A look at serious classroom offenses

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Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily NewsStudents are shown being let out of Beloit Memorial High School in November. Following a town hall meeting where staff raised concerns about discipline and class sizes, the Daily News pursued records regarding disciplinary offenses. It was determined only about 9 percent of student had serious disciplinary infractions, although some of the offenses caused considerable classroom disruption.

BELOIT - Various references are made in these articles regarding level 300 and 400 offenses under the School District of Beloit's code of conduct. But what does that mean?

After school personnel at a town hall meeting raised numerous concerns about behavioral issues, the Beloit Daily News sought discipline documents under Wisconsin's Public Records Law to examine what types of misconduct teachers were encountering in their classrooms. The newspaper asked only for level 300 and 400 offenses, the most serious infractions. The request covered from the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year through March 1, 2017. The subsequent release of data from the district ran to several hundred pages.

Here is a sampling of the kind of offenses contained in the records:

• At Gaston Elementary on May 17, 2016, a student punched another student in the face and a staff member between the legs. While being walked out, the student tried to bite and head butt staff.

• At Todd Elementary on May 25, 2016, a student threw open scissors at peers, kicked, scratched and spit on staff and students. When he was escorted to another room he told staff he wanted to kill people and stab them.

• At Hackett Elementary on Sept. 14, 2016, a student in the office punched a staff member repeatedly in the stomach and scratched the staff member's hands and arms until they bled. He also punched another staff member in the arm leaving a bruise.

• At Fruzen Intermediate School on Dec. 9, 2016, a student sent an email to a teacher containing curse words and 12 pornographic images.

• On Jan. 11, 2017, a McNeel teacher writes about a student who interrupts class. When the student returns to class there are no changes in behavior. "The other students in class are frustrated, as they cannot learn - and so many of the students want nothing more than to learn math," the teacher stated.

• On Feb. 2, 2017 at Robinson Elementary School, a student jumped off desks and left the classroom. In another room he punched a staff member in the groin and swung at his face.

• On Feb. 8, 2017 at Aldrich, a male student touched a boy in his zipper and then began to touch the teacher. After the teacher moved and told the boy to stop, he tried to sit on the teacher's legs and he touched down the teacher's buttocks and put his other hand between the teacher's legs. The student was reminded to keep his hands to himself. He became angry, got up and poked a girl. He was then directed to the hallway and threw a desk across the room and broke it. He was to serve 2.5 days of out-of-school suspension.

• At Beloit Memorial High School on Feb. 9, 2017, a female student was on a desk in front of two boys moving her body in a lewd way. She was yelling so loudly the teacher was worried for students' safety. The teacher said she was ruining the class atmosphere and noted her behavior had been tolerated the last semester. The security guard had to escort her out, and students complained about her lewd behavior and comments.

• On Feb. 9, 2017 at Aldrich, a student developed a detailed plan to acquire weapons, devise high body count times and places within the school, target other students, kill them and himself. He was referred to crisis and was to be in out-of-school suspension for five days pending his manifestation and possible subsequent administrative hearings.

• On March 1, 2017 at Beloit Memorial High School, a female student hit a teacher across the face.

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