Washington Irving Middle School in Spotlight for Threat, Bullying & Arrest
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on March 01, 2013 @ 8:18PM
Created on March 01, 2013 @ 6:27PM
Washington Irving Middle School made its way into the headlines in February with an internet threat and the arrest of Assistant Principal Brian Hage. Even before this, the school has been rumored to have problems.
"I do know that the perception out there is that it's a tough school," said Wendy Imperial, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction and Technology.
One mom recently reached out to 5 News about bullying problems her daughter had at WI.
"[it] led to me withdrawing her from that school because of the violence and the bullying and how out of control the kids are," said Lori Harris.
She did say that school and county personnel were quick to react.
"Mr. Tucker was very understanding. Mr. Hage handled it promptly and immediately. Officer Skiviat, very caring, he was on page with everything," she said.
Some of the school teachers also acted quickly supporting their recently charged administrator. The faculty and staff of the school, with support of community members, sent us a letter.
In it is says, "The faculty of Washington Irving Middle School unquestionably supports Mr. Brian Scott Hage in his actions to safely remove and restrain defiant students. We are certain that he lawfully exercises his duties as administrator."
It continues to say, "Some students target both their peers and teachers with physical confrontations, threats, verbal assaults, harassment, insubordination, bullying, battery, cursing and hazing."
Harris said that's the growing problem.
"Bullying has always been in the schools and society but it's very harsh now. I couldn't imagine being a teenager growing up in this generation," she said.
Imperial said all bullying complaints are investigated as they are reported.
"There's so many good academic things that are happening at WI and we just need to have the perception there that it's not as bad as people describe it to be," she said.
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