The City of Boston and Boston Public Schools have grown increasingly tight-lipped about the growing safety crisis in our public schools.
According to reporting done by The Boston Globe, “teachers, deans, and school safety specialists reported more than 4,000 other incidents to school administrators from September through November.” And in just the period between the start of school and Thanksgiving, “police responded to 177 incidents at 62 schools across the city.”
Here are just a few of the many serious incidents that occurred this year:
- September 2021 – Boston Police recovered a gun and arrested a student at the Community Academy of Science and Health High School in Fields Corner
- October 2021 - An 8-year-old Dorchester boy was assaulted on a school bus
- November 2021 - A 16-year-old student knocked her school principal unconscious at Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School
- November 2021 – A BPS staff member received a serious head injury while breaking up a knife fight between students
- February 2022 – A 6-year-old non-verbal, autistic student was sexually assaulted on school bus
- February 2022 – A student was arrested after bringing gun to Excel High School
- January 2022- A stabbing occurred after school dismissal near TechBoston Academy
- March 2022 – A teacher and student were shot in the parking lot of TechBoston Academy
- April 2022 - Live bullet and swastikas were found at Condon School in South Boston
- May 2022 – A bag of bullets was found at Boston Latin Academy
- May 2022 – Laptops were used on three assaults on students
- June 2022 – A taser gun was used in fight at Henderson School
Despite all of this, Boston Public Schools officials contend that schools are a safe working environment. SEIU continues to work to hold school administrators accountable for making our schools safe for both students and staff.