Bomb threat puts Highline High School into lockdown Friday morning


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A bomb threat, which police say came from out of state, caused Burien’s Highline High School to go into lockdown mode Friday morning, Feb. 27.

Deputies checked the school, and have given the “All Clear” there, as well as the Admin Building, Sgt. BJ Myers told The B-Town Blog.

Also, it’s unknown if it’s related, but Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines was also put into lockdown and evacuated Friday morning due to a bomb threat; read more here.

As we get more details, we’ll update this post…

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45 Responses to “Bomb threat puts Highline High School into lockdown Friday morning”
  1. Wendy says:

    So is MRHS in lockdown due to bomb threat

  2. Parent says:

    Mt. Rainier was in a lockdown and is now in a lock out for a bomb threat this morning too

  3. So glad says:

    UNBELIEVABLE…. Really, what is this world coming to. Leave the kids alone, so glad my son is a senior and will be done!

  4. Joey Martinez says:

    Mt Rainier too…

  5. Pappy says:

    So if this was a student who called this in…

    Will we once again suffer the districts “NO SUSPENSION/EXPULSION” Policy???

    We have teachers coming to board meetings BEGGING for help with violent students, can’t have them suspended, or expelled. Children are terrified to be alone with these students, and NOTHING is being done to either help the student, the teacher or the class.

    HOW HORRIFIC THAT A TEACHER MUST COME TO A BOARD MEETING, RELATE THIS STORY, AND THEN BE IGNORED BY THE BOARD!!!

    THIS ALONE IS REASON WHY WE NEED CANDIDATES TO REPLACE AND REFRESH THE HIGHLINE SCHOOL BOARD!

    4 Seats are coming up for election this year!!! We need candidates to turn this district around!!!

    • jimmy says:

      http://www.highlineschools.org/cms/lib07/WA01919413/Centricity/domain/122/documents/Student%20Rights%20and%20Responsibilities%20English%2013-14.pdf

      I think you or the teacher involved have got this a little wrong if you look at the link above they can and will suspend or expel if other opinion have not worked.

      Theres also teachers that don’t like some students and have in the past try to build false reports on them or (extend the truth) to make them self look better and get the student in more trouble . Since some parents will listen to the teacher more than the student.

      • john says:

        Jimmy was the policy in 2013 but it is not the policy now. Susan Enfield and her school board changed that.
        I spoke with the school district and the policy now is to keep them in school and not expel them. Only if the violence is extremely bad will the student be expelled.
        That does NOT cover routine violence and bullying.
        I have heard stories of violent thugs running the school population as if they were mafia kin pins that you have to pay homage to and obey any request including extortion of money without question or you will get punished by them (physically).

        Is this any kind of environment for kids to learn in??

        The school district complains of overcrowding ? Well I have a great way to help with that … EXPEL violent students so the majority of the students that are there to learn can go to school without being in fear of bodily or psychological abuse.

    • rational and informed says:

      Pappy-
      Will you please stop yelling at us in all caps? You, John, and so many others who come in here with nothing more to offer than incorrect and unfounded information aimed at vilifying the school board members and the district. You serve no other purpose than to rabble-rouse about something you don’t even know the facts about. Indeed, students can be suspended or expelled! It is still listed as school and district policy on the district website. I looked through every board resolution and see no resolution stating that there are no longer suspensions or expulsions.
      http://www.highlineschools.org/Page/108
      What I know is that the district has made a decision to implement a preference for “in-school” suspensions as part of a tiered response to get kids back on track. I attended a community coalition meeting when this was first being discussed and know some facts. After researching and identifying that the very kids who desperately need to be in school receiving support and academic remediation were instead being suspended, and often times out on the streets, unsupervised, a policy of in-school suspensions was instated. They make the kids come to school in a segregated, supervised area which is a whole lot less fun for them and actually requires them to work.

