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Solution to video violence in CMSD schools right under the district's nose

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Violence at John Adams High School, Cleveland Violence at John Adams High School, Cleveland
Violence at John Adams High School, Cleveland Violence at John Adams High School, Cleveland
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The reaction 19 Action News has received from the Cleveland Schools to the airing of cell phone video of fights inside John Adams High has been predictable. 

Day One, the district will investigate if the incident(s) took place in one of their buildings.  After that, the silence is typically deafening until the next video comes out. Lost in all of this is that the solution is right under the district's nose and they're ignoring it.

You've seen video of the repeated fights. Fights that a district release hints are shot by students who hope they are showcased on television. So once again, it's the reporters fault in their view.

But the reality is all the district has to do is enforce its own policy. Section 15 talks about student behavior and discipline. Specific violations are clearly stated like this one, "students shall not use digital, video or cellular telephone cameras or other electronic devices on school property or in school buildings."

The policy goes on to say the devices can't be used, heard or even seen on school property.  So rather than pointing fingers, maybe a look in the mirror and enforcing its own policy is the answer.

19 Action News is aware that some kids come to school looking for trouble, and you can't have a security guard on every troublemaker.  But unless a culture of violence is broken, how do you protect all those good kids the district likes to talk about?

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