An emergency meeting is organized in Lawrence to discuss a recent series of brawls involving high school students. The joint meeting between the Lawrence School Committee and Lawrence City Council began at the Lawrence Public Library at 7 p.m. Monday. asked Lawrence’s public school superintendent Cynthia Paris to resign. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley was invited to attend the emergency meeting. Riley was unable to attend the meeting, but he did meet with law enforcement officials from Lawrence’s public schools earlier today. the arrest of five students. Witnesses said at least six brawls took place at Lawrence High School on October 12. One of the brawls led to the arrest of two female students, police said. Another fight the next day led to three more arrests, police said. Lawrence Mayor Kendrys Vasquez, who has joined the march to school in solidarity with teachers, calls for an end to the 10-year state receivership and a return to local control of the school district. “It goes beyond COVID. These are structural changes necessary to ensure that we provide the best quality education and a safe environment for our students and educators, ”said Vasquez.Gov. Charlie Baker promises more investment in the problem, although finding mental health workers has been difficult. right now – in mental health services, in general, and pediatric mental health services in particular – is a human capital issue, ”Baker said Monday afternoon. culture and climate with students and added four school culture specialists to the staff. District officials also said four more security guards would be hired.

An emergency meeting is held in Lawrence to address a recent spate of fighting involving high school students.

The joint meeting between the Lawrence School Committee and Lawrence City Council began at the Lawrence Public Library at 7 p.m. Monday.

During the meeting, some parents called on the director of public schools Lawrence Cynthia Paris to resign.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education commissioner Jeffrey Riley was invited to attend the emergency meeting. Riley was unable to attend the meeting, but he did meet with law enforcement officials from Lawrence’s public schools earlier today.

Teachers at Lawrence High School held a rally and walk-in on Monday morning to call for change as the violence injured a teacher and led to the arrest of five students.

Witnesses said at least six brawls took place at Lawrence High School on October 12. One of the brawls led to the arrest of two female students, police said. Another fight the next day led to three more arrests, police said.

Re-acclimatization to school after the COVID-19 shutdown is seen as part of the problem as students struggle to adjust to the return to full-time in-person learning.

Lawrence Mayor Kendrys Vasquez, who has joined the march to school in solidarity with teachers, calls for an end to the 10-year state receivership and a return to local control of the school district.

“It goes beyond COVID. These are structural changes necessary to ensure that we provide the best quality education and a safe environment for our students and educators, ”said Vasquez.

Governor Charlie Baker is promising more investment in the problem, although the search for mental health workers has been difficult.

“This is something, obviously, that we want to work with Lawrence to work on and solve… but the big challenge that we all have in mental health right now – in mental health services, in general, and mental health services. pediatric mental health in particular – is a human capital issue, ”Baker said Monday afternoon.

On Monday morning, law enforcement officials in Lawrence said they had dedicated the first block of the school to discussing school culture and climate with students and added four school culture specialists to the staff. District officials also said four more security guards would be hired.

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