In what is becoming an all-to-common occurrence, a group of Charlottesville High School (CHS) students engaged in a brutal melee earlier today.
The fight, which took place in the school’s main lobby area, involved an estimated 30 students and an unknown number of staff and faculty (who acted to disburse the combatants).
Acknowledging that such occurrences are not uncommon at the embattled school, principal Rashaad Pitt, in an email missive, encouraged parents to talk with students about the ongoing problem of violence at Charlottesville High School.
Read Pitt’s full message to CHS parents:
From: Rashaad Pitt
Date: Thu, Jan 26, 2023
Subject: Follow up
Good Evening CHS –
As many of you have heard me say, “I am the principal for every student at Charlottesville High School.” My priority daily is to ensure that every student that walks through our doors is safe and feels safe. Today, we had students behave in a manner that is not reflective of our values or expectations. But if I am being honest, today was not the first day we have seen fighting. Over the course of the school year, we have been implementing various supports for students. For some students, these interventions have been effective, but for others, even out-of-school consequences have not been a deterrent.
Therefore, I am appealing to you to have conversations with your student and other students within the community. You and they need to know that unsafe behaviors will NOT be tolerated here at Charlottesville High School. As a result, students that resort to dangerous and disruptive behaviors such as fighting will face the risk of consequences up to long-term suspension and expulsion.
If I am going to truly be the principal for all students, then I must focus on our top priorities – safety and learning. I appreciate the support I have felt from the staff and CHS community, and I also appreciate the vast majority of our students who are behaving well, building relationships, and continuing to learn. If you have concerns about your own child’s progress or wellbeing, I hope you’ll reach out to a teacher or counselor so that we can work together to support them.
Thank you for being part of our Black Knight family. Have a good evening