Police officer removed from Central Falls High

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – School officials in Central Falls have taken the police officer out of Central Falls High School despite reports of fights and other discipline problems at the school.

Central Falls police say school officials decided to remove the police officer from Central Falls High School and re-assign her to the middle school.

The move comes after police logs showed an increase in calls for help at the high school, which is in the middle of a state-ordered turnaround to address a history of low test scores and high dropout rates. Some teachers have complained that new leadership at the school this year has been weak on discipline.

As of last month, police arrested at least five students and 2 teachers pressed charges for assault. It is common practice for police departments have a dedicated school officer.

Central Falls officials did not return calls asking why they took the officer out of the high school.

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