Dear BPS Families,
Last week, students at Brockton High School were held in their classrooms after a student was stabbed during an altercation with another student. The student who is alleged to have committed this violent act is facing multiple criminal charges and the victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
This incident infuriated every member of our community who has been working for months to improve school culture and encourage mutually respectful interactions. We will not allow this abhorrent act of violence to throw us off our course.
Here is what we’re doing to bolster our resources at BHS:
- COMMUNITY ALLIES: Today, I am announcing the creation of the Community Allies program. Community Allies will support Principal Burns and her administrative team in monitoring hallways and exterior doors during the school day. More importantly, Community Allies will build positive relationships with the students at Brockton High School and be another group of caring adults that students can turn to for support.
If you’d like to apply to become a Community Ally, please click here to complete an application. We will offer part-time and full-time employment at a rate of $25 per hour. Working hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
We strongly encourage interested BPS parents/guardians and BHS alumni/ae to apply.
- NEW SECURITY FIRM AT BHS: Over the weekend, we hired The Edward Davis Company, an outside security firm, which will be responsible for operating the school’s metal detectors and monitoring entrances to the building. Principal Burns will send a message on Monday afternoon to BHS families about any changes that students should expect on Tuesday morning. The details are still being finalized as of this writing.
As BHS families know, in November we transitioned to conducting routine safety checks on random days without prior warning. That process requires the involvement of dozens of BHS staff members and unfortunately staffing has been a daily challenge due to the latest COVID-19 surge. The Edward Davis Company will provide an added layer of security and place less of the burden of morning safety checks on our staff members.
Some of you have asked why School Police aren’t being used to conduct bag searches. As a reminder, School Police are law enforcement officers and cannot participate in searches or any school disciplinary matter unless alleged behavior rises to the level of criminal misconduct.
I will keep you informed if additional changes are necessary.