Youngstown is far from the only school system to have problems with violence. I read an article in Tuesday's Cleveland Plain Dealer about a fight at an ELEMENTARY School invovling 7th graders. It started with 2 girls, and then escaletd into 18 kids. The teacher was hit in the face with an object thrown by one of the students. And, on the SAME DAY, their was a fight at a Charter School in Cleveland, which spread out onto the Street (Euclid Avenue). Earlier in the year their was a shooting at a School just outside downtown Cleveland.
The person who stated that kids of today do NOT listen, and intend to do whatever they please, whenever they please has hit the nail on the head. Part of the blame for this goes to the parents, who in many cases have even less disregard for peole in authority and less respect for others than do their children. In many school districts(not just inner city), teachers are pretty much handcuffed in their ability to effectively discipline students. Parents are definately different now than 20 years ago, and the result is kids who are totally out of control. Not ALL kids, but enough to cause major problems.
Making this fight at the K-8 school even worse is that one of the girls who started the fight is 14 years old, and has been arrested before. She was arrested and charged with juvenile theft, stolen property and escape in a previous incident. And, the 14 year old boy who entered the fight also has a prior record. He has been charged with juvenile theft and assault. These kids are 14 years old, in the 7th grade and they already have a HISTORY of being caught committing crimes. Their is something very sad about all of this.
Here is a link to the article about the most recent violence in Cleveand.
"A fight between two girls in a seventh grade Cleveland schools art class grew into a riot Tuesday, with the teacher being injured by a book thrown at her.
Up to 18 of the 30 students in the class could face juvenile aggravated rioting charges, police said."...
..." Robert K. Fulton School, on East 140th Street near Kinsman Road, has about 320 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Records show two dozen serious incidents since the start of the school year, including five attacks on teachers, five against students and one on a security officer."...
..."In an unrelated incident, police were called earlier in the day to Hope Academy High School, a charter school in the 3100 block of Euclid Avenue, after two boys, ages 15 and 17, fought about 11:15 a.m. The fight spilled out onto Euclid Avenue and blocked traffic, police said.
Two other males, 18 and 16, jumped in, police said. The 18-year-old was arrested and charged with rioting and criminal activities on school grounds. The three younger boys were arrested and face juvenile counts of the same charges."