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Poughkeepsie School District says student safety is top priority

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The Poughkeepsie school district says student safety remains its top priority after one teacher stabbed another teacher in the chest with a screwdriver at the high school during the school day Thursday.

The school board held a meeting at the middle school to discuss the incident. School leaders say they are looking into additional security measures and the district will take disciplinary actions against Ronette Ricketts. Ricketts is accused of stabbing a fellow teacher 16 times with a screwdriver.

The incident happened in a hallway between third and fourth period. The school was put on lockdown after the attack.

Police say the victim, Cynthia Glozier, 52, is expected to make a full recovery.

The school says no students were in danger, but one parent says she is still concerned.

“No I don't feel like my kids are safe, because there is a fight every day,” Tanya Burnett said.

"At our next meeting, we will continue to talk about safety issues. We did mention possibly weapons systems, but we wanted to make sure we had a community forum first to see what they wanted to do with that," said Sakima Green-Brown, President of the Poughkeepsie City School Board.

Police are still investigating, but school leaders say Ricketts stopped by the school administration building before school Thursday morning thinking a measure had been taken at Wednesday night's board meeting that would terminate her position. School leaders say her position was not being terminated.

Police have charged Ronnette Rickets with felony assault and misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon.

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