Wednesday, April 20, 2005
I take it all back . . .
about reason breaking out in Columbus.
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I just looked through some news articles in the CPS archives.
All hell is breaking out in their schools. Drugs, shootings, sneaking guns to school, assaults, fights, gang violence -- you name it, and I only looked at a six week period from March 9, 2005 through April 20, 2005.
And apparently the Mifflin response is (sadly) not abnormal. The fact is, schools need to react to such attacks in the same way a concerned parent or citizen would react.
I also looked at some much more detailed (and graphic) reports of the attack at Mifflin.
Apparently, the principal,. Regina "Hopefully Will Never Be In Charge of Kids Again" Crenshaw was in a meeting and couldn't be bothered to come investigate for nearly half an hour after being notified.
And she's appealing her termination? Wow. THAT'S arrogance of the highest order.
Meanwhile, school officials didn't even call the girl's dad -- a special education teacher who knew the family called him an hour after the attacks when she determined that the school administrators weren't going to call him themselves!
Apparently, you see, they had reviewed the videotape and determined that there had been no coercion.
She was asking for it, I guess. I suppose the fact several students reported she had been beaten and forcibly sodomized, and the fact her face and mouth were bleeding was overshadowed by watching the video of the sex acts.
This Columbus Dispatch editorial sums up what everyone should be feeling: while the assault was disgraceful in many ways, "the most egregious is that administrators, teachers and some students apparently felt far too little anger at the sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl."
Amen, and thank God my kids aren't trapped in that school district.