Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What's going on at Manual Academy?


It's been a little over six weeks since beloved Principal, Dr. Sharon Desmoulin Kherat left the building, amidst an orderly student walkout and tearful goodbyes...

Yesterday at about 11:48 a.m. the call came through for the police with a taser to proceed to Manual Academy, on the track (I don't know if they actually used it). Yesterday, all of the male principals in District 150 were called to go to Manual Academy. Yesterday, throughout the day, sporadic calls to the PPD to proceed to Manual. Yesterday, students at Manual confirm knowing about at least two fights before 12:00.

All of this activity is making me wonder... "what's going on at Manual Academy?"

@4:15 a.m. Emtronics posted:
...they had a full blown fight at Manual yesterday while letting the children out for PE. Fights broke out on the track, in public view. The Campus police didn't call backup but the Admin did put out a call for all admins at other schools to come to Manual. They didn't want this public. When they got the kids back inside, two more fights broke out. It was a hell of a day at Manual.


35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that a campus police officer got hurt breaking up a fight last week. Seems like there are fights at Manual every day. Is this what is meant by Remarkable happens every day?

Sharon Crews said...

I guess none of this has reached the level to make it newsworthy. Personally, when 150 personnel are commanded to go to the scene and when police with tasers are called, I would think the public should have been informed. Did parents receive any kind of notification or explanation?

I did hear that all "male" security guards were called to the scene. What is this about all "male" assistance?

Sharon Crews said...

I heard that a teacher's aid--at least, some employee was injured at the same time that the officer was hurt. I wonder if any of this has anything to do with the restrictions recently placed on security--the use of handcuffs, for instance.

walk of shame said...

If crimes are being committed, and it sounds like assaults are being comitted, then why aren't the police being called? Are schools the wild west where crime is allowed? And are male principals trained to break up fights? It sounds like it is work for the police not principals.

Sharon Crews said...

The police were called--but the media chooses not to report these "events." If the same thing happened at Northwoods Mall, would it be reported? Then why is it secret when it happens outside or even inside of a school?

Anonymous said...

Because children have rights to privacy, teachers don't get to know when they have delinquents in the classroom. Schools are sanctuaries for thugs and their parents who know how to work the system.

Sharon Crews said...

They might have rights to privacy, but they don't necessarily have a right to be in regular classrooms--hence the alternative school--and we don't really know how students are chosen to go the alternative site at Woodruff.

Anonymous said...

Walk of Shame: There has been a policy in place, actually implied not officially, to not inform the police. This predates Latham. It looks bad when school official's cannot control what goes on. Wasn't it recently said at one of the Board meetings, "that if a student stomps on a teacher's foot it will not be a police matter, it will be a school matter"? No wonder they call Dist. 150 the pipeline to prison. The students get away with crimes in the schools, so why not on the streets? Oh, yeah, the cops, courts and John Q. Public won't put up with it.

walk of shame said...

I wonder what would happen if a teacher took it upon themselves to call the police if they were assaulted? Would they be reprimanded? I am sorry...but if crimes are being committed on campus and the police are not being informed doesn't that make the sschools acomplices?

Sharon Crews said...

That's an interesting question, Walk of Shame. I know some teachers who have and who will call police if they witness fights worthy of arrest, etc.--especially, now that security guards are not allowed to arrest (my understanding). This is a definite act of intimidation on the part of the administration.
Why would an administration want to take the risk of being culpable if someone is hurt, etc.?

Emtronics said...

Today, Wednesday, at Manual they had an all out fight in the cafeteria. Some girl was slightly injured when students were throwing apples across the cafeteria. Two custodians tried to break up the fight with one actually throwing a student over his back and onto the floor. The animals are running the zoo. Some staff have told me they would be safer in prison and that the students are out of hand because they know they aren't getting booted, suspended, or even arrested. On student was tazed and sent to the hospital to make sure he was ok. FEH. Have we had enough yet??

Anonymous said...

From what I understand a male teacher's aid was also hurt in the Wednesday fight. Homecoming week, today's activities did not happen. Not sure about the rest of the week's homecoming activities. What do you think?

