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Quincy Jr. High handing out strict punishments for fighting, swearing


QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM)--- After a wild year last year at Quincy Junior High, filled with foul language, fights and bomb threats, a new administration is taking a harsh stand tonight.

This year the school has new regulations, some, that if your child disobeys, could have legal consequences.

Parents should have received a letter in the mail that says this:

If your child gets in a fight while at school that's an automatic 5 day Out of School Suspension. 

If they cuss at a teacher automatic that's an automatic 3 day Out of School Suspension, and if they accumulate 10 days of Out of School suspensions in any way shape or form they are recommended for expulsion.

"Yeah, like kids were always trying to push and you really didn't want to walk down the hallways," said Arriana Benjamin, and 8th grader at Quincy Junior High School.

Benjamin says some days last school year she didn't feel safe in her own school and she's not alone.

"It was really weird, and it felt unsafe and a lot of fights and stuff, and then you have to go through all this security every day," said Brady Schanz.

 But, new Principal Dan Sparrow has made some changes when it comes to discipline and, now students like Benjamin and Schanz say they're not as worried.

 The new disciplinary system consists of 5 levels; with the 5th level dealing with the most severe offenses and punishments.

Sparrow says last year the school saw the highest number of fights in recent years, and this year he is making it a point to change that.

"We've got to make sure that we stand firm and that we set clear expectations for what our students are about and what our building is about and we move forward," said Sparrow.

Schanz thinks the new rules will deter kids from mis-behaving.

"Suspended for 5 days that should give you a little hint that you shouldn't be doing that, and then 3 days, that's still long," said Schanz.

And Benjamin agrees.

"I think that it's definitely going to help. I've already seen a big change in the hallways and classes and kids are definitely respecting the teachers now," said Benjamin.


(Click here to read the letter sent home to QJHS families, along with the tiered discipline system.)

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