      The district has created a *goal* of no suspensions, but the data I have seen shows that they are still suspending some kids.
      As to your mention of a teacher coming in begging for help, I assume you are speaking about the last school board meeting where a teacher from, I believe, Southern Heights Elementary came to request a system of triage and fast-tracking for kids who need services immediately due to the severe nature of their issues? In fact, she was asking for help dealing with child who had not yet been formally assessed and qualified as a special needs student . She she stated that he is 6 years old. What she described was a nuanced, complex issue that must balance the student’s rights and safety under the law and those of his peers. I never heard her suggest that the child be suspended or expelled, she just wanted him to be transferred into an environment that would be appropriate for him.

      I did not see the board ignore the teacher’s plea. I saw them duly note the issue and Dr. Enfield stated that she would be out to spend time in the school within the next week or two to personally assess the situation and form a plan. It was a public promise. With lots of witnesses. She would be foolish to make such a promise when her every action seems to be under scrutiny and criticism.
      You paint the picture in your own way, leaving out just enough of the details to make folks assume the worst about the board and the district. These people who are doing hard work that is very complex.
      What you are doing is not positive or constructive in the least. It is plain out disingenuous and unfair to the poor simpletons who jump on your bandwagon without finding out the facts for themselves.

      • Highline Employee says:

        Yes, many people are working hard. And, yes there have been public promises. Have you followed up to see if those promises are kept to employees? I’m still hopeful, but should probably face reality. The fear that is everywhere inside of this district is alarming to state it mildly.

        • rational and informed says:

          Highline employee-
          First- thank you for your hard work. Especially if you are a teacher.
          Nope not followed up… yet. I am quite interested now and if I find out anything new I will re-post.
          I am still hopeful also, keep up yours. Changing any large organization is like turning a ship. I would be really surprised if some of these board members didn’t simply decide not to run again.
          I am not really trying to defend them. What I am upset about is the current trend in these comments of representing the situation in simplistic, vitriolic language that really has just one agenda and simply put, often misrepresents facts.
          So in the purpose of getting facts:
          When you say:
          “The fear that is everywhere inside of this district is alarming to state it mildly.”
          Are you talking about teachers being afraid of students, or something else?

          • Linda says:

            Being inclusive to the point where it becomes a detriment to the majority is a bad policy .

            • Highline Employee says:

              There is fear of retribution within the school district. One cannot speak out as a professional without fearing for one’s job. That is connected to our school board and is a clear direct result of our leadership at many levels. If the question is asked- “what is the feedback from teachers and staff in the buildings?” Pay attention to exactly who answers that question. Is that person a teacher or staff in a building? If not, how do you know the answer is factual and authentic? Staff in the trenches are not being heard.
              Maybe that is intentional.

      • Mother of a scared student says:

        Rational and Informed,

        You want a story closer to home?

        Last week, Marvista: A student got into a confrontation with a staff member, over heard by multiple classes, according to my son it got so bad school security had to be summoned.

        Stuff torn from walls, desks flipped over etc etc. When school security arrived at Marvista my son’s class watched as the student fled the grounds!

        Next day the student was seen going back into class after recess. Students from that class are scared of the temper on the student, that they are going to be hurt. The student is back in class. My son is scared, asking how can a child do that to an adult and not be in trouble, how can he run away? What will happen if they were to hurt another student? That’s a tough question to answer coming from a 9 year old, who was brought up to respect adults and knows that there “should” be consequences for bad behavior. Bullying has been allowed to continue through the years my son has been at Marvista, he’s seen it in his class and at recess, and told us his parents. Some children, repeated problems, no solutions. Except getting new principals almost every year.

        I’m sorry in my day we got suspended, we didn’t get the opportunity to come back and have another episode later in the week. This is about the children, but this isn’t a new problem for this student, this school, or this district. Students that need suspensions are not getting them and are allowed to continue and reenforce the negative behavior to the detriment of themselves and the student body, and staff.

        • A Marvista Parent says:

          As the parent of a student who has been the victim of bullying at Marvista, I was called and asked to read this thread and comment if I chose.

