Another day, another fight at Albemarle High School (AHS).
This fight took place in the hallway of Albemarle County High School leading into the cafeteria, at approximately 12:55 PM on December 14.
Eyewitnesses report that the brawl was instigated by one student possibly throwing a sandwich at another student.
Following the altercation, principal, Darah Bonham, berated students via the public address system. Seemingly blaming the entirety of the student body for this chaos, the principal punished all by eliminating the daily 10-minute afternoon break for the foreseeable future.
Subsequent to the removal of School Resource Officers (police) from all Albemarle County Government Schools—by Superintendent Matt Haas and the Albemarle County School Board— such incidents have skyrocketed.
Chaos and violence, sadly, have become de rigueur in ACPS, contrary to the deceiving public lies of the administrators.
UPDATE: 12/15/2022 6:46 AM
Principal Bonham issued the following email statement to AHS families:
From: “Notification from Albemarle High School”
Sent: Wed, Dec 14, 2022 at 8:52 PM
Subject: Important Message From the Principal
Dear AHS Students and Families,
I am writing this message to make you aware of an incident that occurred in the building today. Toward the end of the lunch block, there was an altercation involving several students outside of the café. Staff members responded quickly to the incident; however, it caused conversation and concern among some students and staff afterward. I addressed students and staff via the PA system to inform everyone, state the seriousness of the situation, and reinforce expectations regarding behavior. My administration will be investigating and following up with appropriate school and division level consequences for those who were involved in this incident.
I want you to know that safety is our top priority, and we will take extra steps to ensure that students feel safe in their learning environment, including consistent, and extra adult presence in our hallways over the next couple days. It is understandable that students may be upset about the situation today and we will provide counseling support tomorrow through the counseling office for any student who wants to speak with a counselor or staff member.
Tomorrow ACPS is on a 2-hour delay, and we will be providing a detailed schedule for you in the morning. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me, one of the other administrators, and/or another AHS staff member for assistance.
Darah Bonham, Principal