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HOUSTON -- Teachers at a local high school say it s become dangerous for them and students, and some are blaming administrators.

Houston Federation of Teachers believes administrators are causing an out-of-control atmosphere at James Madison High School.

The school is located at 13719 Whiteheather in southwest Houston.

Teacher s union grievance director Joanna Pasternak says she s been contacted by several teachers who believe the school is on a downward spiral.

When students learn there are no consequences for bad behavior, behavior gets out of control, explained Joanna Pasternak with Houston Federation of Teachers.

Pictures taken this week show profanity etched in graffiti around the high school.

Pasternak feels the graffiti symbolizes a bigger picture at the school that needs to be told.

She claims teachers are being told to count students as present even if the students walk out of class after a couple of minutes.

The school s under pressure to show more improvement, explained Pasternak. If you don t have discipline reports, then it looks like you don t have discipline problems. If you don t have a high absentee rate, it looks like all the kids are reporting to class.

Pasternak says she s heard stories of students cussing out teachers and administrators without any consequences.

When you have a student that will stand in front of a middle-aged teacher and curse them out and threaten them, the next thing that s going to happen is the teacher is going to end up on the ground, said Pasternak.

Pasternak is being told that students are constantly roaming the hallways, and numerous fights are breaking out daily.

The accounts sound familiar to a 2012 graduate who only wants to be identified as Jasmin.

Basically you re just telling kids they can come to school. They don t have to come to school, but you ll graduate, said Jasmin. I did it myself. Just saying!

Jasmin claims she regularly walked out of class during her days at Madison High School.

She believes that could be why she s having a tough time in college.

When I was in elementary and middle school, I wanted to learn. Once I got to Madison, it was like, forget that, explained Jasmin.

Rumors of an unstable learning environment prompted Bertrum Kelley to pull his daughter out of Madison for her senior year.

I ve been hearing things about that. That s why I took my daughter out of there really, said father Bertrum Kelley. They missing out on a lot of things. If you re walking out of class, you re not getting an education.

In response to our story, HISD sent the following statement:

At HISD, the safety of our students and staff is always our absolute top priority. To that end, the principal of Madison High School has stepped up standard safety measures. In addition to housing two HISD police officers, she also has two HPD officers that provide additional support during the school day. The district s construction and facility services team and the school worked immediately to remove the graffiti and markings and identify ways to prevent additional defacement.

Houston ISD is working with the teachers of Madison High School to ensure their needs and concerns are heard and addressed. The allegations levied by the Houston Federation of Teachers will be thoroughly investigated.

Notably, the principal is working closely with her administrative team to find new and innovative ways to foster relationships with students to improve behavior and attendance. In fact, yesterday more than 100 students were honored for their perfect attendance through a program developed by the Harris County Sheriff s Office and CITGO Petroleum Corporation. Programs like this will continue.

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