          I think that this is a fortuitous thread, in that it brings to light a major problem in our district. As a parent in the district, I have been to the offices, raised issues, etc etc.

          My feeling of the response was I didn’t matter my concerns were mute because they weren’t the concerns of the district. I was repeatedly asked if I had spoken to my child’s teacher, and principal, “Yes, multiple times” The feeling was then, “We (the HSD) have our own agenda and no parent or problem will stand in our way, it’s our way or the highway. Any parent going to the district is beating their head against the wall if it isn’t in the HSD game plan.

          I appreciate Pappy’s CAPS as the district isn’t listening.

          Yes my child has been the target of bullying from the first grade on. I am thankful that this year my child has a group of friends around them. I have only once gotten a satisfactory answer of action from the staff or administration at Marvista, in the past years. That time involved an incident where I had to state to a former principal that if nothing was done, immediately, the NPPD, would be brought in, because the incident was on their security cameras and it was serious, no 4th grader should be acting out to another student of the opposite gender in the manner reported. And yes immediate action was taken, although it was a week after the incident, and my child only told me after a break down.
          Because of prior issues over the years, I feel I have been privy to many stories of problems, and incidents of bullying. And as a result of that knowledge I am here to say. The No Suspension/Expulsion policy doesn’t work!

          Further, this district, and schools compartmentalize incidents so that word of them does not get out to parents or the public. This has been a practice since my child was at Marvista. Principals have come and gone as the result of some VERY serious incidents at Marvista, but no one cares, it’s quietly brushed to the side. No one wishes to speak out. This is a symptom of a much larger problem. Despite that there was the possibility of injury to students or staff no one would comment. There was no interest at the district last year when I went in about bullying at school. I was told one year “This is how kids grow, and expand their world” By shoving a child to the ground and hitting and kicking? Or holding a student’s head in the toilet while it’s flushed? These are how children learn? Both incidents are from prior to this year. But this is how those in charge of educating our children are handling bullying.

          There needs to be transparency, communication, conversation. These incidents may be unpleasant to talk about, but they do need to be talked about, so we know what’s going on, so we can speak to our children when they come to us with questions. Names don’t have to fly, but there needs to be notice of these incidents so that parents have the opportunity to work with their children, and there needs to be action on the part of the district to deal with these problems.

          My child is back in love with learning, but there were years that they told me they never wanted to go back, that they never wanted to enter the school again, and have asked for other classes or schools.

          In other districts notes go home about incidents all the time. From minor swearing problems, to bullying issues. A staff member has a chair thrown at them, and I have to ask why school security and police were at the school the day before… Communications in the district are terrible.

          I fully agree we need new blood on the school board.

          • rational and informed says:

            Marvista Parent
            I am so sorry to hear of your experience. I have a had a child go through a less extreme case of bullying and it is a difficult thing to go through. It does happen too often all over the place. The most important thing is I am so glad that your child is back in love with learning.
            I appreciate that you were honest and stated that “Both incidents are from prior to this year.” You did not have to do that, but you were being factual and truthful and I truly appreciate that.
            Your comments are well-thought out,civil and I agree with much that you say.
            Especially:
            “There needs to be transparency, communication, conversation. These incidents may be unpleasant to talk about, but they do need to be talked about, so we know what’s going on, so we can speak to our children when they come to us with questions. Names don’t have to fly, but there needs to be notice of these incidents so that parents have the opportunity to work with their children, and there needs to be action on the part of the district to deal with these problems.”
            Your comments add so much more to the conversation than hyperbolic half-truths and misrepresentation which is so often seen in these comments. As I have said several times in this thread, the board may very well need to be replaced, but let’s be factual and truthful in our statements. Comments that are one-dimensional, factually incorrect, statements-of-opinion-as-fact or are misrepresentations of the situation are what I am taking exception to and calling out.
            I believe these problems are complex and deserve complexity and thoughtfulness in the way we discuss them.

