Student concerns about safety highlight a national problem

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TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – A new study by Troy City Schools found a quarter of students don’t feel safe at school. The superintendent says it’s not necessarily a problem that’s unique to Troy City Schools, but rather something that’s indicative of a larger, national issue.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of Troy City Schools. It’s a matter of schools across the county in general based on school violence,” Superintendent Chris Piper said. “Watch the news and you’ll see school violence somewhere at some point in the not too distant future and in the not too recent past.”

The survey was done as part of strategic plan by the district – asking students, parents, staff, and the wider community a series of questions about the school environment.

Fifty-eight per cent of students at Troy City Schools say they feel safe in the classroom. Twenty-five per cent say they don’t. Another sixteen per cent, aren’t sure.

“Nationwide, the results are much higher,” Piper said, pointing to a recent Gallup poll that found concerns about safety remain elevated.
“Thirty-five per cent of parents, nationwide, reported that they don’t feel like their kids were safe at school. That’s alarming.”

Piper says the district is aware school safety remains a concern and they have taken steps to keep kids safe.

“We have three full time Student Resource Officers in our schools,” he said. “We’ve done additional training this year with our staff and students, regarding school safety. So we’ve been very proactive.”

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