TUSD continues to remain silent on violent student behavior this semester

Three Sonorans note: While the teacher below does not mention the name of the school, we have heard from others that Wheeler Elementary is having some major student discipline issues right now, and they happen to be right down the street from Palo Verde High School…


I work for the Tucson Unified School District and I have been heavy hearted about what I see everyday. I read your article on the media having a conflict of interest in reporting the truth and it made me upset because I don’t know how to bring these issues to light.

There are many unsafe situations in the elementary school I work at — which happens to be right around the corner from Palo Verde HS.

Common occurrences include students throwing chairs, and other objects that hit students and teachers in the face, kids fighting each other in the classroom, putting other students at risk and for some reason administrators want to keep it quiet.

One episode a few weeks ago involved a student choking another student almost unconscious and having to be pulled off by a teacher. The students were taken out of the classroom and after a “talk” by the dean they were able to return to class with the other kids as if nothing had happened at all.

Just a little over a week ago a student went on such a violent rampage in the classroom that the teacher evacuated the other students to keep them from being hit further. The student never received any out of class consequence.

What is this type of daily occurrence saying to students and teachers?

Basically you can do whatever you want, no matter how dangerous, and never receive a consequence. These elementary students will end up at Palo Verde HS in just a few years and their violent behaviors will have increased significantly by then because no one is doing anything about it now. Community members as well as the students in the school have to be subject to these kids who are cultivating and breeding violence in an environment where they are told that it’s ok.

Please help to bring this situation to light again.


Originally published at TSON News.

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