Violence down at high school |

Violence down at high school

A panel of 10 South Tahoe High School students addressed a concerned Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education about campus unrest.

The students, of different races and gender, were part of Principal Karen Ellis’ report to the board on school violence at the high school.

They said violence was prevalent at the beginning of the school year, but believe the situation has eased as more students are reaching out to know their classmates.

Afterward, Ellis and other administrators answered questions from the board during the Tuesday night meeting.

Teachers Linda Blaney and Janna Gardino said they felt safe at the school and added they haven’t heard of recent fights on the 80-acre campus filled with more than 1,500 students.

Administrator Marilyn Pawling said she’s handed out more Saturday School slips and Vice Principal Jack Stafford said he was encouraged by the apparent decrease in gang activity.

Stafford told the board if parents had questions about any incidents, they should call the school and information will be available. He added if teachers have a concern, they should use the “open door policy” of the administration and talk to either Ellis or himself.

But teacher Mike Patterson disagreed with the discussion that centered around peace and control at the school, since he said he’s had to break up “numerous fights” over the years.

“I think there is an issue,” said Patterson, who teaches automotive classes. “I wonder if we work at the same school.”

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