Students at Nathanael Greene, the district’s largest middle school with 820 pupils, are feeling the effects of the so-called leadership vacuum. Since Thomas left, there have been three major food fights, during which apples and milk cartons were hurled across the cafeteria, and a couple of fights after school, one of which was videotaped and posted on a popular social networking site, according to Mary Beth Calabro, a special education teacher and vice president of the Providence Teachers Union.
It was my year in a room off the cafeteria at Nathanael Greene that broke my will to teach English. Don't recall having any food fights going on outside the room, though. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any video of the food fight online.