You won’t find this on the News Journal. Or on Freire’s Facebook page either. But the school had a bomb threat today which caused at least seven Wilmington police cars to come to the school. After the police investigated, the students were allowed back in the school an hour later. Not confirmed is a school authority advising a local resident that several students were suspended and the matter is still being investigated. Were parents of the students notified about this? Where is the transparency in our Delaware charter schools???
As well, there have been at least five visits by the Wilmington Fire Department at the school since they opened in August over fire alarms.
Freire Charter School of Wilmington opened in August after a hellacious year involving issues with the Midtown Brandywine Neighborhood Association. When the neighbors protested the school’s opening without a clear plan on the increased traffic, the former Head of School got into an exchange with one of the protesters which resulted in charges filed against him. He “resigned” from the school shortly thereafter. Freire’s original model was a “zero tolerance” charter school, but they changed that last year because of the “specific interest” clause in their admission policy. They applied for a federal grant for startup costs which specifically prohibits any type of specific interest in their enrollment strategies. The above picture is the emblem of Freire, but I’m not sure what a fire-breathing dragon has to do with a charter school…
Meanwhile, Delaware legislators in Washington D.C. wrote the FBI to look into the multiple bomb threats across Delaware the past few weeks and when the FBI should act on this. According to the article by the Middletown Transcript, only state and local authorities have been investigating the Delaware threats.