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‘Maybe it’s your message’: Meeting turns to chaos over Syracuse City School District concerns

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A brief mention of the teacher beaten up by a Syracuse parent sent things off the tracks at the United Parenthood Organization’s meeting Tuesday evening, Feb. 27.

“He lived in the neighborhood,” said one parent, referring to Anthony Davis, superintendent of the Syracuse City School District. “For you to come at him like he doesn’t know what he’s doing is an insult to all of us.”

Some parents were hoping the superintendent would join them to talk things through, and while Anthony Davis couldn’t be there, his wife was.

“Standards, policies, procedures that you’re trying to implement they need to be implemented with every student, every family and every school in mind,” she said. “The uniqueness of every school is just that. Just because you formed an organization doesn’t mean you speak for the entire Syracuse City School District.”

The United Parenthood Organization called the meeting asking for more to be done from within the school district itself. But not everyone there agreed.

“It’s almost impossible for a teacher to teach standard curriculum under the pressures of the trauma and the poverty that exists here in the city of Syracuse,” said Timothy Jennings-Bey, who has a son at ITC.

Things got heated when parents found out this group had been trying to tackle the issues alone.

“We should’ve been a bunch of parents in here and we could’ve gone to the superintendent,” said Shawn Rhiens, who has a son that attends ITC. “We could’ve been a bunch of parents who got together and said ‘this is what we do to move forward, can you help us?’”

“If you’re doing all that and you’re not getting anywhere, maybe it’s your message,” said another parent.

The son of the group’s co-founder was not having any of it.

“You all are acting like children. He’s trying to help y’all. I don’t want to hear nothing, this is annoying now.”

The UPO telling NewsChannel 9 tonight that their next meeting will feature no cameras.

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