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Neighbors Say Local Kids Misbehaving on Walk to and from School


SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — When you get a call home from your child’s school, it’s never a good thing.

Parents of students at Forest Park Middle School all got a call from the principal Thursday night for a problem that extends beyond the school yard.

Forest Park Middle School is made up of students who primarily walk to school.

Now, people who live in the neighborhood are speaking out…many calling the school with reports of bad behavior as hundreds of students walk home.

“When the kids get out of school at the end of the day there’s a burst of activity in the area and there have been some complaints about foul language and kids misbehaving, “ said Azell Cavaan, Chief Communications Officer of the Springfield Public Schools.

It’s behavior that some neighbors have never seen. Yet others say they see it on a regular basis.

“At least once a week they have a fight, girls fight kids fight,” said Douglas Langevin, a neighborhood landlord.

The robo-call that parents received last night is just one of many actions that have been taken to try to eliminate the problem.

The principal, Medina Ali, has also been talking with the students about this issue since the beginning of the school year.

She also held assemblies with the students and has actually gone classroom to classroom talking with the them.

While it may be only a few students creating the problems at dismissal, Cavaan says in addition to the students themselves there are other parties also responsible from bringing an end to the bad behavior.

“Its the responsibility of the parents obviously to raise students who are not interested in raising that kind of havoc on their way home to and from school. And it’s also the responsibility of the community to seek help and support from police when this occurs,” added Cavaan.

Cavaan also says that because of the size  of the school and kids being kids, there will always be these sort of problems.

Once the students leave school property they are no longer under the schools authority.

Cavaan says that if residents experience a problem with students walking home from school they should call the Springfield Police.

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