East St. Louis School District, Board asks for community’s help

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by Laura Hettiger / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 11 at 6:00 PM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV) -- The city of East St. Louis has long battled crime and violence. Now, schools are facing similar problems and are asking for the community’s help.

Since the start of the school year in August, the district faced a cheating scandal, a fight that lead to an assistant principal getting a concussion and most recently, a student brought a loaded gun to the high school.

District representatives admit they need more help solving these problems. On Tuesday night, the district and school board will host a meeting and invite the public to offer suggestions. It will begin at 6 p.m. in the district board room at 1005 State Street.

Tuesday’s meeting will be the second for the Key Communicator Network—a group of people interested in helping District 189. Judging by some parents’ opinions, something needs to be done.

“I don’t know if I want my daughter to attend anymore,” parents Daniuell Sims said. “The system is terrible…the protection is terrible and the security is terrible.”

In the most recent incident, police believe a 19-year-old brought a loaded gun to school on Nov. 28. According to police, he allegedly gave it to a 16-year-old friend before it was found by a teacher in his backpack. East St. Louis police took both students into custody.

There are five metal detectors and two resource officers at the high school. It was unclear how the gun got inside the school.

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