Sit-down with the Superintendent: Woonsocket striving for safer schools in new year

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Woonsocket Public Schools administrators are working to assure parents their kids will be returning to a safe environment this school year.

The school department had to respond to multiple incidents last year, including an arrest after a threat at a middle school in December, and more arrests after a fight in March at the high school.

Superintendent Dr. Patrick McGee sat down with ABC 6’s K.C. Kantz this week.

He told ABC 6 News that social media is making dealing with these already difficult situations more challenging than in years past.

“One of the biggest challenges when it comes to students not getting along, or student fights, or things like that, has been social media,” McGee said. “Social media has been around, unfortunately, for a good number of years, but 20 years ago we didn’t have to deal with that. If there was an issue that a student had with another student, they dealt with it.”

The social media, he said, brings outside problems into the school day.

“Now, it’s just constant,” McGee said. “24 hours a day, seven days a week, where they’re constantly communicating with one another through social media negatively.”

Hear more from K.C.’s sit down with McGee Thursday and Friday starting at 5 a.m. on Good Morning Providence.

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