Staffer Knocked Unconscious at Bartram High

Kristen A. Graham and Susan Snyder, Philly, March 25, 2014

A staffer assigned to quell violence at a Philadelphia high school was knocked unconscious in what one union official called the worst assault since a Germantown High School teacher’s neck was broken in 2007 by a student.

Alphonso Stevens, known as a conflict-resolution specialist, suffered a fractured skull, concussion, and other injuries.

The incident happened Friday when students were changing classes at Bartram High School. A 17-year-old student got into a verbal exchange with Stevens then grabbed him by the arm “and pushed him into the wall,” said Raven Hill, a district spokeswoman.

Stevens fell to the floor, unconscious. He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for treatment and is now recovering at home.

Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said the attack on Stevens was “the worst injury” he has seen since a student punched Frank Burd in the face several times in 2007, causing him to fall and break his neck.

The student in Friday’s assault was charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault and has been suspended pending expulsion.


Stevens was the third staffer to suffer injuries at Bartram last week. {snip}


“The thing we noticed the most in terms of a difference from the year before was so many more students in the hallways” while class was going on, said Katie Clark Gray, who worked at Bartram last fall and for several previous years.


The teacher whose class Gray worked in covered up the window of his classroom door to dissuade hall walkers from knocking and disrupting class, she said.

Within a few months, there were three fights outside the classroom that had to be quelled, Gray said. “That was an unusually high number,” she said.

The school was locked down in November when fights erupted in the cafeteria.

Jordan, the PFT president, said staffers told him during a recent visit that children roamed the halls during class time and interrupted classes. The school was so out of control that some students would smoke cigarettes and marijuana in school, and others would call takeout places for food, then stand at the front door during the school day to receive it, Jordan said.


[Editor’s Note: Bartram High is 92 percent black, 5 percent Asian, and 2 percent white.]

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  • D.B. Cooper

    More good news. It gets harder to hide, isn’t it, mainstream media? By the way, why was I banned from “The Wire”?

    • “More good news. It gets harder to hide, isn’t it, mainstream media?”

      Well put.

    • NM156

      The Wire is even removing posts and banning posters that criticize diversity-crazed Republicans now. See middle post of screen shot. Of course, they locked me out. Boo hoo.

  • Puggg

    So much for conflict resolution goofballs.

    You need something with a little more oomph than conflict resolution when going up against tribal warriors.

    • Jesse James

      Our ancestors had enough sense to use the machine gun for conflict resolution with tribal warriors.

      • jane johnson

        Can’t have “Chicago Typewriters” in Philadelphia. It is, after all, the city of brotherly love.

    • jane johnson

      Like German Shepherds (sorry) and fire hoses.

  • Ograf

    May as well close the institution down, have them proceed directly to the nearest correctional facility for their job placement and inmate clothes.

    • Pro_Whitey

      The school-to-prison pipeline: that’s not a bug, it’s a feature!

      • Fathercoughlin

        But what about Quantavious’ college career? What about his potential?

      • dukem1

        Now that’s funny!

  • Whitetrashgang

    Conflict resolution in a black school, I am surprised they still have teachers.In fact why have a school at all and instead just have basketball courts and shooting ranges.

  • Who Me?

    Sounds like the entire school is 92% black and 100% out of control. Lock the doors and light a match!

    • Epiminondas

      God help the other 8%…

    • jeffaral

      A very good idea!

  • Pro_Whitey

    My only potential consolation is that Alphonso Stevens is also black. I think in the context of the Philadelphia school system, a “conflict resolution specialist” takes the form of a bar bouncer, a big one.

    • BonV.Vant

      just another black in a do nothing , make believe job. “Conflict-Resolution officer”? Give me a break.

      • These faux, make-work “jobs” are really just paid adult daycare for blacks and browns who would be unemployable in the private sector.

    • JackKrak

      …armed with a revolver and an automatic weapon, a machete, baseball bat and tear gas while wearing full body armor and carrying a shield.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “Stevens was the third staffer to suffer injuries at Bartram last week.”

    Only in a predominantly black school.

  • JSS

    The term “primarily black school” is just stupid. That’s like saying “primarily black space agency” or “primarily black nuclear submarine crew”. Primarily black always implies uselessness and danger.

    • I believe the term is “skoo”. The difference between the two is that at a “school” actual learning occurs.

  • model1911

    “A staffer assigned to quell violence……..” should have a big gun.

  • Fed Up

    Just normal behavior of Philly’s Black students. After all, they need to draw a bit of attention to themselves now and then.

