D.C. Middle School Plagued by Violence, Chaos

Hart Middle School not making the grade

Extra security and a team of administrators have been sent to Hart Middle School after three teachers were assaulted, a teen was charged with carrying a shotgun and students ran through the hallways discharging fire extinguishers, according to the Washington Post.

The D.C. middle school has had plenty of academic issues to go along with those disciplinary problems.  Only 17 percent of its students read at proficiency level last year, leading to a mandatory overhaul under federal law, the paper reported.

Teacher shortages, construction delays and struggles associated with a new principal have added to the chaos, according to the Post.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee sent in the team of administrators in an effort to shore up the school and bring order back to the classroom. 

But Hart isn't alone in its disciplinary problems.  The Post reported that police arrested 19 girls at Dunbar High School this past week after a series of fights, and there have also been problems with "crews of girls" fighting at Anacostia High School.

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