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NB teachers meet to discuss safety concerns

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The New Bedford teachers union held a meeting behind closed doors this afternoon.

The meeting was held to follow up concerns surrounding a climate of fear in city schools. That issue was brought to the superintendent earlier this year.

The president say the group had a lively discussion but strongly feels that they are not being adequately supported by the superintendent.

Outside the meeting many retired teachers and supporters gathered saying the recent violence is unacceptable.

Earlier this week a female student was expelled from the high school after allegedly throwing a trash can at a teacher.

The incident comes just about a month after a male student was expelled for throwing a chair at a teacher.

Teachers say these two publicized events are just examples of the violence they are facing on a daily basis.

“Teachers do not feel supported. And I can tell you from the discussions that we had today in that room, 99 percent of the people, almost 100 percent of the people felt that they were not supported by the superintendent,” says NBEA President Louis St. John, “and they feel they are not being treated as professionals.”

Earlier this week in response to the garbage can throwing incident super intendent Pia Durkin said that there cannot be students behaving that way in city schools.

The president says they will continue to further discuss the issues as a union next week.

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