Parents, teachers and students of Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School in Omaha may soon see some relief from outbursts by disruptive students. There have been reports of students attacking teachers, pushing and shoving teachers, verbal abuse and even one teacher was stabbed with a pencil. One teacher quit because of unruly students and violence. Omaha Public School District spokesperson Monique Farmer says changes are already being made to improve the school’s environment.
Farmer says, “The consultant who is bringing in a team and will be working with the school for about six months. They really are going to be introducing some additional strategies that can be used in the building to help better shape that culture and get everybody into the mindset that academics excellence is really the norm and not the exception at the school.”
The Omaha Public School District already added extra security and student deans to assist in the problems. The student population nearly doubled this year to more than 550 when a sixth grade was added and that may be a contributor. Farmer says students will get an extra day off for Thanksgiving break so teachers can get one day of training to help get these behavioral issues under control.