        • rational and informed says:

          Mother of scared-
          Very interesting and sad story. I am really sorry that your child has experienced a troubling outburst. Yes -in my day, and your day kids got suspended. And bullying and aggression also happened in our day. My husband routinely handed over lunch money and was even forced to eat grass once. I can’t say that suspensions made much difference in his nice suburban low diversity schools.
          I am not saying that there should not be suspensions, at all. I have not said that. There are situations when it is appropriate and needed. What I have done is try to provide a more detailed account of the situation, rather than ranting in all caps to continue the rancor that people who have a very clear agenda have been fomenting in these comments.
          Your new principal who spoke at the board meeting seemed very capable and sharp. Did you speak to her about your concerns?

      • Highline says:

        Dear Rational and Informed: you may believe yourself to be ‘rational and informed’ but you obviously do not teach and do not spend all day in a classroom in Highline School District in any other capacity. I do. The data looks good, but the reality does not. Please do not preach what you only believe you know. Those of us in the trenches are truly informed.

        • rational and informed says:

          Speak up my friend. You have a mic in your hand.Those of us outside of the classrooms can only be informed in the way you are if you share. I have shared what I have witnessed and what has been made a matter of public record,through data,and public and written statements.
          I have no desire to preach, just to flesh out the picture without shouting, or leaving out the details.
          As a teacher in the district, don’t you have a union which you can work through to redress grievances or bring concerns out so that they become a matter of record and we can all be informed by you in the trenches?
          Oh and very important-thank you for your hard work. I think (see this where I clearly state my opinion, as opinion) you are doing a hard job, in a hard community to serve. I wish you well.

      • Kathleen Waters says:

        The audio-visual presentations at the Marvista meeting were not prime. I had no ability to read the overhead screen where the agenda was posted and a very difficult time hearing the speakers while seated in the back of the room. So, I didn’t hear the superintendent speak to the teacher who described her “emergency” classroom situation. I heard bits and pieces of a shocking description of a first grade class in a state of terrible dysfunction from the teacher.

        I’d just like to pose a rhetorical question regarding the first grade teacher’s plea for help regarding her whole class not just one child. This question is in no way a criticism of the teacher who I admire for her courage and tenacity. The question relates directly to the board and the superintendent. When/Why is it ever appropriate or necessary for any teacher to come to a board meeting in order to be heard?

        • rational and informed says:

          Kathleen-

          That’s too bad that you were sitting at the back of the room and could not hear clearly. Maybe you should try to get a seat closer to the front next time? Was it you or Rose Clark that suggested in your address to the board that all the board meetings should be videotaped like the Burien city council meetings are? That is a really good idea. The board and district would be wise to follow that suggestion. It is a critical issue.

          By definition, your rhetorical question is a question asked solely to produce an effect or to make an assertion and not to elicit a reply. But I will give you my answer. It is my opinion, just as your question asserts and implies your opinion.
          It is appropriate or necessary for any teacher to come to a board meeting in order to be heard anytime they want to. Anytime they wish to make a concern a matter of public record and bring scrutiny to their specific situation. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Donald Trump says it quite well in many sources ” Don’t negotiate with underlings.” Go to the top. Good for her addressing the board and public. I would be very interested to know the full story of why she felt compelled to take bold action if she ever chose to share it. Until then we can only speculate.

          • Kathleen Waters says:

            ” Donald Trump says it quite well in many sources: Don’t negotiate with underlings.” The Donald is not exactly my favorite source about education, professional protocol and the lines of authority in a school district. The first grade teacher who described her plight as an “emergency” was very clear that she has worked with all the resources she has including her principal. And yes, I was implying something with the rhetorical question. I know many teachers and to a person they all advise me that a teacher should never be put in the uncomfortable position of coming to the board at a meeting to air a legitimate concern. It puts unusual and unnecessary stress on a professional to air the “companies” dirty laundry in public. I can’t imagine what a difficult decision it was for the teacher to make that choice. Another teacher at the same meeting also described having met privately with a board member that included a request from, I believe, 50 other teachers regarding an issue with books. He was appearing out of a clear frustration that their request has yet to be answered after several months of attempts to get an answer. I mention this as a taxpayer and former student in the HSD who is deeply disappointed with the criticism that comes from the board and admin. that voters, parent, taxpayers aren’t participating with them . . . . participation is a 2 way street.

