Saturday, May 18, 2019


Teachers picket outside Poughkeepsie Middle School

Teachers are calling for action following recent reported violence inside and outside the school

POUGHKEEPSIE – Middle School teachers in Poughkeepsie protested outside the building Friday morning over safety concerns.

Most recently, a female administrator was said to have been assaulted by a student on Thursday.

School administrators could not be reached for comment on Friday.

Teachers are upset over recent violence reported in and around the school.

Mayor Robert Rolison said city police will be taking additional steps to protect the kids.

“The police department will be assigning more officers to the areas where our students will be coming home from school to make sure that they get home as safely as possible in the areas where we had some problems there, but we will make sure that we have an increased presence until the end of the school year,” Rolison said.

Earlier this week, one student stabbed another on a sidewalk not far from the school.

Also this week, a Poughkeepsie High School student brought a gun to school. He was taken into custody. City police are investigating both incidents.


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