Trouble-making students warned they're being watched

Trouble-making students warned they're being watched

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PROVO -- The Provo School District is working to make its school campuses safer by creating a "watch list" of students who have caused problems in the past.

"We are creating that list of 25 students that we are profiling," said Provo School District Student Services Director Greg Hudnall. "We will be watching their behavior at school, while they are on buses. We will also be going to their homes and informing their parents of our concerns."

The district will have administrators, hall monitors, school resource officers and a gang task specialist in charge of watching those on the list.

"Right now it's a list of students from a few elementary kids to middle school to high school students who have had level-two or level-three safe school violations," said Hudnall. "We want them to come to school, but if they cross the line with safe school violations, we will immediately have them arrested and charged."

"We want children to be safe on our school campuses. And if theses students feel that they can come to school and do whatever they want to disrupt the learning environment, they're going to learn very quickly that will not be tolerated," Hudnall said.

The district serves 13,000 students, and with 25 on the list, Hudnall points out it's not a large percentage of troublemakers.

"But it's fair to say a lot of it is in gang behavior, bullying, physical assaults and different things that way," he said.

Some of the students on the list were informed they were being watched as classes resumed this week. The rest will be finding out shortly.


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