"TELL IT LIKE IT IS" aaron neville
A lot of discussion on the News-Herald web site concerning the girl that received a 30-day school suspension for fighting an alleged bully. Due to the ages of these students, we can only guess why the suspension was so severe. I will not even attempt to try to make sense of it. I’m not going to blame any parties… including the school administration.
One thing seems to be obvious; kids are different today. Remembering back in my school days there was a girl we called "witch" every chance we had. Stupid, stupid and if I'm ashamed about this after 45 years I am sure a few more are too. What we then called "teasing" is now "bullying". I sometimes wonder if that girl ever forgave us for our childish taunts. In today’s schools, she might bring a gun into the school to solve her teasing problem.
This bring up the program of Dads Of Great Students…a program Painesville Schools are trying in order to encourage students to know someone cares and is looking over their shoulders. Will it work? I don't know how effective itwill be, but at the moment it seems like the best idea around.
I can't get over the fact that a school board member must check in with the superintendent before visiting a school. Now I can understand a resident asking permission but not a school board member.
Then again, those schools are not the property of the administration, staff or students. Those schools are bought and paid for by the taxpayers of Painesville and we are reminded of that fact twice a year. We elect the board members to be our eyes and ears as well as providing the best education for our students.
Mr. Grippi or Mr. Costell or any school board member who wants to make an unannounced visit to our schools should have everyone’s blessing.
That includes the parents of those two students and the principals of the schools.