City School Board candidate speaks out about violence in city schools

Posted at: 04/29/2013 4:11 PM
Updated at: 04/29/2013 7:46 PM

Are schools in the city sticking to district's policy when it comes to violence in schools? That's the question being raised by a candidate for the city school board.

Mia Hodgins says she's especially concerned about policy differences between schools after a video surfaced on social media. The video was taken on a student's cell phone at Edison Tech and shows one student beating up another student.

Hodgins says the issues lie in the way individual schools enforce the district's policy.

Mia Hodgins, Candidate for Rochester City School Board, said, "There is a policy in place that is supposed to develop safety in teams, district wide, as well as, in each school building, and based on the lack of response or the response that has been individualized between each school, it's not universally in effect."

Hodgins says there are safety teams in each school. She says a lot of incidents like the fight at Edison Tech are being organized on social media and getting those teams more involved with students' online lives could help prevent problems in the future.