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Monday, November 14, 2011

The last three and a half weeks at school have been very, VERY difficult. I work/teach at an alternative highschool, which is a major challenge on a good day. The last weeks have seen several gang members getting out of jail and arriving in town with a set vendetta that they are h*ll bent on completing. Unfortunately, I have had seven kids stuck in the middle of the problem.

First, a student beat almost to death. He is a young father and he felt that he was protecting his girlfriend and daughter. 2 younger kids--12-15 walked by and began cursing him in front of his house. He walked out and told them to leave, probably not in those exact words. The younger guys jumped him and he preceded to whip them. Their fathers showed up and beat him severely. Of course the fathers were out on "supervised" parole?

Next several of my young ladies (possibly the wrong word to use) were dating some choice young men that decided to go on a shooting spree. The young men led the police force on a merry excursion from one side of town to the other before wrecking their automobile in someone's front yard. The driver was tazzed to get him out of the car. Again, "supervised" probation for previous offenders?

Next, another young man severely beaten. He has missed a week of school and although I hated that he got beaten so badly..the beating might have saved his life. He has not felt just right for over a week and he is really dizzy. I thought he had a head injury but after prolonged testing the doctors have decided that he has pancreatic cancer! He is only 19!

Lastly, I hope for a while at least, a previous student was shot and killed by a 31 year old guy over a fight about changing clothes in a bathroom. The gunman even shot his own girlfriend and her cousin that was trying to help her. Sweet dude, and yes he is on "supervised" probation from the Northern part of the state?

I can't help but think that the District Attorneys need to take a closer look at what is going on. If someone has several battery charges against them, is a known felon, and has gun/weapon charges pending, how in the H*LL do they get out on probation? If I was in that predicament, I think they would throw away the key! I have a neighbor that does not like the fact that I carry a pistol (outside of city limits) when I go out to walk my three little dogs. I believe that she is going to have to get over it. Maybe the "old West" is not a term of the past afterall.

Snowball fights are safer and provide a better family atmosphere!
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    Man... those poor kids on the receiving end of things there. Hopefully there's no more mayhem around you next week!
    2681 days ago
    I have huge respect for people like you!! Teachers that work with kids that have (obviously) big issues! Please keep yourself safe!! Who cares about your neighbours!!

    It is hard to see those things happen!! It makes me very Thankful that I live where I do and my kids go to the schools they do.
    2685 days ago
    I so agree with you and am so frustrated with these people out on the streets to do it all over again. I'm so sorry that some of the victims are your students. Some of this stuff happened right by where I live. I've lived in this neighborhood for 3 years and it's been quiet till some of these punks hit the streets again lately. I hope things get better for your students and you, and for our whole community.
    2685 days ago
    So sorry. I don't understand the gang mentality, why can't people just be civilized and not kill everything they come in contact with. Mayhaps these thugs would do well with a stint in Afghanistan where the people they dealing with have been trained to deal with them. I feel they would find they are not so tough when confronted with a terrorist trained to make people cease to be upright and partaking of nutrients.
    2685 days ago
    I worked in a similar environment for years. I had to deal with a kid making trouble in my classroom and eventually informed him that if he did not stop he would be suspended from the school program.

    Later his counsellor said to me, "Oh you shouldn't have confronted him, Calos carries a gun!"

    Hmmm 18 year old who typically caries a gun, co-worker who knows but does not deal with this, nor inform staff. Yeah sometimes it is just a little weird.
    2686 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/14/2011 2:00:15 PM
    emoticon what bothers me is Kids!! These are kids!!!! Pls be careful my friend
    2686 days ago
    This is so scary!! You & your students are in my thoughts & prayers.
    2686 days ago
    My Dad taught at a comprehensive high school for a while after he retired... I have great respect for you. I know what you guys go through....

    2686 days ago
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    emoticon I promise I will never complain about the drunks at work again.. Please keep safe lol..
    2686 days ago
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