Gregory Meece, the director of Newark Carter, said that hundreds of Newark Charter School students took part in a peaceful gathering/protest on Friday morning following a Monday incident, between a student and teacher.
Meece said that “while there are questions and concerns, please understand that a school cannot publicly discuss personnel matters any more than it can publicly discuss personal student issues.”
Dear Jr./Sr. High School Parents,
I know that parents and students have concerns about a situation that arose on Monday between a high school teacher and a student. Please know that we appreciate your concerns for all involved and for the impact this situation has on our school, on classes taught by this teacher and on the reputation of all parties involved. While there are questions and concerns, please understand that a school cannot publicly discuss personnel matters any more than it can publicly discuss personal student issues.
What I can tell you is that we are doing the best we can to provide all parties involved in this specific incident the opportunity to be heard, to complete internal and external investigations in the matter, and to move forward in an appropriate and fair way for all parties involved. Our NCS families expect no less.
I also appreciate those who have expressed their concerns. Students expressed their concern with a peaceful gathering in the cafeteria this morning. Students and parents are encouraged to trust the process and to know that we will communicate when we can.
Whatever the outcome, be assured that the quality and integrity of the school’s academic program and its standards for personal conduct will be upheld.
Students were asked to return to class several times. The protest ended at around 8:30 a.m., when one of the students asked the others to go back to class.