Parent speaks out at Huntsville City school board meeting

Published: Mar. 16, 2016 at 3:10 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2016 at 3:10 AM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - School board president Laurie McCaulley wouldn't say whether or not the discipline policy or student code of conduct was too lax, just that it's a living breathing document that changes constantly.

According to parents, it needs to change.

Discipline wasn't necessarily on the agenda but came up towards the end of the meeting when it came time for board and parent comments.

That's when Lisa Schrimsher got up and said that teachers don't have enough freedom in the discipline process, and students know that.

She directly referenced several videos that have surfaced online of fights at Huntsville City Schools.

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She said many problems arise because it takes way too long for adults to intervene.

"It's become common place now. That bothers me," said Schrimsher. "That alarms me that my kids come home and think that's normal. It's normal to see people beating people's face in in the hallway, that's a normal occurrence at school. I don't want that to be normal. That's not normal."

McCaulley said they need to shape policies in response to how students are behaving.

"There have been incidents when children come to school and not act the way we want them to act, but we're not prepared to throw them away because we have no disposable children," said McCaulley. "So we're going to do, whatever we need to do to make sure they have a good education as well as everyone that dwells in that school."

As far as when changes will come that's unclear,

McCaulley said changes will certainly be coming next fall, meanwhile Superintendent Casey Wardynski said in the meeting, fights are not the only discipline problem the school district is facing.

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