KISD takes steps to tackle school violence problem

Emani Payne reports.

KILLEEN - In our continuing coverage on the fights at Killeen schools district officials may soon be implementing a change to help troubled students get back on the right path. Officials are considering starting a mentoring program with parent and community involvement as well as expanding upon their already existing programs, they say it will help to create a more positive learning environment for students. 

Community members submitted 64 questions/suggestions to KISD during a town hall meeting last week ranging from bullying policies to conflict resolution programs, there were also several questions about a mentoring program, something the district is already hoping to expand upon.

District officials released a statement to Channel 6 News Wednesday afternoon saying in part that mentoring programs help students develop self esteem and that they want to work with the community through the program to establish safer schools. 

Former Shoemaker High mothers say the program is a good start but that it's coming a little late, they say the district needs to really work with the community and parents to make the program a success. 

"The more I see them involving the community the more I'm going to feel like I can trust them. I want the right changes I don't want something thrown together I want something really focused on helping the students because people don't know what their kids are doing" says Former Shoemaker High parent Shelly Hewitt.

"I will say that I think the district is trying to do something but I think that it's late in the game so they have a lot of work to do and slowly piecing things together isn't going to work, we need immediate results" says Former Shoemaker High parent Erica Brown.

The moms also say they want to see the district consider other solutions to curb the violence as well including holding more town hall meetings, focus groups and community service projects like working  with Habitat for Humanity among other things.

No word yet on how or when the mentoring program might be implemented. 


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