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Strict discipline plan cutting down on fights at QJHS

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After a wild year last year filled incidents ranging from sexual assault to fighting, officials at Quincy Junior High School decided to take a harsher stand and implement stricter disciplinary rules.

And officials say those stricter rules are working.

Students were given a copy of the discipline handbook as they walked in the doors of QJHS the first day of school this year.

And WGEM News talked to students who say the rules inside of this handbook are really making a difference.

"I think that's great, it just makes me feel more comfortable in the school," said Deven Smith.

"It's calmer and like just kind of less tense and there's definitely been a lot less fights,' said Abbey Elsie.

And students like freshman Abbey Elsie and 8th grader Deven Smith should feel more comfortable this year because there have only been two fights that resulted in students being sent to the office this year.

By this time last school year, administrators had already dealt with 11 fights.

And in the handbook there's also a bullying report form where students can fill out just exactly who was bullied and what was done to them. After they fill out the form they hand it in to the attendance office.

The total number of referrals and out of school suspensions have both gone up from last year. While this may sound like bad news, Jeff Gragg, QJHS' dean of students, says it's actually not.

"It sends a message to the students that we expect good behavior from them and when they're not behaving their best, then we're going to hold them accountable," said Gragg.

And thanks to the new rules, the halls of QJHS are now a lot quieter and as Elsie said a lot more at ease, something she is very thankful for.

"Last year they thought that they could kind of do whatever they wanted and ya know you might get in trouble, but you might not. This year it's definitely set, this is the rules and there's no exceptions," said Elsie.

(See "Quincy Jr. High handing out strict punishments for fighting, swearing")

(Click here to read the full discipline plan sent home to students and parents at the beginning of the school year)

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