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Warren Township Superintendent Addresses Walkout Incidents at Warren Middle School, Police Called

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Warren Township Superintendent Addresses Walkout Incidents at Warren Middle School, Police Were Called (Mingle reads statement) Credits: B. Nemcek
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WARREN, NJ - Social media and in person discussions over the weekend regarding incidents during a walkout at Warren Middle School on Friday stirred up the Warren community. Warren Township Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Matt Mingle read the following statement at Tuesday’s meeting of the Warren Township Board of Education:

There are allegations being discussed in the community that one or more Warren Middle School students made inappropriate comments on Friday, April 20, 2018. We take these allegations seriously. As soon as they were brought to the administration’s attention, we launched an investigation to 1) determine the veracity of what was reported; 2) determine the student(s) responsible; and 3) determine appropriate consequences for any violations of school rules or policies. In this instance, we also notified the Warren Township Police Department.

Due to student privacy rights and the ongoing investigation, I will not be able to share any further details this evening about specific allegations against individual students.

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As stated in the Warren Middle School handbook, “abusive or obscene language, sarcasm, and back talk will not be allowed nor tolerated. Racial or religious slurs or any degrading comments will not be tolerated.”

It is of paramount importance that each Warren Middle School student enjoys an educational experience that is safe - both physically and emotionally - each and every day. Any time we are notified of a situation that threatens that environment, we respond to correct the situation immediately.

Should you ever be made aware of a concerning rumor, all students and parents are urged to make contact with a school counselor or administrator immediately so that appropriate action can be taken.

Parents and guardians of Warren Middle School students were notified last week that several eighth grade students had  organized a student walkout on Friday, April 20. 

The students planned to exit the building at 10 AM, gather around the flagpole and read names of the 17 victims of Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, with a minute of silence in between each name.  The students  also planned to recognize the anniversary of the tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999.  

“Students have been informed that this is not a school recognized event and that if students chose to participate, they accept responsibility for academic consequences and missed work,” said WMS Principal George Villar in the e-mail. “I have alerted the Warren Police of the students’ planned walkout as a precaution. The police will be closing the campus to all visitors during the time of the walkout.  Members of the faculty will be outside to observe the student activity and ensure their safety.”

 

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