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Bladensburg Students “Demands Better” they want CHANGE – Protest conditions of their PGCPS high school

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Bladensburg High School

Bladensburg, (Reform Sasscer) – Many students at Bladensburg High School walked out of classes Tuesday, November 12, 2019, to protest deteriorated conditions at the school and the recent Tuberculosis fiasco after the school system leadership, led by CEO Dr. Monica Goldson, failed them due to cover ups. Even though Bladensburg High School is relatively new compared to other schools in the county, there is a need for new items in the high school building.

According to Board member Belinda Queen who attended the protest and we quote her here,…. “They have many issue. Bathroom, food, No school spirit, lack of their voice being heard, they want their band back, mold and leaks in some area. Specialty classroom not having all they need to succeed and much more. I’m sorry I’m just hearing these issues. some I can assist and other the CEO will have to address. These issues unfortunately has built up. They really need a PTA/PTO also. I need every school to have Parents, community leaders and churches involved on behalf of our children,” Belinda Queen said.

It’s telling that neither CEO Dr. Monica Goldson nor anyone else seriously questions the truth of the whistle-blower’s account of the cover up at PGCPS High School here. That officials knew about the problems many days ago and chose to be silent in face of danger to everyone in this particular school. This is clearly a concern and confirms the leadership is out of line and the CEO needs to resign based on this issue and others.

It’s important to stress, however, that even without these surrounding circumstances (or even if some of them depend on contested facts), what’s within the four corners of the PGCPS headquarters at Sasscer Administrative Building in Upper Marlboro account of the Bladensburg High School Tuberculosis fiasco, standing alone, reflects a gross abuse of office.

“The conditions are horrible and gross to be in,” said a senior who did not want to be identified. “We go to class in rooms where there is mold, mice, leaks and a plumbing system that doesn’t work. There is not enough heat in the winter and no air conditioning when it gets hot.”

Bladensburg High School caused a stir earlier this month when teachers and students were kept in the dark after someone with tuberculosis was allowed to roam freely with students and staff within the school grounds. After the information was leaked to the press, the officials then took action after many students and staff had been exposed.

The students, many of them carrying protest signs, joined Tuesday’s walkout after a message was posted on the Facebook page, “Bladensburg HS Students “Demands Better” they want CHANGE.”

“The floors are a big problem — they’re dangerous,” said a senior student as the students assembled in front of the main entrance. “When it gets humid and wet outside, they’re slippery and wet.”

“Just last week, when the floors were so slippery, I slipped and fell,” said, a junior. “Luckily, I did not have to go to a Hospital this time around.”

“There is mold and water spots on the ceiling, and we’ve had mice fall from up there,” said another student, a senior. “Bladensburg is falling apart. It’s disgusting.”

It’s now up to all members of the Board of Education for Prince George’s County —whether or not they vote to remove CEO Dr. Goldson and the Chairman Dr. Alvin Thornton. In order to prevent more problems from occurring in the county, we must enforce new laws that will make the work environment better for everyone.    HB 1107 law which gave the CEO of the County School more power than necessary in order to advance public corruption must be evaluated and revealed. This is  because of the public corruption involved since the change in governance structure.

The current CEO Dr. Monica Goldson has absolute power like a monarch which is unfair to our democratic system of government.  Members of the Board of Education need to vote to remove her from power due to cover ups. They must drum up support to have the Chairman Dr. Alvin Thornton  removed as well. This is the only way to prevent a fox from guarding a chicken house in PGCPS.

Here are some of the reactions on Facebook, as highlighted by the board member.

DrTonya Y Harrison-Edwards ·  Belinda Queen okay let me know what I can do to help. We are all in this together.

Belinda Queen Thank you’ll!! They have many issue. Bathroom, food, No school spirit, lack of their voice being heard, they want their band back, mold and leaks in some area. Speciality classroom not having all they need to succeed and much more. I’m sorry I’m just hearing these issues. some I can assist and other the CEO will have to address. These issues unfortunately has build up. They really need a PTA/PTO also. I need every school to have Parents, community leaders and churches involved on behalf of our children.

Belinda Queen ·  DrTonya Y Harrison-Edwards these students need help. Parents and community leaders to speak out and demand better on their behalf. I’m really proud they have came forth and are standing up for their rights. 💪🏽

Takisha James · Thank you School Board Member Belinda Queen for being there to hear the concerns of Bladensburg High School students today. They felt their concerns have not been given any serious consideration by the current leader of the school. I commend them for organizing themselves into a peaceful protest where they articulated their concerns to you and other administrators. In light of their efforts as well as the consideration being given to concerns shared by others, I’m optimistic that a change is going to come! We sincerely appreciate you being with us and offering your support as we move forward. God bless you!

Delvin Champagne Tuberculosis

Belinda Queen · Thank you’ll!! They have many issue. Bathroom, food, No school spirit, lack of their voice being heard, they want their band back, mold and leaks in some area. Specialty classroom not having all they need to succeed and much more. I’m sorry I’m just hearing these issues. some I can assist and other the CEO will have to address. These issues unfortunately has build up. They really need a PTA/PTO also. I need every school to have Parents, community leaders and churches involved on behalf of our children.

Delvin Champagne We need a district 4 board member who loves the community.

We need to stand up and make a change.

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