      • Betsy says:

        The idea is if you keep the kids in “in school suspension” one of the benefits is that they are not home, unsupervised, while parents are at work. Would you prefer he/she be hanging out at the library or skate park while they are on suspension or in school under the supervision of staff?

    • Jan says:

      Just wait a couple more years when the Superintendent’s plan to put your 11 year old 6th grader in Middle School is implemented. If you think you’re scared now…

  6. Michelle Gonzalez says:

    I called Highline High School and confirmed it was not a lock down but an emergency evacuation. …All is clear and students have been back in class for 3 hours now.

  7. Pappy says:

    Someone stated it was an out of state line, that called in, but this can be covered by a Google Voice voip number that many many kids use. With a Voip number it is using a cell phone over wifi or internet calling. Kids use it with their Ipods, and out of service cell phones. My nephew uses it on his Ipod that ISN’T even a phone but can use wifi calling, and it’s free!.

    Google Voice, Vonage and several other providers have this service.

    My nephew;s number is from the Augusta Maine area code, he’s had numbers at times from Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, and Massachusetts (numbers expire if they are unused for XX days) .

    I would hope that this is a reverse search that the LE can look into.

  8. John says:

    That is unbelievable!!
    Violent students should be expelled. If there is extenuating circumstances I can see a suspension but if it happens again then EXPEL THEM!!

    If the school board is a roadblock to expelling violent students then we need a new school board and members that will enforce this policy!

    Lets get out there and vote in some rational HSB members in November. In the meantime email the Susan Enfield and ask her why this is happening..

    • rational and informed says:

      John-
      Please stop providing misinformation and hearsay evidence:
      I see at 12:03 pm today you made this histrionic comment, accusing the board of standing in the way of expelling kids… “So let’s vote them out!!!!!” and then at 4:26 pm you ( or someone else named John)commented that you had spoken to the district and they do expel violent kids if it is bad enough.
      You (or someone else named John) then proceed to present hearsay about violent kids roaming like mafia kingpins. Your comments sound like you really have it out for the board, and will say or repeat any rumor to shift public opinion against them.

      They may very well need to be replaced, I have not finished researching them, but you don’t sway me in the least. Your comments just seem bitter and mean-spirited against some folks you probably don’t even know. Judging by how many of them ran unopposed in the past, clearly we don’t have a lot of people who are willing to devote the many volunteer hours required to be on the board, simply to become a public target. You could not pay me enough to do that job… and they don’t even get paid.

      • Linda says:

        Your personal attacks because others have had different experiences with the school board makes one wonder what your agenda is?

        • rational and informed says:

          These are not personal attacks,please re-read the comments. In each instance, I am responding to the comments that the individual made. If their name is used it is to be clear whose comments I am addressing. I speak to the comments and even allow that they may have points but I would like them to present them with verifiable clear facts not “I have heard stories of….”
          I have no agenda other than to try to present some facts that address comments that are half-truths, opinion-stated-as -fact,misrepresentations and over-simplifications of very complex problems. I resent that the comments are often hi-jacked by the same people dominating the conversation with less than accurate information and I would like for a more balanced picture to be painted.

      • John says:

        Using “hearsay” evidence to dismiss “hearsay” evidence is somewhat dishonest intellectually don’t you think?
        I am guessing “rational and informed” is an alias for Joey Martinez.
        Believe what you want to believe but this issue is not being handled well by the district.

