Initiative helps prepare teachers in Richmond County for unruly kids


After the arrest of a Richmond County middle school teacher, school leaders are talking about how they handle students that may become unruly.

The initiative is called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

It’s a set of guidelines that helps teachers de-escalate a tense situation with a student.  Teachers are trained before and during the school year.  

Program Specialist Kourtney Bell explained how teachers and even students are encouraged and supported along the way.

“They have a set of tips.  First being calm, being aware and then being respectful with the communication to communicate with the student.  In that communication, the hope is to bring that communication down to a level where if you need some additional assistance, your response team will help support that,” she said.

Bell said the program can be proactive as well as in response to situations.

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