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Incident at Monticello High School

April 26, 2018

On Friday, April 20, 2018, 13 students were involved in a physical altercation at dismissal time in front of the high school. To ensure the safety of all students and staff, the police were called and two arrests were made. Regarding these arrests, the district refers all questions to the Monticello Police Department. Other aspects of this altercation were handled internally under the district’s code of conduct.

Superintendent Tammy Mangus stated that she was proud of the number of staff who stepped in to calm and deescalate the disruptive students.

Some staff members walked away with minor injuries as a result of their involvement in deescalating the situation. One staff member sustained an ankle injury.

Monticello High School Principal Stephen Wilder further stated he was also proud of the team effort by the school’s professionals to keep kids safe.

“It’s disappointing because we expect more from our students and know that they are capable of better,” he added.

Mangus also stated that there are troubling events occurring outside of the regular school day and these situations can bubble over.

"These issues and others have been impacting this community for quite some time, and whenever you have an overture of emotion in any given community, problems arise and we have to respond.

In the Monticello Central School District, that means addressing students’ social and emotional health as part of our regular curriculum from kindergarten through senior year of high school.

It means providing free lunch and breakfast for all of our students so that kids who haven’t eaten a hot meal since Friday’s lunch can concentrate on their school work, instead of their hunger, on Monday morning.

It means offering at-risk students opportunities to explore new interests and experiences through extended-day programs such as the My Brother’s Keeper program and our enhanced elementary after-school programs that will launch in the fall.

It means offering our district’s parents workshops and opportunities to learn new ways to manage stress and support academic learning.

It means hosting an open community forum on the opioid crisis so that our families can recognize and address signs of drug abuse.

All of us at the district are hyper-aware of the “troubling events” our kids witness each and every day, and we are committed to working towards resolution. We are joined by a host of community organizations and resources serving our own Monticello families, as well as families throughout Sullivan County. The first step in this resolution process is bringing these issues to light, a painful but necessary step, so that we as a community can recognize the challenges we face and move forward in resolving them. We’re sad for the community but will continue to take an active role in making Monticello’s hallways a safer and kinder place to be,” she said “Kudos again to our professional staff.”