Radio Times

School violence in Philadelphia

April 15, 2014

Guests: Linda Cliatt-Wayman, Otis Hackney

Violence at Bartram High School in Southwest Philadelphia has shaken up the city.  After a video went viral showing students assaulting a staff member, the school’s chaotic climate has received a lot more attention.  But Bartram isn’t the only school struggling with safety issues. Massive budget cuts in schools across the city have led to significantly smaller staffs supporting and supervising larger numbers of students. Today we’ll talk about school violence, what’s behind it and how to make schools safe.  Our guests are two Philadelphia high school principals who have confronted violence in their own schools — OTIS HACKNEY, the Principal of South Philadelphia High School and LINDA CLIATT-WAYMAN, Principal of Strawberry Mansion High School.

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