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Wild Times at Woodson

McKinley Technical, site of an afterschool confrontation Friday between students and police, wasn't the only high school that had problems when Hawk One, the District's school security contractor, went belly up.

Multiple sources report that H.D. Woodson, temporarily housed at the former Fletcher-Johnson Education Center on Benning Rd. SE, was the site of a massive cafeteria food fight that included apples as projectiles. Students also looted the case holding the school's athletic trophies, tossing some of them onto the gymnasium floor.

"It was unbelievable," senior Alonzo Russell told Alan Goldenbach, The Post's high school sports reporter. "There was no security. People just doing whatever they wanted to."

Woodson principal Philip Robey declined to comment.

Bill Turque

By Bill Turque  |  October 5, 2009; 7:08 PM ET
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Wow, that's pathetic. And I am sure Principal Robey will receive no repercussions for the condition of his school. Accountability for teachers and no one else is Rhee's motto and she is sticking to it. If she proves me wrong in this case, then I thank her for the attempt at even-handedness.

Posted by: scinerd1 | October 5, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Please let me know when this appears on youtube.
What happened to lunch duty?

Posted by: eddiemacs | October 5, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

He didn't have any control over his students last year and the 9th graders were not even housed there. He's a new army of believers that Rhee brought in last year and because of the set up, moving to a swing space(Fletcher Johnson) until the new building is finished, he will probably experience the same truancy issues which were ridiculous.

I'd like to know what kind of contingency plans were in place with no security and fewer teachers.

Posted by: candycane1 | October 5, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"People were just doing what they wanted to do"....

THIS is what happens? Scumbag students? Where is Osama when ya need him?

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | October 5, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

The only reason that you are reading this is because Goldenbach was covering a football game on Friday night and happened to talk to a student. He included this in his game story. The dirty little secret is that conduct of this sort happens in DC schools every day. Its just not reported.

Posted by: MKadyman | October 6, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

This is another example of inexperienced school-based leadership being led by inexperienced school system leadership supported by a turkey of a mayor. It is time for the community to take back their schools and seek a candidate for mayor who is more in touch with the people. FENTY MUST GO! (AND RHEE WITH HIM).

Posted by: lightkeeper | October 6, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Are you so concerned about money that you throw safety to the streets? Are you kidding me?

You take away security....and replace it with what!?!?!?! Stupidity!!!

Posted by: BigHustla | October 6, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Again, I ask: Is it any wonder students don't learn in DCPS? As a DCPS teacher, we are sick and tired of being babysitters, social workers, parents, referees, psychologists, etc. Until we address the social ills these students come to school with, we cannot begin to educate them. All Rhee has done is stir a boiling pot and the pot is about to boil over. Teachers, students, principals and all school-based personnel are on edge. The chaos and stress are worse than I have ever seen in DCPS in my 7 years as a teacher. Great job, Michelle!

Posted by: UrbanDweller | October 6, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't agree with you more. Things are really bad in schools now. But you would never know it if you listened to Rhee. She claims that the RIFs were going to have negligible affects on students.

In response to Hawk One going down, she also told parents that all schools would have security covered through MPD until the new company came on board. Another lie.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | October 6, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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