        • rational and informed says:

          I don’t see any hearsay evidence in my comment addressing your comment. Your comment is a documented fact. To point out the fact that you are presenting stories that you have heard as if they were facts is not intellectually dishonest or any kind of dishonest.
          You believe that the school district is not handling the issue well. That is your opinion, to which you have a right. Thank you for simply stating your opinion in a calm unembellished way.
          I believe that they are trying to address a complex problem with an attempted solution which has both merit and flaws and may ultimately be scrapped. That is my opinion. We each have a right to our opinion.

        • Joey Martinez says:

          Thanks John for considering me rational and informed. Does that mean you’re irrational and uninformed? 😉

          I don’t use pseudonyms, aliases, nor have I willingly fabricated in my comments. Can we get a shout out from William Forest on that?

    • HSD Grad says:

      I’m confused. How did we go from an out of state bomb threat to concerns about the district’s attempts to reduce out of school suspensions? Another leap toward inflaming and misinforming those who believe too much of what they read here.

      An informed member of the community would know that the district’s goal is to reduce out of school suspensions for infractions such as defiance by a student. Nowhere has it been stated or attempted to keep violent students in school.

      The very students that are being suspended are the students most likely to drop out. So which is it, does the district suspend students for minor infractions and increase their likelihood of failing to graduate? And will you then be on the blogs criticizing the districts graduation rates?

      Get informed, take a look at the bigger picture, make a greater effort to be properly informed about a tremendously complex issue and THEN chime in with your two cents. Until then, it’s just more useless babble.

  9. Kathleen Waters says:

    Just so voters can plan ahead and determine if they or a neighbor wants to run for the Highline School Board there are five seats on the board that represent five districts.

    Link to district boundaries: http://www.highlineschools.org/cms/lib07/WA01919413/Centricity/domain/1146/school%20board/School-Board-District-Boundaries.pdf

    Districts 1, 4 & 5 (Curry, Dorsey and Spears) are up for election on the November ballot. Another opening will come because Susan Goding of district 3 has resigned and her seat will be open for appointment on March 4. The individual who gets appointed to her seat can then file as an incumbent in May to be eligible for the primary in August. Other people can also apply in May for District 3’s position.

    For those who can take the time to attend a HSD board meeting I’d suggest that attendance at even one meeting can be a terrific way to learn about the board, the superintendent, the administration and the district.

  10. Austin Charaba says:

    ohh my god i was soo freaked out! i came to school like 2 hours late and yes there was still people in the building that had no idea what was going on! the only way i found out is there was a security guard that told me they where in lock down. i could have died today. and that fate may have meet meany others.

    • jimmy says:

      ohh my god can you read the third and forth line in the story posted about 10 hours before your post . You most likely got to school after the police left you said you were 2 hours late a lot can happen in two hours ok your still alive did the schools go boom no it was most likely some dumba** kid that wanted a 3 day weekend.

      Deputies checked the school, and have given the “All Clear” there, as well as the Admin Building, Sgt. BJ Myers told The B-Town Blog

      John,Pappy someone already corrected you ok if you don’t like the school district than vote to change it. If that doesn’t satisfied then maybe its time to pack up and move.

    • Earl Gipson says:

      Mr. Charaba as a student (I am assuming that you are) you can tell us more of what is really happening in our schools than some speculating, especially those who have no children in the HSD. Teachers, the district, etc. may have personal/political agendas. You appear to want an education.

      Please keep writing and tell us more. If you are using your real name I would suggest that you do not. No one wants you the target of bullying and/or repercussions. A sad statement but reality is what it is.

      P.S. Two hours “late” would not be excusable in my day. That would be absent with make up time applied. I will also assume there was a darn good reason for the tardiness and please keep writing.

  11. pappy says:

    HSD GRAD.
    I believe we got to the suspension discussion via the fact that anyone; thru the use of an Voice Over Internet Protocol or (VOIP) number can have an out of state phone number while being right here in Burien. That leads to the logical connection of it may be a student wanting Friday off. Leading to what could be the consequences, hence the no suspension policy discussion.

