How Violent Does it Get Before BPD is Called to a Buffalo School?

BTF President says once is too many

Tom Puckett
January 17, 2019 - 4:00 am

McKinley High School. January 14, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Recent incidents at Buffalo Public Schools that led to Buffalo Police getting involved have some wondering how often this happens.

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore says he doesn't have specifics, but "once is too many." A recent incident of a student accused of attacking a teacher at McKinley High School led to police being called.

Rumore says a variety of factors come into play when determining when police are called. "It's usually at the discretion of the teacher and the principal," says Rumore. "If there's a large number of students involved or there's an assault of a teacher or a student, the police do get involved."

Rumore says if there's a lack of discipline at schools, it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

While the incident at McKinley High is getting much of the attention, other incidents of violence are also cause for concern.  WBEN was on the scene Wednesday as multiple Buffalo Police units were summoned to Southside Elementary as two 7th grade students were involved in a fight inside the school.  One of the two students was arrested following the fight and we're told there are increased incidents of fights inside the school recently.

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