Member calls out school board for ignoring violence at MLK Middle

RICHMOND- Va. (WRIC) — Things got heated Monday night at the Richmond Public School Board meeting.

Board member Shonda Harris-Muhammad said its time members do something about the violence at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. She said it has taken over the school, terrorizing staff and destroying the building.

“They are terrorizing our staff, some of them,” said Harris-Muhammad. “And it has to stop. “Nobody on this board loses sleep like I do about the issues that are going on in that middle school,” said Harris-Muhammed.

She said no one has contacted her to help try and fix the problems the school is facing.

“When a teacher gets pushed so hard that her head hits the back of the door and then falls, Houston, we have a problem,” said Harris-Muhammed.

“When a teacher gets pushed so hard that her head hits the back of the door and then falls, Houston, we have a problem.” –Shonda Harris-Muhammad

She acknowledged that the school is community fed and that something needs to go on with rezoning, but in the meantime, she insists this school needs immediate attention.

“If we don’t start having some courageous conversations about how children behave, because some of them are tearing up a 42.5 plus-or-minus-a million-or-two-dollar building to pieces,” explained Harris-Muhammed.

When the emotional plea came to an end, she said they have a problem and need to do better.

“I’ve said it out loud it’s on the record whatever record it is on,” said Harris-Muhammed. “Don’t make me have this conversation again.”

Afterwards, multiple school board members asked to join her to tour the school, address staff and try and work toward a possible solution.

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