Lee High School Holds Meeting On Recent Threat, Parents Speak Out On Other Issues

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By Ashley Thompson

 

 

Montgomery Public Schools leaders and Montgomery police held a meeting to address safety concerns, after a threatening message was found in the school bathroom at Lee High School.

Though most of the parents who were at the meeting were not just concerned with the recent threat, they're also frustrated with what they say is a dangerous environment at Lee.

 

 

 

All students who did not come to school on Monday will be excused.

According to Montgomery Public Schools records, 863 students were absent from Lee on November 18th. And some students tell us it's because a threat at Lee High School is serious.

"It's just crazy then all the police up here...the school is outrageous," says student Montir Colvin.

Now, parents want to know what is being done to keep their children safe.

"The safety, that's always the number one issue, the safety," says parent Marie Bozeman.

"You've got metal detectors up, that's to stop them from getting guns and stuff in here," says Theresa Days. "But other than that, kids are still getting beat on, bullied, all of that."

And it appears that bullying and fighting are problems at Lee.

"It's like we can't even learn for real because there's so much mess and so much fighting," Colvin says. "Everybody worried about fighting but not worried about doing they're work."

It's that environment that school officials want to get rid of. Interim Superintendent Margaret Allen answered parents' questions, many upset with how the school handled the threat.

"I was one of the parents who was not notified," says Mary Carter-Gregory. "Unfortunately I had to hear about the situation through the media and I was very concerned."

Montgomery Public Schools spokesperson Tom Salter tells us he understands the concerns and says officials are working to ease them.

"We've been working very closely with the police department and other law enforcement to make sure that we keep school as safe as we can."

Still, some parents tell us Lee High School is not a safe place.

 

"The school is set up like a prison so these kids are going to act like it's a prison," Days says.

 

Montgomery Police say they will patrol the area around Lee before, during and after school until further notice.

The school is also using metal detectors on the students there.




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