Separate incidents in Baton Rouge and New Orleans demonstrate the tough issues facing school authorities trying to make sure schools are safe places for students and teachers.
In Baton Rouge, a 12-year-old boy was hospitalized Tuesday after he was severely beaten outside a Scotlandville High School football game Friday night. When Baton Rouge Police Department officers arrived at the school, they found the boy suffering from serious injuries and confused as to what had happened.
In New Orleans, a school employee was forced into a school building at gunpoint and robbed. The attack at Success Preparatory Academy on Bienville Street on Wednesday also threatened another employee, New Orleans police said.
Fortunately, the women were not injured, and no students were inside the building at the time.
In both cases, though, the community sees more threats to the safety and security of schools.
“Our schools should be safe places for our families and our students to come and enjoy a football game on a Friday night,” East Baton Rouge Parish schools Superintendent Warren Drake said. “We are doing everything we can to make sure that continues to be the case.”
Superintendent Patrick Dobard, of the Recovery School District, which oversees charters like that on Bienville Street, said RSD would step up its work with the independent public schools on security.
The incidents underline the reality that schools are not immune from the ills of society, despite the best efforts of teachers and administrators. By and large, our schools are safe places — but every violation of orderliness is a concern for parents and for school employees.