|Statistics of Disciplinary Actions of Student Groups at BHS|
One testimony from the students stood out when Bradley Souffrant X, a student at Brockton High and member of Pioneers & Protégés, sat before the school committee with a petition to change Brockton High School's demerit system signed by 800 fellow students.
|Bradley Souffrant X addresses the Brockton School Committee|
While the mayor was absent from the night's committee meeting, superintendent Kathleen Smith broke protocol to reply to the list of complaints and demands brought by the group of students and community. She reassured that Brockton High was looking to alternative solutions like a redemption court for recently disciplined students to appeal. She also urged that there be more participation by the voters in the city of Brockton to get involved in this issue, be a part of the conversation, but more importantly be a part of the solution. The community groups present were Pioneers & Protégés and the Brockton Interfaith Community, BIC, committed to addressing the issues. Isabel Lopez, head organizer of BIC spoke before the school committee to ensure that the organization would be following through to find ways to solve the disciplinary problems.
There is no question that a school of 4,000 plus students will have its needs and issues to be addressed. The demerit system, suspensions, and expulsions must be reviewed, amended, and corrected. While Brockton High School has a long list of achievements, it is important that citizens look at the issues present and find a way to make Brockton High inclusive and with the correct resources to cater to all of the students that attend.
*You can read Bradley's Speech in its entirety at http://othervoicenewsletter.blogspot.com/2015/03/black-youth-group-pioneers-and-proteges.html*