Emerge Peoria said...

Would it be this bad if Kherat was still there?

Anonymous said...

Kherat has a caring presence with the students and they knew it. Jenkins has a caring presence too....for herself and how much money she can squeeze out of this district before they finally kick her a** to the curb....like they should have done 3 years ago at Roosevelt. Hinton dropped the ball on her....oh and Mary Davis too!

Anonymous said...

This would happen whether Kherat or Jenkins were there. Jenkins has the same caring attitude that Kherat had. The difference this year is that the students know the staff's hands and also the resource officer's in District 150 are tied due to not being able to either suspend or expel students for bad behavior and also for the fact that Dr. Kherat put into place all women administrator's. The student's know there won't be any serious consequences. They need to bring back Kohlman so that they have a male administrator presence.

Anonymous said...

There's no consequence for their behavior. So what if they get kicked out of school? Sooner or later they will all be living off of taxpayer dollars. It's just a matter of time. Lathan changed the cell phone policy so kids can text smack to each other all day long.

C_Jones22 said...

I went to Manual for a semester in 2008... I was terrified, and never went back again. I have never been around anything so violent and disturbing. The students are not just harming themselves and ruining their education, but also the education of others. The children that WANT to learn. It's ridiculous. Arrest these people that are not in school to learn- They are going to end up causing MORE children to drop out, or become terrified to go to school.

Anonymous said...

This also occurring at Central on a daily basis. the fights when leaving school are blocking streets, ending up in people's yards. Peoria PD are involved and keeping it hush hush. They don't have the resources and the COP stance on crime is to not report it. Funny how Springfield rose above Peoria in the crime stats. Well, the stats have to be reported accurately for Peoria. The PD recodes events--calling a violent crime something lesser, doesn't complete police reports on all incidents. They can't sell their swanky new hotel and justify spending every dime for future generations to come on their pet projects unless they can fool the people that crime is not happening.
Youth are more violent. This is the response they are taught. I am sorry, but Mr. Jackson needs to be having some serious discussions within his own community to resolve the problems instead of blaming everyone else. I am not saying this is motivated by race, but no one wants to have honest discussions about what is happening in the community. Honest discussions with the point of developed a serious, strategic plan to reduce the violence, encourage education which will ultimately lead to the reduction of poverty. Beating your chest and saying there are no jobs for the community is a load. Keep the kids in school, eliminate the violence, get parents to do their jobs, tackle the drugs, then you have can have an abundance of qualified, educated youth ready to tackle the workforce and the next generation can have it better than the last. That is the American Dream.

Anonymous said...

Yes it is occurring daily at Peoria High. They had a Resource Officer injured last week too. So this problem isn't just at Manual where the district has female administrators. Peoria High has 3 male administrators...one is Kohlman and one was at Manual on Tuesday trying to do what????? Did anyone ever think maybe scheduling a district wide bus evacuation on the same day all principals in the district were out of their buildings for a meeting wasn't a good idea. Does the district have a master calendar? Administration 101

Sharon Crews said...

And guess who the presenter from Springfield is at the principals' meeting--Sharon Kherat. Disgruntled employees--fired or resigned--may come back to haunt Lathan.

Emtronics said...

District 150, Where something remarkable happens everyday! Here's today's at Peoria High. A boy, during lunch, calls a girl a bitch, she promptly takes her fully loaded nacho cheese plate and smears it in his face. Needless to say security is called and the girl complains she was called a bitch. The cafeteria staff ask her to clean up the mess then. Fuck you! Off she goes with security. Well, the natives being what they are, started pushing and shoving in line because of that little delay and before you know it, two girls where fist fighting with the whole line cheering them on and using their phones to video it. I'm sure it will be posted someplace. Here's the kicker. The security guard hit the girl with his elbow, more like accidentally, trying to restrain her. The whole crowd stopped and started yelling police are hitting on us. Me? I would have cold cocked her. After school, fight continued in the parking lot by the buses. On the scanner you can hear the bus barn telling the drivers to remain calm, police are on the way. Traffic blocked at Nebraska and North. Many fighting in the streets. The animals are loose from the zoo. These are the days of our lives.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what make Emtronics so rascist? Is it that he's stuck living in a black neighborhood? Could a black man received a promotion he felt he deserved? Were his kids bullied growing up in predominately black schools? I wonder???

