Stamford administrators talk about what they’ve done after rash of student arrests | #students | #parents

STAMFORD — Citing a “challenging start” to the new school year, district and building administrators spoke about how they have tried to curb the violence at school buildings which has lead to 20 arrests this school year.

Videos alleged to be of the fights in Stamford have been posted on social media; two high school security guards were injured breaking up fights and one was punched in the face, police said.

Amy Beldotti, associate superintendent for teaching and learning, said district officials expected a rocky beginning to the school year.

“We knew we were coming out a pandemic and we have students who hadn’t been in school for 18 months,” she said during a meeting of the Board of Education’s Teaching, Learning and Community Committee earlier this week.

Beldotti said increased fighting among students is an issue across the country after a year in which students remained at home for a large percentage of school days. She said colleagues in school districts across the state have reported similar rises in school violence.

“This is something that is not unique to Stamford,” she said.

Nonetheless, she said officials are concerned about the number of incidents so far this year.

“Our most important goal is to have safe and healthy and happy students and environments in our high schools,” she said.

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