No violent incidents at Asheville High School last week, officials say

There were no fights or altercations involving injuries at Asheville High School on the week that ended Aug. 28, according to school officials who have disputed allegations of school violence made in an email said to be from a group calling itself Asheville Students Against Violence.

“Officials at Asheville High School are unaware of any of the incidents alleged by the group,” said Charlie Glazener, public information officer at Asheville City Schools. “There’s no sanctioned group by that name. It could be an informal group or anybody,” he added.

“Typically our advisers know if there’s a fight. It’s pretty rare that they don’t know about fights. And where there is an injury, we certainly know about that,” Glazener said.

There was one call for an ambulance last week at the high school, Glazener said, but that was for a medical condition, not an injury.

Asheville High School has four administrators, as well as at least one school resource officer, a uniformed officer from the Asheville Police Department on campus — all of whom are responsible for and respond to incidents that are or might be violent. Additionally, the school maintains a number of video cameras to monitor  campus activities.

 

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As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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