High school from hell: Teachers banned from punishing students where mass brawls, arrests now the norm

By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER

In the midst of another graphic video of a brutal fight between teens at a Mississippi high school going viral, one teacher and a former student from have revealed how the bureaucracy apparently helps the regular mass brawls continue.

New policies at Terry High School in Hinds County ‘deter teachers’ at the school from punishing children who are involved in violent fights, one teacher, who did not want to be publicly identified, told WLBT.

The educator’s comments come after the school was the scene of another vicious brawl on Monday that was caught on camera.

Officials say the most recent fight at the high school was a continuance of a brawl that happened on Friday during a basketball game.

In the midst of another graphic video of a brutal fight between teens at Terry High School (file above) going viral, one teacher and a former student from the school have revealed how the bureaucracy apparently helps the regular mass brawls continue

The school was the scene of another vicious brawl on Monday that was caught on camera (above)   Officials say the most recent fight at the high school was a continuance of a brawl that happened on Friday during a basketball game

Video of the altercation shows several students inside the high school punching and kicking each other, as a huge crowd surrounds them.

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason said the students involved in the altercation used to go to school together in Jackson, before transferring.

All six of the teens involved in the fight on Monday were arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Former Terry High student, Melody Thompson, said that she had been involved in a fight while attending the school, but it was quickly broken up.

‘I’ll be honest, I was even in a fight in that cafeteria, and they immediately shut it down and we were in the principle’s office within 30 seconds,’ Thompson told WLBT.

But now Thompson said things have dramatically changed since she went to the school and not for the better.

‘They can’t just send them to the office and have them written up or have them taken care of or go to detention,’ Thompson stated.

‘Like the teachers have to be there to monitor them for detention, they have to do the paperwork, and it’s creating a workload that the teachers can’t keep up with.’

Officials with the Hinds County School District say the high school has programs in place to offer session on bullying prevention and conflict resolution.

However, another violent fight that occurred at the high school in September involved students who traded blows with staff members.

That brawl, which was also caught on video, apparently brought up long standing concerns among parents in regards to how their children are being punished by the school.

The shocking video from the September 2 fight shows a student repeatedly striking a school resource officer who was attempting to break-up a fight between two students, district officials told WJTV.

The dramatic 10-second clip also shows another school employee trying to intervene and protect the school resource officer by removing a student from the brawl.

Last year, Lydia Wright (above), with the Southern Poverty Law Center, said that during the 2015 school year 31 students were arrested at the school for 'willful disobedience or other subjectively defined offenses'

Officials with the school district at the time said the employees followed the policy.

However, Danny Jones said he disagrees, as his 16-year-old daughter was arrested after she apparently tried to end the fight which was between other girls.

‘She was trying to be a good citizen and break up the fight. And it went bad from there. They started fighting and she had to fight back. The principal told us one thing but when it’s time to go to court, he says something totally different,’ Jones told WJTV days after the incident.

The father said he and his wife were upset with how the school handled the situation.

‘He said that since she told she had been fighting she was part of the fight. He put her in there and said she was part of a group fight,’ Jones said.

Charges against the teenager were eventually dropped, but she was suspended from the school.

In addition, back during the 2015 school year, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) said there were 31 arrests at the school.

‘That’s a 400% increase of school based arrests over the past three years. And those arrests were by and large for willful disobedience or other subjectively defined offenses,’ Lydia Wright, with the SPLC, told WJTV.

‘Students weren’t getting arrested for bringing weapons to school. Students weren’t getting arrested for drugs on campus.

‘Students were being arrested for typical adolescent misbehavior.’

The SPLC sent the school district a letter roughly a year requesting that the code of conduct be revised, but it’s unclear if that change was made.

3 Replies to “High school from hell: Teachers banned from punishing students where mass brawls, arrests now the norm”

  1. Robby clarke says:

    Tear that ass up if they were involved. When I was in school there was no sheriff dept in the schools. You got in a fight you was suspended and didn’t want your parents to find out cause you was in trouble again. Let the teachers and principal do there job and parents back them. It was a lot better then. It’s bullshit that a teacher can’t discipline the children you sent to school

    1. John says:

      The trouble with that idea is we already have schools that issue out unequal and unfair punishment to black students compared to what they do white students. Your plan would just give these white racist teachers a chance to beat on a black boy or girl with nothing to be said or done about it.

  2. John says:

    The schools I went to had an auditorium. It seems it would be a good idea to haul as many kids into your Auditoriums that place would hold. Then explain to them that although they might win these battles in the hallway and out in the street if they get thrown out of that school they will realize the battle has just begun. A very few people make it out of the streets or the jails and go on to lead a productive life. Point out to them the statistics concerning the quality of life for someone who drops out or gets put out of school; the white men is paving there way from school to prison, but their behavior that gets them thrown out of school is paving their own way from school to prison. The youth need to understand what the black unemployment rate is; how even with an education it is hard for a black man to get a job, and that’s why they’re going to wind up in a desperate situation that’s going to lead them to jail, most criminals spend more time in jail than they do free.

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