Advocacy groups criticize response to behavioral issues at Warren middle school

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WARREN, R.I. (WLNE) – In the wake of recent behavioral problems at Kickemuit middle school, the ACLU and other advocacy groups are criticizing the way the school district plans to solve the issue.

Last week, hundreds of parents and teachers brought their concerns to the school committee about how disciplinary problems are being handled.

To help tackle the issue, a full-time police officer was put in place.

Advocacy groups are now denouncing that decision, saying instead, the school needs to do more to address the social service needs of students.

Anne Mulready, an attorney with The Rhode Island Disability Law Center, advocated putting more counselors in schools to help kids directly, as well as linking kids to services in the community and providing more training and assistance for current staff, teachers and other social workers.

Mulready also thinks there’s a need for more mental health and social services at schools across the state, not just Kickemuit.

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