ROSELLE, NJ - Several people voiced concerns to the Roselle Board of Education at its Monday night meeting that bullying is occurring at the Abraham Clark High School, and claimed that it is not being reported as required by law.
Four people, mostly parents, contended that their children had been bullied, jumped and even received death threats at the high school. However, they claimed that the school district’s January 2016 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Investigation Report does not reflect the incidents.
“What kind of report is that--that there is no bullying?” stated Linden resident, Sammie Muhammad, who said his family member asked for a transfer and was denied.
Another audience member alleged that a student claiming she was bullied is instead the cause of the conflict. She said that the young woman has had issues with her son.
One Roselle parent, who frequently volunteers at Abraham Clark, told the board that her daughter was bullied and that she reported it to a vice principal, but nothing changed.
After the meeting, she said she didn’t want to make it sound like the school is bad. “I don’t want that kind of stain on the school,” she said. “I love the school, I love our board… I love our superintendent; we have great teachers, great staff here …. but it’s a few people that don’t know how to respect students, how to respect parents…”
Superintendent Kevin R. West acknowledged the comments and agreed to discuss it with the board.
In other news, students, parents and teachers at the high school, middle schools and elementary schools, were given honors for their exceptional commitment and academic achievements.
Among those honored were, Washington Elementary School Teacher of the Year Ms. Yribelda Quizhpi, (with Board of Education Members and two of her students), Leonard V. Moore Middle School Parent of the Year Ms. Daniela Gonzalez (with Board of Education Members and her daughter), Kindergarten Success Academy Parent of the Month Ms. Camerina Luna and her son, Kindergarten Success Academy Student of the Month Uriel Meneses-Luna.
Nichelle L. Lane is reporting this story as part of the journalism program at Kean University.