BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Members of East Baton Rouge Parish Association of Educators lined up in the street holding signs with messages such as, “If teachers don’t feel safe then our students don’t feel safe” during the East Baton Rouge Parish Public School Board meeting Thursday.
Educators emphasized their worries inside the classrooms.
“We’re out here because we don’t feel safe in our schools. It’s not a garment that’s conducive to learning,” said Jodi Burson, a member of the Louisiana Association of Educators.
Members of the local association of educators said they had one mission and that was to bring awareness of their feelings in hopes to have a voice in the district.
“We want to sit with them. We want a representative from our union, an educator, when you’re making a policy you know about discipline in school safety. You know, people who are on the ground, and know what’s going on,” said Candita Belona-Sims, educator and member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Association of Educators.
During a lengthy, five-hour school board meeting, District 2 school board member Dadrius Lanus spoke in regard to the recent crime inside campuses and emphasized that change will be coming.
“Fights are still happening today, they happened yesterday and they will continue to happen until we make the standard and expectation across our school district and I think that’s what these policies start at,” said Lanus.
Lanus addressed incidents such as a fight involving approximately 200 students and parents, that occurred at the beginning of the month, and a knife stabbing incident among students.
“Just the other day a child brought a knife to school and stabbed another child, not attempted, but stabbed another child. This is the reality of what’s happening inside of our schools,” he said.
As the board meeting came to an end, all members voted in motion to implement a policy for violence in the workplace.
The school board also addressed that educators can expect to receive a survey, which will be anonymous, where they can express their opinion about their concerns inside the classrooms.
To watch the full board meeting, go here.
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