will be no nonsense and who allow no nonsense in the schools.” And, “We don’t have that now, we have not had that in years, since Jim Pughsley left.”

Late last month, we asked current CMS superintendent Ann Clark about supporting teachers when it comes to disciplining students. Clark says, “We’ve got great teachers we need to retain and in order to retain them, they have to feel supported. And that if we are sending a student back to class, we gotta either send an adult back with them or provide the teacher with some support or some options rather than just expecting them to maintain the student in the class with nothing having changed.”

Clark also says summer break is a time when the district works on discipline philosophy and training with assistant principals and principals.