  • Luca

    [Editor’s Note: Bartram High is 92 percent black, 5 percent Asian, and 2 percent white.]

    My heart goes out to the Whites and the Asians. When they graduate and move into the business world, I am sure they will lots of enriching and vibrant stories to share with the Diversity officer at their place of employment.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      That’s assuming they survive.

    • Alucard_the_last

      I was forced to attend a sensitivity workshop when I got a job at a hospital. The only thing I learned was to say the right words to the right people. “The element” is a good phrase that means black.

  • Fed Up

    What baffles me is that Philly’s Board of Education can actually attract qualified teachers to serve in those Black hellholes. We had a relative, effectively inviting her principal to “stuff it”, when she had had enough of trying to teach Math in a mostly Black school. Now she’s making twice her salary in the corporate world. And without the endless harassment that went with the teaching job.

    • Who Me?

      They recruit recent education graduates from small towns in the mid-west and far west who have NO IDEA what kind of a meatgrinder they are walking into. They’ve never been in Philadelphia, or even east of the Mississippi, never taught or been a student in a predominately black school. They did their student teaching in their hometowns or similar leafy green small towns or suburbs. With mainly polite, White, well behaved, or at least relatively civilized children.

      • negrolocaust

        exactly. the murder of the Wolfe sisters of Pittsburgh, recent crime. A female MD and her sister, a teacher came from the midwest. their black neighbor just entered their home last month raped one in front of the other then shot them both in the head execution style. missed that story ? i figured so. they were busy playing the trayvon martin story for the second year.

      • Alucard_the_last

        Did you ever watch one of those movies (and there are many) where a human teacher goes into a black school and wins the blacks over and then they get all A’s and stop all violence. Remember it is fiction and it never has happened. I forget the city but they were offering a higher salary if they taught at a black school and stayed at least a year.

  • paul marchand

    With about 800 annual assaults on teachers in Baltimore’s predom-black public schools ( as an example), this seems not-so-big-news.

    • dd121

      It must be a form of madness for whites to teach in black schools. Guess they’re just trying to last long enough to get a transfer to the suburbs..

      • negrolocaust

        A woman friend told me she took teaching in school and felt sorry for the blacks and wanted to “save them”, she lasted less than a year at Baltimore city schools. She said the blacks would tell her “I better get an A or I will beat you A$$ b…. ” Then whenever she gave a C or less she would find every window in her crappy little car smashed out. She quit and hated all blacks after that.

        • dd121

          I think most liberals are truly naive about blacks. Most have very little contact and an idealized conception of their true nature. To many, negroes are the Christ-figure who died on the cross of slavery and they believe it their duty to seek redemption by forever renouncing and fighting “racism”. Yes, I think liberals have a view of race that contains many elements of religous fervor.

          • HamletsGhost

            Modern liberalism is secularized Christianity.

          • dd121

            It certainly has a lot of the elements. Here on AmRen many stories are reported of hoax “hate” crimes. I’ve tried to discern where that comes from. I think it’s a religious impulse to martyrdom. The libs would literally give their lives to fight anyone would do such a “hateful” thing. The problem they have is that their perceived antagonists, conservative, aren’t trying to arrest them and feed them to the lions.

          • maxsnafu

            Liberalism is the struggle against the struggle for survival.

        • Alucard_the_last

          Experiencing TNB is the only way that some people to learn about the truth of these demons. People who love blacks the most have little to no contact with them. They think blacks are like they are on the fictional programs on TV like Okra, The First Family, The Cosby Show, etc. Watch COPS, Bait Car, America’s Most Wanted and The First 48 Hours……shows the liberal hate the most.

    • negrolocaust

      a black just broke his teachers jaw in baltimore and in typical white fashion the moronic white teacher said he does not want the black charged it might hurt his future. it was the second time the kid had beaten his a$$

      • maxsnafu

        The third time’s the charm. Wouldn’t want idiots like that passing their genes any further.

  • Michael Mason

    I feel more sorry for the 8% of the students who have to go to that african zoo every day.

  • Michael Mason

    Now the bureaucrats are going to spend even more of our tax dollars on more sensitivity trainers to come in and try to tame the negroes.
    I say we hang the bureaucrats, deport the negroes, and send the sensitivity trainers to re-education work camps.

  • BonV.Vant

    Negroes, negroidity, negroness….just nothing more to say, negroes

  • dd121

    Don’t get between dogs that are fighting, and don’t get between blacks who are fighting. You could have a fatal result in either case.

