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Kalamazoo, MI: Teachers demand help for kids with "disruptive behavior"

Feb 22, 2018, Kalamazoo, MI, WWMT: Concerned teachers demand change for Kalamazoo Public Schools http://wwmt.com/news/local/concerned-teachers-demand-change-for-kalamazoo-public-schools The teachers say more needs to be done to hold students accountable and to correct and treat disruptive behavior, especially in young students. Kary Mack, a teacher at Hillside Middle School, said, “I love being a mom, and I love being a teacher no matter how hard it gets, but at the end of the day I have to be able to come home to my kids. I want a commitment to listening to the teachers to make sure we all feel safe and we all are supported." Several teachers brought up a recent incident at Kalamazoo Central High School where a student was caught on camera jumping on a teacher who'd confronted him about being in the wrong classroom. “It is so disturbing to watch a disturbed 3rd grader and 4th grader and 5th grader and not see services for those children.” Piano and Woods Lake Elementary teacher Beth Luppe said, “The little guy who was tearing up the hallway today, I've been watching him for three years. You can't help but think this is the child who will become the next Nikolas Cruz.” Kalamazoo teachers are asking district leaders to review disciplinary procedures within the district and provide training for staff for trauma and crisis situations. …