Connecting the dots on school/city violence
Both yesterday and today, there have been lockdowns at Calverton Elementary/Middle School after shootings in the neighborhood. Yesterday, Alexander Hamilton Elementary was locked down as well, after a city police officer was shot just outside its walls. Nearby Empowerment Academy had already dismissed at the time, but today there was a lockdown there, too, after a 15-year-old boy outside was shot in the face. The shooting victim, who is expected to survive, is a student at Frederick Douglass High, where another student was arrested and charged with attempted murder this week in connection with a stabbing in a school bathroom.
A second thread: Our story Sunday reported that Booker T. Washington Middle has expelled students for teacher assaults eight times this academic year, more than any other school in the city. The 14-year-old girl who was fatally shot this week, allegedly by her 18-year-old boyfriend (who told police it was a mistake), was in seventh-grade at Booker T. Washington.
Under circumstances like these, how are students supposed to learn? And is it any wonder that violence is spilling over into school walls?