Unmanaged anger

At a Baltimore high school, an assembly on anger management turned into a brawl.

Woodlawn High School ninth-graders who gathered yesterday for an assembly on anger management instead got an up-close lesson in violence, when a shoving match grew into a melee that led to two arrests — including one student’s mother – and 11 suspensions.

As students on stage acted out peaceful ways to resolve conflict, one student’s mother confronted a group of girls who had been bothering her child, authorities said.

Screaming quickly escalated into pushing and hitting, and school officials dialed 911 as the crowd of 750 students erupted into “chaos,” said Woodlawn Principal C. Anthony Thompson.

Students stood on their auditorium seats and rushed toward the fighting girls to get a better look, one student said, and soon other fights were breaking out in the auditorium.

The anger management facilitator yelled at students to stop, but they paid no attention.

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Comments

  1. I doubt this shows up on the resume of the anger management professional.

  2. What a hoot, sadly. Schools frequently have to “show” that they’ve done something in the realm of “anger management” to satisfy the central office overseers. Kids at middle school level on up just laugh it off b/c the role-playing stuff (probably like what was noted in the article) is so ridiculously hokey and unrealistic.

    If students were gathered and merely TOLD in no uncertain terms what the consequences were for bullying, fighting, etc., that’d be at least as effective (IMO, much moreso) as this touchy-feelie drivel.

  3. Mad Scientist says:

    Who says irony is dead?

  4. Marx Brothers, anyone?

  5. PJ/Maryland says:

    I should probably point out that Woodlawn is in the Baltimore County school system, not the Baltimore City school system. It’s a suburban school system (tho Woodlawn is an inner suburb).

  6. Walter Wallis says:

    I am torn, now, between Dave and D.B. for Secretary of H.E.W.
    You guys toss a coin.

  7. D. Cooper says:

    Pick meeeee!!!! Free sky diving lessons!!

  8. Who’s DB and what’s the HEW?

  9. D. Cooper says:

    Dave…Walter’s having fun, I’m DB as in D.B.Cooper, the famous paratrooper. I guess Health Education & Welfare or Heros Educators and Wombats … I don’t really know where he’s going with it…. he can explain in plain English if he wishes… matters not.

  10. Kirk Parker says:

    > Dave…Walter’s having fun, I’m DB as in D.B.Cooper,

    You ended up as a teacher?????? Wow!

  11. Richard Heddleson says:

    Walter’s showing his age by referring to HEW.

  12. Dave Dahlke says:

    Another program that spouts “just say no” goes down the tube.

  13. D. Cooper says:

    Kirk … most of that money got lost on the way down, so I had to go legit!! Clever idea though, wasn’t it?

  14. Walter Wallis says:

    Jump out of a 727 at night over a forest, or face an inner city high school class. Hmmmmmm…

  15. D. Cooper says:

    If it was an ICHS Walter, it would have been a no brainer.

  16. From reading the article, it seems like the incident was precipitated by a parent entering the auditorium and confronting a child who had supposedly bothered her daughter. If adults in a community are out of control, it isn’t surprising that students are, as well.

  17. Walter Wallis says:

    Yes Ma’am. Back on topic. Sorry.

  18. The anger management counsellor “yelled at the kids to stop” and they didn’t? Well, counsellor, isn’t that what we learnt at anger management 101? That yelling just makes everything worse?

  19. >> should probably point out that Woodlawn is in the Baltimore County school system, not the Baltimore City school system. It’s a suburban school system (tho Woodlawn is an inner suburb).