Sunday, March 25, 2012

Students pleading with District 150 Administration to make the school safe so they can get their education find themselves censored



 I finally got a chance to take a close up look at the recently censored article which was written by students at Richwood High School for their student newspaper. My first thought after reading the piece... this doesn't sound like any Richwoods High School I have ever known! Wow, what's going on out there in the best high school in Peoria?

I find it interesting that all of the things that Richwoods students are alleged to be getting away with - they come down hard on at Manual. There are some students at Manual who are said to have violated the dress code and who are now wearing uniforms (in accordance with the current policy). Why is the discipline policy being applied so stringently in one school and not the other(s)?



Excerpts from the censored article...

Misbehavior in the halls translates to misbehavior in the classroom. A poor classroom atmosphere then, results in a poor education.

We have seen an increase in cell phone and mp3 usage in the halls and in the classroom. We have also seen a rather lax dress code enforcement, thus students are able to wear pretty much whatever they please.

... a group of students placed a young lady in an empty trash can during lunch and pushed the trash can down part of the terrazzo. They only faced a light verbal chastisement.

... the halls are rowdy, and, quite honestly, a scary place to be.

Some students genuinely fear for their safety at school... Growth is stunted by fear of physical or psychological harm.

There should be stricter policies to curb the rise in texting, dress code violations, fights, rowdy hallway behavior, and plain rude behavior in classes.

This administration needs to lay down the law and enforce it well. Students need to abide by the rules that are set forth, and common sense.


18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Honestly said, I don't think you can do anything to fend off the attacks. I don't think you got attacked because of something you did, but because lots of people admire you and your work. That's apparently enough for some people to hate you. Only by unpassionating your readers, can you hope to actually stop the haters. I hope you will reject that option.

Anonymous said...

Every child should feel safe at school.

However, the bullying has come from the BOE and Dr. Lathan, without consequences.

Why are we surprised the students are feeling the trickle down? They have become collateral damage to an administration that only cares about themselves.

Sagging pants are obscene, plain and simple. There should be no need for a special dress code violation for that. It is common sense. Mom brings appropriate attire, or the child gets an escort home by the home facilitator to change. Every, single time, for every single person!

Rixblix said...

e need to re-think discipline. Suspensions don't work. Try to take a cell phone or MP3 player away from a kid - mom/dad get one the phone and raise hell...they want to be able to reach their kids while at school, after all, what happens if there's a shoot 'em up during the day? Dress code? Again, anyone who has gone shopping for close for their teenage daughter will tell you that it's not easy to find clothing that ISN'T revealing.

We (those of us in the trenches) need our community to step up and help. Out of school suspensions are a joke. The kids we're trying to work with view OSS as vacation. We need to make OSS suck. Students on OSS should have to pick up trash on the highway, serve meals at the Mission, pain fire hydrants, read to preschool kids.

But then...if Jimmy was caught with a cellphone sharing test answers and Jenny was told her shorts are too short and her shirt is too revealing, her parents would raise holy hell if those kids were punished.

Anonymous said...

Or if students are sending pictures of their naked body parts, and yes, this is happening, families should be called to pick up phone and observe the pictures themselves, and told student is no longer allowed to bring a cell phone to school.

Obscene is in at D150, with low-cut tops for girls and baggy pants for boys, and pictures of their naked selves being texted to one another.

Anonymous said...

This is craziness. Pictures of naked body parts are being sent by text and nothing is done in the way of discipline. Really? What is wrong with Clark and the administration at Richwoods? And this is the best high school in the district.

Anonymous said...

Something to keep in mind, if you look at pictures on a cell phone of naked body parts, even if you are a teacher, that would mean child pornography. You can get in big trouble for even looking at a kid's phone. Just thought I would throw that in.

Sharon Crews said...

Did I miss something or did two Anonymouses ago jump to a big conclusion? Did anyone say that Richwoods students had been sending pictures of naked body parts? I thought the Anonymous who brought this up said, "IF students are sending pictures.." An "If" statement with no school mentioned and then someone jumps the conclusion that the Richwoods principal is being remiss.

kohlrabi said...

"if students are sending pictures" is followed by"and yes, this is happening."

Vonster said...

2 words....Joe Clark.

Anonymous said...

3 words...not Joe Clark.

Anonymous said...

My daughter spent exactly 1 semester at Richwoods. She went to Washington Gifted for 4 years prior to that. The curriculum in the "enriched" classes was a joke. The constant bullying in the hallways overwhelmed her. The complete lack of respect by students for faculty and staff was appalling. The fact that there are roughly 500+ more students attending the school than it was meant to hold makes getting where you need to go in the allotted amount of time is ridiculous. I am glad someone is speaking out. Too bad the "powers that be" tried so hard to keep this article under wraps. Too bad it falls on deaf ears. Kudos to Terry Knapp for speaking up about this tonight!

Sharon Crews said...

kohlrabi--yes, but did the poster say it was happening at Richwoods? Do we just assume that because this post is about Richwoods? Posters, including me, aren't noted for staying on topic. Also, why would anyone admit to knowing that such things are going on without reporting it--it is criminal behavior, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

I agreed with Terry. This boy is going to loose her skirt about this. This boy is ruining lifes and mind in Peoria, with the blessing of some board members. If she is allowed to stay, do not be surprise that the Richwoods newspaper won't be there next school year. It's the kindom of terror, with Hittler ideas. If the community does not speak out now, we won't have a community tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

From Luciano, PJ Star:

"And that would seem to be the case with the Richwoods paper. At least, I hope so. We don't need the district to go to court and becoming a laughingstock nationally. Can you imagine it somehow trying to claim that proper discipline - and when students are begging for it - somehow flies in the face of its educational mission?"

Sharon Crews said...

Phil Luciano in tomorrow's PJS says, But that's what has become of Peoria schools, which might be more aptly dubbed Twilight Zone School District 150. Where else do administrators admonish students for advocating improved discipline and education?"
And once again District 150 is getting national attention--all negative.

Sharon Crews said...

I don't think it was without input from Lathan--I know that Lathan weighed in on the cartoon. Of course, I don't doubt that Lathan will distance herself from the decision. My guess is that a principal wouldn't take this action without backing--or marching orders. Clark may have been upset by the editorial, but I doubt that she made the decision by herself.

Anonymous said...

"anyone who has gone shopping for close for their teenage daughter will tell you that it's not easy to find clothing that ISN'T revealing." - Rixblix
I disagree,and I'm pretty sick of this excuse for allowing your daughters to dress like hoochie-mamas. I have two daughters who are able to find appropriate clothing for all occasions. Capris and bermudas are in style and readily available. You have to look a little harder for tops, but if you go somewhere other than Hollister and Abercrombie you can find those, too. Try Old Navy, J.C.Penney, Gap, Kohls. Yes, I know these aren't the trendy stores, but since when are teenagers the boss of their parents? Oh, yeah, for about the last 15 years.....
Please, parents - grow up and be the parent and not the friend for a change. That alone would solve a lot of the disciplinary problems in our schools.

Anonymous said...

First of all the word is clothes> Teachers are in severe danger everyday. The behavior of some students is beyond belief. I blame the current supt. Latham. Instead of teaching I Can statements and mind maps, PBIS, give the teachers some strategies to help the kids stop threatening teachers and each other, to learn vocabulary words other than m****RF***** B__-h. and a host of other pathetic language. Teachers and other students are held hostage from a group of students that are out of control. They need help not strategies from North Carolina.