  • School? Sounds more like a black prison that could use some tough guards and discipline to me. Blacks turn everything they get close to into the substance that has the same color as their skin, gnomesayin? Schools, prisons, zoos, parks, restaurants, malls, whole cities, neighborhoods–the list is endless.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      But the list does have an end.
      The last item is “civilization”.

    • Alucard_the_last

      If anything is named “MLK” then you know to stay away.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Around blacks, never relax. Also, never ever trust a black, especially if you want to live a long life.

    • Lt. Greyman, NVA

      Wherever there is one negro, there is another or two moving up on your six.

  • It would appear that the conflict was resolved rather decisively in Alphonso’s case!

    I am not very sympathetic. A name like “Alphonso Stevens” is almost always black, and the sort of individual who works as a “conflict resolution specialist” at a nearly all-black public high school is guaranteed to be a brain-dead libtard.

    • Epiminondas

      It’s a government make-work job for otherwise unemployable blacks. When I was young, the older kids at the (all white) school were the crosswalk guards. Now, they are adult blacks on government salaries.

    • dukem1

      Alfonso was probably as good at his job as the typical black is…i.e., not very.

      We are a nation of 300+ million souls, and their is not one public official who will tell the truth about the culture of our inner cities…

      I’m old school…management by objective…the 1st step is define the problem…

      I see no difference between the inner city problems vs Russia in Crimea…
      Gutless, effeminate, know nothing, do nothing careerists, who want only to survive long enough to collect another paycheck, in some cloud of imbecility.

      In other words, we are doomed.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Anybody got a picture of this Alphonso Stevens? Most of the images called up by a Google search are of blacks, so I’m assuming the victim in this story was too.

    • JohnnyHandsome

      The Philly TV news actually ran this story quite prominently for the last couple of days. Anyway they repeatedly showed a photo of Alphonso face down on the hallway floor, out like a light. He is a big, bald headed African.

      • JohnnyHandsome

        Here is Alphonso.

      • Nimadan

        So in other words the conflict was resolved in a culturally valid fashion!

        Good to hear.

  • MekongDelta69

    Not counting the “Editor’s Note,” do you see the word black in the article?

    Yeah – Me neither…

    • It will probably be “yoofs”, “teens”, “babies” or “infants” again. I wonder how ol’ Alphonso must feel, having just received an epic beat-down from a “fetus”.

  • gemjunior

    All this energy and avoidance because so many are unwilling and afraid to tell the truth except for people like Derbyshire and Borzelleri, both fired recently and many others like them. Soon there will be many more and it will become obvious, people will catch onto what is happening. It’s ridiculous when students are breaking teachers heads and necks – they belong in a zoo or controlled environment such as a cage (yes I said it ooh) or on a leash. They literally can’t control themselves. When I was in school we didn’t dare to look at a teacher with a certain type of disrespect written on our face let alone corporal punishment. Apes and gorillas my friends, angry babboons.

  • humura

    Outrageous! They suspended the student. I assume he was Black. Just at the time when our beloved Atty. General Holder is seeking to stop these racist suspensions of Black children from school, then this occurs. And to make it worse, by the description, this seems to be a model school by Holder’s standards. End the racist suspension, and allow the child to return to the school.

  • ‘And when you don’t have a lot of support personnel,’ he said, ‘you’re asking for a lot of disorder.’ Yeah, I’m sure that’s it.

    • Epiminondas

      A platoon of marines couldn’t keep order in that school.

      • Maybe that would be good training for female, gay and transvestite Marines.

      • Sloppo

        I disagree. I believe they could establish order in less than an hour with the right equipment and the proper rules of engagement.

    • DNA Explains It All

      Yeah I was just thinking what that “support personnel” would need to look like… 82nd? 101st?

      • Lt. Greyman, NVA

        Equipment? M1A’s, Claymores, Nerve Gas?

        • HamletsGhost

          Apaches. The hovering kind.

  • nignogger

    Now you know why humans do not like to work with these animals.The violence is bad enough, but also the crime. In the US, all all-negro schools have metal detectors; why is that? I thought they are ‘just like us?”

  • Tarczan

    “The school was locked down in November when fights erupted in the cafeteria.”

    How is a school locked down? Are the students put in their cells? It sounds like a freakin’ prison.

    Years ago I was working on an engineering job in the Cleveland schools rebuilding the darn things because the black maintenance was so pathetic that they were collapsing. So the State of Ohio was putting a billion, yes a billion dollars into them. In black run schools there is no preventive maintenance so a small roof leak turns into a major problem, like the gym roof that collapsed because the leaking roof weakened the roof supports.

