Lack of discipline plans partly to blame for school violence, official says - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

Lack of discipline plans partly to blame for school violence, official says

The president of the Memphis Education Association said Monday she has a major complaint after a string of shootings and brawls at local schools.

MEA President Yvonne Acey said the union's contract with the school system requires all schools establish School Discipline Committees so that principals, teachers, parents, and other educators can implement the new Blue Ribbon behavior intervention plan.
"They have not seen it in some instances, and those who have seen it are saying the consequences don't match what they're doing," Acey said.

Acey said she has gone before the school board four times to make it happen. but MEA surveys reveal that nearly half of local schools don't have copies of the discipline plan.

While the MEA has not taken a stance on corporal punishment, Acey said teachers feel they lost control when the board banned school employees from striking students to punish bad behavior.

The MEA wants help from parents too.
"Students leave home with a lot of the problems they bring to school, and that includes the weapons," Acey said.

The MEA is calling for all schools to have Discipline Committees, all faculty to have a copy of the discipline plan, and support from administration to carry it out.   

A Memphis City Schools spokesperson said Monday that every school has the discipline plan, but it takes time to implement it.

MEA will go before the board again to address this issue in three weeks.

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