Parents allege police, professionals bully students
The Arlington school district and Arlington Police Department are investigating allegations that Lynn Hale Elementary students were bullied by school staff and a police officer during an anti-bullying assembly Feb. 21.
Parents reached out to CBS11 with the allegation that their children were called into the cafeteria via the school’s loud speaker system where a police officer photographed them and had them sign paperwork. The parents allege the officer said he would watch them throughout their education. Other students were reportedly later brought in and identified as their victims.
According to the Police Department, a school resource officer provided a presentation at the request of school officials.
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The police and district both released statements:
• “The Arlington Police Department takes the issue of bullying very seriously, and recognizes that our students are young citizens still developing social and life skills. We were notified early this week of complaints from a group of parents regarding a recent bullying presentation made by a school resource officer that was requested by school officials. Police supervisors are looking into the complaint and will work in conjunction with the Arlington Independent School District to ensure that those concerns are properly addressed.”
• “The Arlington ISD takes all reports of bullying seriously, and helps students develop skills to deal with social and behavioral issues. District administration received complaints about a campus-coordinated anti-bullying presentation conducted by a school resource officer and is working closely with the campus staff, Arlington Police Department and the parents as we investigate this incident. Appropriate action will be taken once the investigation is complete.”
School district conducting online survey
The Arlington school district is conducting an online parent satisfaction survey through April 4. The survey allows feedback on respect, availability of school employees, child’s learning and more.
The district will use results to set “measurable goals for continuous improvement” as a part of that one strategic plan they like to talk about a lot.
UT Arlington vice president headed to California post
UT Arlington’s vice president of student affairs is taking is own affairs elsewhere.
Frank Lamas is leaving the University of Texas at Arlington at the end of May and heading to Fresno State.
Lamas will serve as vice president of student affairs, enrollment management and student success.
“The position was broader and gave me responsibility for additional areas that I didn’t have here,” he said on his reasons for leaving just as UT Arlington makes a push for Tier 1 research status.
Lamas, who has worked at UTA for nine years, said he’ll also be closer to his younger son, who is moving to California, and his older son, who lives in Arizona.
Lamas, who is also an assistant professor in the UTA College of Education and Health Professions, said he’ll also teach a higher education course at Fresno.
Lisa Nagy, assistant vice president of student affairs, will serve as interim until a national search yields a replacement.
“It’s been fantastic. I love the place, love the students,” Lamas said. “It’s a very bittersweet kind of situation, but there are times when you need to move on.”
Earth Day Fun Run planned
The school district’s energy management department encourages an Earth Day activity each year for students and teachers to raise awareness about environmental issues.
This year’s event will be a fun run at River Legacy Parks on April 26. The two goals for the event are promoting environmental awareness and a healthier lifestyle for students and raising money for future energy-awareness activities in the school district.
The district’s Energy Committee, composed of representatives from every school and auxiliary building the district, helped facilities reduce utility consumption and costs last year by over 15 percent compared with the previous year. The efforts resulted in a $2 million savings for the district.
Online registration for the fun run is available at www.getmeregistered.com.