    Anyway, I remember inspecting one classroom and seeing a young female from India trying to get some young male darkie to behave and pay attention. They had to import teachers of math and science from India because they couldn’t get anyone else. Another time I remember seeing a really nice looking white lady trying to explain a simple math problem to a fat, dumb looking darkie female. The lady was so patient, but it was obvious addition was well beyond the ability of this darkie. It was depressing as hell.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      A school is locked down like this:

      ALL humans and non-humans are swept out of the halls by school personnel into classrooms. Classroom doors are locked with no one let in or out. Blinds are closed. Sometimes these things go on for hours and hours — no one can move until whatever it is has passed and an “all clear” is issued. Classrooms have portable toilets, water, food and blankets specifically for lockdowns and other unforeseen disasters like earthquakes — there’s even a spot for a morgue. I am contracted to stay on the school grounds for 3 days in the event of an earthquake or other disaster.

      I’ve been caught in a few lockdown but thankfully none has gone on more than an hour (usually because of a local bank robbery, shooting, car jacking, armed intruder on school grounds, etc).

      I don’t know how it works in other districts but in mine each job is specified and assigned to a specific union — the sheet metal union, the “floor guys,” the union that repairs the ceiling, the locksmith’s union, air conditioner union, others for heating units, pluming, etc. It’s very clunky and the reason NOTHING gets fixed. I’ve been waiting for the “sheet metal guys” for 10 years now, it took 10 years and multiple orders to get a broken vent fixed (important b/c broken vents are major entry points for thieves looking for school computers), 7 years to get the floor tiles repaired.

      All work orders go to a large, bureaucratic, central office and are assigned (or not) from there.

      …and is why Central Planning fails every single time it’s tried.

  • JohnEngelman

    Black schools need armed security guards, not conflict-resolution specialists.

    • IstvanIN

      In NJ they already do. Flash lights, not guns though.

      • JohnEngelman

        At the very least they need mace and police batons.

        • Max

          And stun-guns.

          • JohnEngelman

            I should have added stun guns. Bull whips might help too.

        • Flamethrowers, hand grenades and demolition charges.

          • BonV.Vant

            Air fresheners for starters.

          • IstvanIN

            Are you from Texas by any chance……..

          • Colorado. Prettier scenery but a much less responsible state government.

            Disclaimer: I do not own, nor have I ever owned an old-style ice hockey goalie mask. Note to self…

  • If this were a nonwhite migrant community school, the media would be calling it ‘vibrant.’

    • Lt. Greyman, NVA

      Those are not vibrations, those are shock waves from the Claymore’s

  • ViktorNN

    The biggest crime going on here is that white taxpayers are getting stuck paying for what are essentially daycare centers for the mentally retarded children of mentally retarded adults.

  • Lt. Greyman, NVA

    Third staffer beaten in a WEEK! Good God! I don’t think the injury rate is that high in Iraq!

    Look, they are not children…they are animals, ok. They look human, but are very different. It’s not culture, its not grief, its not “da terble, terble, lagcy ob da slabery”, its not parenting and its not unemployment. These creatures would kill Willy Wonka as an “ebil Crazy Cracker” and cook Mary Poppins in a pot.

    School to Prison Pipeline….It’s not a bug, its a Feature!

  • Sloppo

    We called him the “assistant principal”, but the conflict resolution specialist at my high school was a fellow who was about 6’4″ and 260 lbs. He didn’t have a crew cut, but he was a very serious-looking fellow with a big unibrow. His credentials were probably wasted on us though because we only had one African in the whole school.

  • dcc2379

    I call him Prison Guard AKA Zookeeper.

  • dcc2379

    Now that is because of white privilege or because someone in your family hundreds of years ago might own slaves. Sounds like you’re making the case for reparations (which I might add, might seem like welfare and Obamacare, but that is a digression). I apologize ahead of time for any microaggressions.

  • Lygeia

    You don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.

    This guy didn’t even have a knife.

    But he did have his “conflict resolution” skills.

  • Nimadan

    When did you attend this academy of afrocentric excellence?

  • ernie t boomer

    You can take the monkey out of the jungle, but not the jungle out of the monkey.

  • Alucard_the_last

    I love it. These self-appointed, “moral guardians’ of society are getting what they deserve. Judging by his name, he is white, probably a liberal who actually thought that blacks are all good deep down inside. A few more sessions with blacks and maybe he’ll go back to his all white neighborhood (white liberals rarely..if ever, live in the black part of town) and look for another job.