Concerns over conduct at Harlem High

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
News 12 @ 6 O'clock / NBC 26 at 7

HARLEM, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- People I spoke with say when it comes to making sure students are behaving during school hours, that shouldn't only be the school's responsibility, they say parents need to step in.

"My firm belief is that charity begins at home, teaching begins at home, I think that there's been a breakdown in the teaching at home,” said Anthony Martin, High School Parent, and Local Pastor.

Anthony Martin has five kids he says when it comes to students and teachers getting in trouble two groups need to fix the problem.

"I think there should be more of a vetting, especially when it comes to teachers."

"I think parents do need to step in a little bit more and be aware and never take for granted that you know everything about your child."

In the past month at Harlem High School teacher, Lesley Trapnell Douglas was arrested for sexual assault of a student, another student was arrested for hitting a teacher and two more students were arrested just a few days ago for engaging in sex acts during school.

Devon Whitaker went to Harlem High School she says this isn't how it used to be.

"It was good, it was none of the incidents that are happening nowadays."

When it comes to disciplining these students, she agrees with Martin.
"The parents could teach the kids better."

Martin says Harlem High School isn't a bad school he pastors students that go there and don't get in trouble.

"I have several of my members that attend that school and they're doing well and I'm very proud of them."

Which is why he says children acting out can come down to parenting.

"The more as a parent you put in, I think the more that you'll get out of your children."