Teacher voices concerns about school safety

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Rhonda Johnson has been teaching for nearly four decades for the first time she doesn’t feel safe doing it.

This after a normal school day, in January, turned chaotic.

Johnson says the problem started here when a parent came to the Morehouse Junior High  looking for a fight.

The parent was coming to address an issue between Johnson and her child.

Just when school was letting out Johnson says as soon as the parent arrived she started making threats.

“The assistant principal was right there and she had tried to get her to leave and she wouldn’t leave,” Johnson said.

She called the police and they took over, but she feels like the school board didn’t have her back.

“The superintendent never called to ask me what happened or anything she just took their side and that was it,” Johnson said.

Superintendent Hazel Sellers faults Johnson and the assistant principal for the way things turned out.

“She should’ve handled it differently because if she had done what she was supposed to do it never would’ve escalated,” Sellers said.

“I mean why would I go to the principal and this lady is ready to jump on me,” Johnson said.

The judge and even some residents side with Johnson saying the parent was completely out of order.

“Police should’ve been notified ASAP without any questions you don’t wait to get higher authority to call somebody and you see a threat right there on the spot,” retired law enforcement officer, Ricky Anderson, said.

“They can always speak their opinion however I’m always going to exact the rules regulations and guidelines that is how we protect the system,” Sellers said.

A big question raised for the school board.

Is the current policy strong enough for teachers to feel protected?

An issue that may be worth a second look.

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