Haven parents express gratitude for teachers amid recent incidents

Haven Middle School parents organized a show of gratitude for teachers every day this week. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

To show support and appreciation for Haven Middle School teachers, parents organized a show of gratitude for every day this week, kicking off with a small demonstration before school on Monday in which parents cheered for teachers as they entered the building.

This demonstration follows an incident that occurred at Haven last week in which a teacher was taken to the hospital after trying to break up a fight between two students. Shortly before that, a hall monitor required medical attention after getting punched in the face by a student.

“We want teachers to feel safe coming to work every day,” said parent Kate Robinson. “We want them to know that the parents do support them.”

Robinson, along with nearly 20 other parents, stood outside the school as teachers walked from the parking lot to the front entrance in a long line.

Officials with the school district and school, including Superintendent Devon Horton and school board President Anya Tanyavutti, as well as Haven Principal Chris Latting, have not responded to requests for comment from the RoundTable. Horton, though, did release a statement on Monday, April 11, regarding Haven’s “culture and climate issues.”

Haven Middle School Credit: Photo by Adina Keeling

To prepare for any questions by students regarding Monday’s demonstration, Haven teachers prepared a statement: “We have a lot of work to do to make Haven the best place it can be.”

As teachers neared the entrance, parents erupted into applause and thanked them for coming to work. Teachers were also handed little bouquets of flowers as they entered the building.

“That may be the happiest I’ve been walking into Haven,” a special education teacher who asked to remain anonymous wrote in an email to the RoundTable.

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