Atlantic City’s public school system has a serious problem on its hands and must find a way to get it under control without delay.
We urge New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and the State of New Jersey to intervene immediately.
A shocking video was sent to us by a parent of a student who attends the Atlantic City public school system.
I am sending the video directly to Governor Murphy so that he is immediately informed of this deeply disturbing situation. He would like to know. He must know that this is happening now.
The video features two children fighting. They are wearing boxing gloves. This appears to be the only “care” taken in this serious incident which occurred outside of school grounds…but which allegedly involved an Atlantic City Public Schools staff member, who serves as ” referee of this unauthorized fight”.
This adult also allowed them… looks, encouraged them to fight and without a proper helmet. A very dangerous situation.
We simply cannot publish the video (which is approximately 35 seconds long) as it involves underage children. However, we have been informed that the video has been posted on social media.
What we can tell you is that it is deeply troubling on so many levels.
The two students take part in a violent boxing match… resembling the famous Brad Pitt film “Fight Club”.
The two children fight on the grass in a residential area of Atlantic City.
The two children are surrounded by many other students, who seem to form a makeshift circle, enclosing the two fighting minors.
I took photos while watching the video (to observe the details) and you can easily see 10 or more spectators (of student age) all filming the fight from their smartphones.
It’s hard to fathom that an adult would voluntarily participate in something like this.
Our multiple Atlantic City sources have reported that the two students reportedly had a problem with each other at school.
There are still details that need to be learned, but, we were told that this staged fight off school premises was established with advanced planning efforts… in an attempt to resolve the issue outside of the school. school.
In the video, one of the onlookers yells at the two children to hit each other, while repeatedly using the “N Word”.
It’s not just a case of ‘kids will be kids’, as a grown man…who we were told is a staff member of the Atlantic City Public School directly participates and officiates at this level of violence.
Superintendent of Atlantic City Public Schools, La’Quetta Small must regain control of the schools she is responsible for running.
We have received several other videos of fights, of physical altercations that regularly occur right inside schools.
Again, with many students gathering to witness and participate in these pop-up fights.
We have been advised that one of the parents (of both fighters) will be requesting this Monday, May 9, 2022 that the alleged staff member appearing in the “Fight Club” style video be terminated from public employment for his alleged participation.
In the form of this open letter… Governor Murphy, State Comptroller of Atlantic City Schools and Commissioner of Education, please intervene ASAP, before something worse happens.
SOURCES: Atlantic City Public Schools parent and video of incident involving two children.
New Jersey High School Graduation Rate
The lists below show the 4-year graduation rates for New Jersey public schools for the 2020-21 school year. The statewide graduation rate fell slightly from 91% in 2019-20 to 90.6%.
The listings, which are sorted by county and include a separate listing for charter schools, also include a second graduation rate, which excludes students whose special education IEPs allow them to qualify for degrees despite not not meet typical course and attendance requirements.
Columns with an asterisk or “N” indicate that there was no data or that it was suppressed to protect student confidentiality.