Mon 31 Mar 2014 18:13
Climate at black Bartram John Main High School raises concerns about safety, education /school rated abject failurePosted by: Malcontent
When Alphonso Stevenson was knocked unconscious by a student at Bartram High recently, staffers were shocked by the assault on the tall, genial man whose job was to keep the school calm. But many were not surprised.
The school, by many accounts, can be a frightening place, where fights and drug use are common and large groups of students often roam the hallways.
“I had a better chance in Vietnam,” said longtime social studies teacher Stephen Pfeiffer, an Army veteran. “Here, you lock your door and pray no one comes in.”
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the school is rated a 1 (10 being the best). Good Grief! Even most Latino dominated schools rate at least an abject failure of 2.