At Rocky Mount Prep, we became aware this morning of an incident affecting one of our students and addressed it immediately. Our administrators and teachers began working together during the day to ensure that we take care of these students and all of our students. Later this afternoon, we learned it had made national news. As school leadership, we want everyone to know that we take these types of allegations affecting our scholars very seriously. A significant portion of our Character Education program teaches positive Social-Emotional Learning strategies, including all forms of bullying—verbal, physical and social. Our school mission is to inspire our scholars to Learn With Passion, Lead With Confidence and Live With Character. These are not just words to us. We want them to learn how to be good citizens and good people. This is why we have invested heavily in proven curriculum and training to help them learn to treat others the way they want to be treated. Unfortunately, this does not always happen in our school or any other. We are hyper-vigilant at Rocky Mount Prep to prevent, intervene and protect our scholars from instances such as this. Our teachers and staff have received training to recognize and address these types of behaviors, and we are proud of the way they respond. We are saddened that this has taken place within our school family, and we can assure all of our parents, scholars and community that we will continue to do everything possible to provide them with a positive and safe learning environment. If you have any concerns or questions at any time, please contact me, Karen Bergman or any of our principals.

Doug Haynes


Rocky Mount Prep Charter School