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“We are scared:” Parents concerned for students safety at Milwaukee school, call for change

“We are scared: ” Parents concerned for students safety at Milwaukee school, call for change

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) - Parents at Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learners are concerned after videos surface of students fighting.

A few parents and the Milwaukee Black Panthers held a press conference on Monday. 

“‘We are scared, not only for our children, everyone else’s children, and the staff,” said Taisha Cole, parent.

Milwaukee Public Schools confirmed there was a fight on Thursday involving two students. On Monday, the Milwaukee Black Panthers sent out three videos showing students fighting. Parents and the Milwaukee Black Panthers say the videos were recorded within the last two weeks.

“When you have children running into classrooms, jumping on other students and no one is helping out that is a major problem,” said King Rick, Milwaukee Black Panthers.

Parents reached out to the school and the school board but say they did not get a response. Some even decided to pull their students out of school because of the fighting.

“No control,” said Dianna Bennett, parent.

Milwaukee Public Schools district leaders are investigating and looking for solutions to recent disruptions. It released this statement, stating in part, “As MPS continues their investigation, the school is adding support staff to WCLL and coordinating additional conversations with families, students, and school staff.”

MPS' full statement:

MPS values the concern of the families at Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning and the Milwaukee community regarding matters of behavior in the school.
MPS strives to provide a high-quality education in a safe environment for every student in the district. When we become aware of a situation that distracts from education or safety, it receives our complete attention.
We maintain open channels of communication with all families. We want to assure all families, students, and community members that district leaders are investigating and seeking solutions to recent disruptions at Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning.
As MPS continues their investigation, the school is adding support staff to WCLL and coordinating additional conversations with families, students, and school staff.


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