GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (KDVR) – According to school administrators, some businesses within walking distance of Cherry Creek High School are now restricting access or banning students from entering due to disrespectful behavior.
Principal Ryan Silva sent a letter to parents on Monday detailing a slight increase in the number of younger students acting irresponsibly both on and off campus.
“Business owners and managers have called us to complain about students using foul language, damaging property, treating employees disrespectfully and showing little respect for other non-student customers,” the letter reads. “Some took matters into their own hands and either restricted access or even barred our students from entering.”
It is not known which companies are restricting student access. However, several students and parents told FOX31 that most of the problems are at King Soopers.
“People shop around a lot from there and disrespect employees and it’s really sad,” sophomore Leila Harris told FOX31.
“I go to the grocery store there so I see the kids, and they kind of get crazy and misbehave,” parent Jordan Harris said.
FOX31 has contacted King Soopers regarding the issues but has not received a response.
Garbage piles up, replacements avoid classes
According to the letter, school administrators are working with local businesses to resolve the issues. Some even displayed the Cherry Creek High School Code of Conduct in their windows.
“Behavioral issues on campus include students treating each other and adults disrespectfully in and out of the classroom in addition to leaving garbage in hallways, cafeterias and outdoor spaces,” the report said. letter.
“Yes, I saw garbage in the parking lots. Not really around the school, but it’s mostly in the parking lots, ”final year student Isaac Romero told FOX31.
“A lot of people throw out trash and don’t clean up after eating, so workers have to,” said Harris, the sophomore.
According to the manager, the supervisory staff are unable to keep track of the amount of garbage left outside.
The letter to parents goes on to say, “We have had substitute teachers, for the first time in 17 years as an administrator at CCHS, share that they will not be replaced in some classes due to some disrespectful students.”
“Yes, a lot of kids think that whenever there is a substitute teacher you can just play and use your phone because the teacher is not there,” said Leila Harris. “I have heard that a lot of [subs] I don’t even want to come back to our school because we disrespect them.
“I believe it because they are morons. I think they still have this mentality of being in college, ”Romero said.
In the letter, Silva wrote: “Our desire has been to be patient with our young students because we realize that they may have gaps in their development due to the increased time out of school during the course. past year and a half, but we also understand that we have a responsibility to make sure their behaviors are consistent with that of a high school student.
He is now calling on parents and other students to step in and help problematic students learn to be more respectful of others.
“There will be consequences if we don’t see improvements up to and including the closure of the campus during freshman and sophomore lunches (periods 4 and 6). I’m not comfortable giving our students the privilege of being off campus if they don’t earn that privilege by acting like adult high school kids, ”the letter said.
According to Cherry Creek Schools, all high schools in the district are experiencing increased behavior problems as students readjust to return to class full-time.
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