    Rational and Informed. I’m well into my senior years, but in the last 6 months I have seen the word “Histrionics” used 3 times and every time it was the same person closely associated with HSD, and the bond, attacking the NO opposition to the school bonds. Its one of her discrediting “jazzhands” distracting you from the topic, buzz words

    Finally the kids who are acting out without consequences are the ones according to the FBI who are most likely to act without regards for the consequences of their actions because they feel above them. Such as bringing a gun or weapon to school or acts of violence.

    Oh darn there I go spouting off FBI data on student violence, in another blatant display of HISTRIONICS. Yes there is definitive data out there. Ignoring the problems and sitting in silence does no one any good. But I doubt my “Shenanigans” will convince Rational and Informed despite published data.
    In regards to the mom above and her in my day… I my day you didn’t get suspended… you got a hickory switch and a hard seat to sit in and behave! You mouthed off, disrespected, etc, NONE of us would have every thought of being disrespectful to a authority figure, less we didn’t wanna sit for days.

    • jimmy says:

      Pappy I believe this what your talking about
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caller_ID_spoofing
      also the different government agents can track these dumba**s down by what is called a i.p address (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_address) even if there using a service to hide this info it just takes a little longer. Then you also have to consider the NSA info they probably already know who the punk is and are putting a case together. Most likey in the next 48 hours a few black sedans will pull up in front this punks house with a couple home land security vehicles and police car or two to haul the punk away to the federal prison in sea-tac.

  12. Wondering says:

    Perhaps the persons who are so critical of the school board should get their act together and volunteer to run for the school board.
    I haven’t seen one of them who says they have actually ever volunteered to go to the school and tried to help in the classroom. Hats off to the good, patient teachers who daily solve behavior problems as well as try to instill a love of learning in the students.
    As far as tracing the phone call is concerned, the police have ways of tracking these things. Maybe Homeland Security should get involved, that is if the Republicans will vote them money to keep running after next week.

  13. kathleen waters says:

    HSD grad, your comment that ” nowhere is it stated that the district wants to keep violent students in school” is accurate. Howeve the inferred logic that therefore there are no problems with violent and/or disruptive and destructive behavior isn’t accurate. All categories exist at all grade levels. Further, there is a serious problem with enforcement of the No Suspension policy. As evidenced by the First Grade teacher’s comments and previous teacher complaints at all grade levels, adequate functionality of the policy is random and unevenly applied from school to school.

    • HSD Grad says:

      Kathleen, my intent was not to infer that there are no problems with violence or other behaviors in the schools. We all know better than to assume these issues don’t exist. They do. The issue is what to do when they emerge, and they will.
      People here on the blog have run with the idea that the district’s goal is to not suspend any student, ever. I don’t believe that is the case. The literature put out by the district is quite clear that the goal is to eliminate “Out of school suspensions – except when critical for student and staff safety.”
      Out of school suspensions does not mean students won’t be suspended from the general education population. My understanding is that there are areas on school grounds where students will serve their suspensions, while still doing school work, separate from their peers.
      Unfortunately, the schools seem to bear the brunt of correcting behavior that originates outside of their control (like at home for instance.) When we hear of first graders behaving in a manner that disrupts and frightens classmates and teachers I would argue that the issue is more a result of what happens at home, or because of that child’s individual needs. There is only so much that can be the responsibility of the schools. Kicking kids out of school shouldn’t be either an opportunity for the student to get what they want – out of school, nor should it be an alternative used so the school doesn’t have to try to figure out the basis for poor behavior. But regardless of the response, addressing the root cause should be everyone’s responsibility, the parents and the schools.
      I would agree with you that the policy seems to lack even responses throughout the district, but I would also add that I believe this is an effort that is in it’s first year of implementation. Hopefully the district will develop more uniform responses as the effort matures.

      • rational and informed says:

        Excellent comment HSD Grad.
        You have hit the nail exactly on the head. Thank you for your thoughtful contribution to the discussion.

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