Sharon Crews said...

Were evacuation drills and principals' meeting over by lunch time? The kids have definitely gotten the word that there is a lax discipline policy in place. I'm not sure what's going on at the alternative school--but there certainly are enough candidates to fill the building. If they don't go there, we don't have an alternative school--just in name only in attempt to fool some of us into thinking something happened.

used to love to teach said...

You bet, Sharon. We teachers have been told by our Principals in no uncertain terms that he will NOT be suspending students because Lathan will come after him for having too many suspensions regardless of what the students do to get suspended. The inmates are officially running the asylum....

Anonymous said...

You know the term "racist" used to mean that you thought your race was superior. It has since changed. Most people are not truly "racist" they are in fact prejudiced. Black people can be prejudiced but not "racist" by today's definition. I do not think Emtronics is "racist". I worked in the district with a woman who told me she never thought she would be "racist". I asked her if the kids at this school were Japanese would she feel like she didn't like Japanese. If they were Hispanic would she think she didn't like Hispanics? It is the behavior of the black kids that people don't like, if they were a different color they would still not like the behavior. This kids happen to be black, so......you tend to blame the color. I hope this makes my point. It is not the people but their behavior.

Anonymous said...

Ok..the district wide bus evacuation was on Tuesday...the same day that Lathan & crew held a principals meeting for all district principals from 8 am to 5 pm at Woodruff. When problems broke out at Manual Lathan sent all male principals to Manual. When a district wide bus evacuation is going to happen please keep the principals in the building. Administration 101

Now let me see....problems at Peoria High...did Lathan send all female principals to help out...I'm just saying...there are male administrators already at Peoria High.

Sharon Crews said...

I trust that as things gets worse, the press will decide to get involved. If Lathan isn't gone soon, there will be no turning back from this road to destruction. If, indeed, these fighters aren't being sent to the now existent alternative school, then there is no hope for reclaiming the schools.

Sharon Crews said...

Anonymous, I forgot to say how much I agree--it isn't color, it's behavior. There are so many great black kids in our city, it's just wrong to saddle them with an undeserved stigma.

walk of shame said...

All the media, the Administration, and/or the public has to do to know what is going on is listen to the scanner at 2:30 on a school day. The happening at PHS and the surrounding neighborhoods is astounding.

Anonymous said...

walk of shame: They don't want to know. If you can claim you don't know then you are not accountable. It is not a secret about all the fights and violence. It is the ostrich theory, stick your head in the sand, of course that leaves your backside open. When is the last time an administrator or BOE member just walked into a school? And I don't mean Charter Oak. I mean one of the schools that is having trouble, like Manual, Central, Woodruff, Glen Oak or Day Treatment. There are others of course. Perhaps there should be a stipulation that any new Super, or BOE member has to "serve" time in said schools.

Anonymous said...

How are the multiple Security Officers or should say Resource Officers and other employees that were hurt in separate fights at Manual? Were there any consequences given for all the fights or were thy just given suspensions for a few days. Hopefully all involved will not be allowed to participate in any school activity the rest of the semester.

Sharon Crews said...

Barring students from extra curricular activities is not a punishment. Many of the troubled students are not involved in afterschool activities. They should be banned--but that shouldn't be the extent of the consequences.

One of the officers has a broken wrist as a result of the fight at MHS--the one that took place on the track.

Sharon Crews said...

District Watch (plenty to watch :) )will meet at Monical's Sunday (Knoxville and Lake) at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Emtronics said...

You punch someone, that is assault. Screw the extra activities. You are charged and get your day in court. END of problem.

Anonymous said...

In Dist 150 all involved get to attend games and dances. Great consequences! No wonder they can act like this without repercussions.