July 18, 2019, NBC2, Charleston, SC: Chaos in the [Elementary] Classroom https://www.counton2.com/news/the-investigators/chaos-in-the-classroom/
CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Over 22,000 fights were reported in South Carolina schools last year. That’s up roughly 13 percent from the previous year. A Count on 2 investigation revealed that Charleston County School District leads the Tri-county area in school fights, with some schools reporting numbers in the hundreds. Family counselor, David Kalergis, says the high number of fights in the classroom is cause for concern. “When they’re happening in the frequency in the hundreds, that starts to normalize that.”… Chicora Elementary boasts the most reported fights with over 280 last school year. … Kalergis says fights involving elementary-aged students can mean trouble in the future…. He also adds that there are a number of factors that could contribute to a child acting out during school, including what they experience on a day to day basis. “Are they witnessing violence at home, what are they exposed to on social media, what movies are they watching, and what video games are they playing?”… One school district’s response Last year, over 22,000 fights were reported in South Carolina – a 13 percent increase from the previous year. A Count on 2 investigation revealed that Charleston County School District leads the Tri-county area in school fights, with some schools reporting numbers in the hundreds. … The programs are meant to focus on communication, decision making, and expression which are areas that children often struggle with. “We really realized our kids didn’t really have the skills we needed them to have for communication which is at the crux for most kids getting into trouble.” … In the past three years, tens of thousands of fights have been reported in South Carolina schools. Charleston County School District has among the highest number of fights inside the classroom….