Town hall addresses student violence

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — A week after teachers and parents went to the school district with concerns of violence, administrators are returning the favor.

High school staff, parents and students will attend a town hall meeting. The topic of the hour is student safety after a steady string of fights school officials admit have gotten out of control.

The principals and superintendent said the meeting will be about outlining a tiered support system and clarifying any misconceptions.

If it goes anything at all like previous meetings about safety in the district, there could be quite a bit of conversation centered around the restorative justice system. It’s been brought up by several parents at every board meeting.

Parents say they feel like this increase in violence started as a result of the restructuring of deans. Administrators disagree the new system is to blame. They say they’re working on solutions.

Staff say they believe the increase in fights is due to bigger societal problems. They say this would have happened with any system and they’re adjusting to deal with it.

So far this school year, about two dozen students at Urbana Middle School have been suspended because of physical aggression. Teachers have also been hurt trying to break up some fights.

Some parents say they’re considering leaving the district next year.

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