Teachers assaulted by Franklin HS students

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ROCHESTER, NY – Five teachers at Franklin High School have said they were assaulted by students, according to four union presidents in the Rochester City School District. These would be the latest incidents of the growing problem of violence in the district.

Ruth Card is one of those teachers. She says she was assaulted on Friday while trying to protect another student during a fight.

“The students were screaming, ‘Stop, you’re hitting a teacher, stop,’” Card said.

A longtime teacher in the district, Card explained that she was not afraid at the time.

“The maternal instincts, they started, I guess,” she said. “I needed to protect [the student] and that’s what I should be doing anyway.

Rochester Teachers Association president Adam Urbanski said the presidents of the four RCSD unions sent a message to Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small and Board of Education chairman Van White. He calls on them to fight against violence in schools.

Card says she has filed a report with Rochester Police, which is sent to district chiefs. But she says no one has contacted her since.

“The district needs to start contacting us and the students,” Card said. “Start asking us what we need, ask the students.”

Card will spend the next few days recovering, and she says her arm and shoulder were injured during the fight.

There is no word yet on the condition of the other four teachers who were allegedly assaulted.

But after recovering, Card plans to return to class.

“I wouldn’t miss it,” she said. “I love my students and I am passionate about what is going on.

Card also said she had been in contact with the student she was trying to protect.

Spectrum 1 News has contacted the Rochester City School District and the Rochester Police Department for comment on the incidents and has yet to receive a response.


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