Allegations of recent violence at Asheville High school have surfaced via an Aug. 28 email sent to Mountain Xpress, other local media outlets, as well as school officials. The email was sent by a group identifying itself only as “Asheville Students Against Violence,” without any individual names included. We have as yet no further information about accuracy of the alleged incidents, but are making inquiries. The text of the email is as follows:
AHS Students Against Violence is a group of Asheville High School students who don’t feel safe in our own school. Just today 8/28 and yesterday, 2 seriously injured students were taken from our school unconscious on stretchers after bloody fist fights. We have only been back in school for a week this year and already the violence has started. None of the teachers, administrators or police at AHS appears to be in control and it seems like there is no awareness outside of our school. Last year was the same.
We need more people to know about the problem of violence at AHS and for adults to help make our school safe. Please come into our school and ask questions. Talk to the teachers and the students. Find the girl who accidentally put her hand in fresh blood left on the wall after a huge fight last year. Find out why nobody cleaned off the blood from the walls 3 days after the fight. Find the boy who spent 10 minutes hiding in a locked bathroom stall while other students brawled in the bathroom with no interruption or consequence.
As students, our job is to go to school, work on our grades and have fun with our friends. We believe the pen is mightier than the sword, so we are writing all of you together now to anonymously to expose this major problem of ongoing violence. Fixing the problem is your job and we are asking for your help.
AHS Students Against Violence