Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Yet more on the Columbus Public Schools
In the "Credit Where It Is Due Department", prosecutors are apparently considering charges against the Mifflin folks after being pressed on the issue by the Columbus Public Schools Superintendent, Gene Harris.
However, in that same article, school board members seemed annoyed when asked why it took a month for them to meet and discuss addressing school violence. One board member, Jeff Cabot (a local attorney), refused to answer any questions about the delayed reaction:
"I'm not talking to you."
Hopefully, Columbus voters won't be talking to YOU either, Mr. Cabot.
Others seemed ignorant of any "national backlash" regarding the story:
Asked whether the [school violence] summit was in response to the national public backlash that has occurred since The [Columbus] Dispatch on April 12 published details from an internal district report of how administrators refused to contact police about [the sexual assault], [School Board Member Betty] Drummond responded: "What backlash?"
Wow. Either this is being swept under the rug, or we need to let Ms. Drummond know that, as a nation, we find this reprehensible (and, for us in the South, a confirmation of just how bad life and attitudes in those big cities of the North really are).
This is particularly so when you consider the fact she seems to place most of the blame on the students:
"The situation of the reporting or nonreporting would have never occurred if there had not been a (student) situation in the first place," Drummond said.
No kidding! And guess what -- your inexplicably incompetent administrators and apparently nonexistent disciplinary code allowed the student situation to occur!
Wow. I am floored by this attitude.
Meanwhile, two of the idiot assistants don't seem to think that being suspended for ten days without pay was warranted. Instead, they offered to keep quiet and accept a transfer if the school district would just pay them off.
They're right, you know. A suspension was not warranted.
They should have been terminated. Immediately.
Idiots. Hopefully, the state of Ohio will terminate their professional licenses. People with that little common sense steal oxygen from the rest of us, and certainly should not be allowed to be in charge of our children.