As if kids today didn’t have enough to worry about. Instances of student-on-student aggression, online threats, fighting and – on April 21 – the confiscation of a pistol from a student at Ygnacio Valley High in Concord have made the 2022 school year an especially hard one for students.
In emails to parents, school districts and school principals promise that more will be done to counter potentially harmful incidents and increase campus safety.
Restricted school access, heightened on-campus security, increased cooperation with police – are all being discussed if not already implemented.
“There have been several fights on campus this week that have disrupted the learning environment and created unsafe situations,” District Superintendent Adam Clark wrote in an email dispatched to parents following the April 21 incident at Ygnacio Valley High. “We have provided additional administrators and security personnel to assist in supervision during lunch as well as dismissal. The Concord Police Department has also been notified of these events and officers are assisting with maintaining a safe environment.”
While some attention (news of the discovery of a weapon on campus was not widely disseminated) focused on Ygnacio Valley High after the fights were reported and the gun recovered, the school was by no means the only one affected. Other local schools have also been dealing with incidents of online threats and fighting of their own.
Some schools are revising or examining policies for students on campus but not in the classroom and taking a hard line against those students who stray from school grounds to fight or engage in other unlawful activity.
“Students that choose not to go to class will be brought to the office and a phone call home will be made to parents for support to ensure that everyone’s safety is the utmost priority,” Ygnacio High Principal Jonathan Pike wrote parents. “Ygnacio Valley High School Students who refuse to follow directives of staff members to return to class may be subject to additional consequences.”
A variety of reasons have been suggested as possible causes for the increased discord in schools, with everything from off-campus community tensions infiltrating the schools to an erosion of socialization skills driven home during the COVID-19 quarantine given.