Safety, bullying revisited at special school board meeting

NORWICH – Following recent events at the Norwich High School that brought the issue of bullying front and center during a school board meeting earlier this month, board members revisited the issue during a special meeting called Tuesday.

Noticeably less tension filled the air while more than 100 people attended last night’s meeting. During a meeting on Nov. 13, hundreds of parents, teachers and concerned community members voiced their discontent with the school’s handling of bullying, particularly in the high school. Outrage was sparked by an incident on Nov. 8 involving two high school students that resulted in one being transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Binghamton with serious injuries.

After the controversy, district officials took action, removing High School Principal Lisa Schuchman from her position and reassigning her to “other district responsibilities,” according to a statement from Superintendent Gerard O’Sullivan on Nov. 14.

Last night, Deputy Superintendent Robert Wightman addressed the assembly to clarify changes initiated within the high school to ensure safety among students and faculty, changes he assured will “help begin to promote a culture of positive change” and a “safer, more cohesive learning environment” at NHS. A statement read by Wightman outlined changes as the following:

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