HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Some Beaver County parents say their school district isn’t doing enough to keep kids safe.
They say a third grader continues to be violent in the classroom and has threatened other kids.READ MORE: Black Bear Spotted Roaming Near Rt. 981 In New Alexandria
“I am here to ask the board what they intend to do about a particular third grade student that has been terrorizing the class now for three years,” parent Bob Belli said.
About a dozen parents who attended the Hopewell School Board meeting Tuesday night say they didn’t get the answers they were looking for.
“I think it is ridiculous; he really didn’t say anything. I met with him in October and he pretty much said same thing,” Belli said.
They’re concerned about a third grade boy who they say continues to act out in class. The most recent incident happened less than a week ago.
“This past Thursday, this student apparently assaulted a teacher and threatened to blow the school up,” Belli said.
Parents say the student has thrown chairs and desks. One mother says the student threatened to stab her son. They say the school has suspended the student before, but parents want him expelled.READ MORE: Police Searching For Missing 82-Year-Old Merilyn Penn
“How many school fatalities are there per year? Are you just going to blow this off?” another parent said.
The superintendent says the district is working on the problem.
“We’re having a discussion of what to do with the whole class, but it’s premature as to what type of activities this will be,” Superintendent Dr. Charles Reina said. “We take every situation very seriously. Not every situation is the same.
KDKA’s Amy Wadas: “Parents are scared. They say you will get an attorney if they address this to the media?”
Superintendent Reina: “No, that’s not true.”
“I understand this child needs help, but my child needs help. He’s afraid to go to school,” Belli said.
The superintendent couldn’t specify how long it will take to address the issue, and he couldn’t give any specifics on how the student will be handled.MORE NEWS: South Hills Resident Rose Spencer Celebrates Her 100th Birthday
Reina says he also talked to the teacher involved in the incident last week.