Skyline Middle School parents voice safety concerns at Red Clay meeting By Taggart Houck / WDEL
The school added more kids from Wilmington this school year, and discipline rates have been high since that addition–a 600-percent increase from last school year.
Parents at the meeting weren’t happy about it. Kate Treml has a son at the middle school, who she said has been the victim of bullying and has seen fights in school this year on a regular basis.
“He’s afraid to stick up for friends because he’s afraid they just might put a target on his back, and that’s just not the kind of boy that I am raising,” she said.
Another parent with a child at Skyline, Jennifer Furman, said her daughter also has seen things that concern her.
“…she was coming home and daily reporting about fights.”
In School year 2005-2006 Skyline had 17 School Crimes (Title 14, Delaware Code §4112) infractions and 99 Department of Education (DOE) Offenses. And in School Year 2014-2015 Skyline had 5 School Crimes (Title 14, Delaware Code, §4112) and 95 Department of Education (DOE) Offenses.
We can pick through the data between these two years but they way reporting has changed with greater emphasis on bully the data can be skewed at bit.
Sadly to say, it appears the assumption re: more kids from Wilmington is they are the problem. The data from years past long before Red Clay closed Conrad traditional Middle School reassigning Wilmington students and community kids living near Conrad to Skyline and other district middle schools suggest Skyline had its problems.
Sorry to say kids coming from Wilmington are more street wise and have an edge. Its part of survival tools living in America’s most violent city. Red Clay parents better get use to this type of culture because, once Red Clay takes ownership of Christina’s city kids they’ll see more and more of this behavior! Suburban kids are catching on, snitches get stitches.
To the parents of Skyline: Red Clay and other schools district are in the mist of social issues surrounding race concerns within the African-American communities. Red Clay will not take any actions that may stoke the flames. I urge all parents black, white and all colors in-between to keep a diary of what their child tells them. But more importantly hold their child accountable for their actions.
Take note of this, in school year 2007-2008 The Delaware Department of Education stop putting discipline reports on the public view archive reports under web link “Print Annual Snapshot” which is to the right of the DE DOE schools web profile page.” You have to file a FOIA to get that data.
Martin Wilson said the issue should be resolved as soon as possible and called for a meeting Thursday with other board members to discuss solutions.
“These folks are asking for a change now, not two weeks from now,” he said.