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School Punishment too extreme by DawnW
GWHS and My Daughter
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GWISD not the sharpest crayons in the box
by DawnW
Feb 17, 2011 | 1636 views | 12 12 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
my daughter also got yelled when the principle saw this picture on facebook
my daughter also got yelled when the principle saw this picture on facebook
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I would like to thank the Principle, Superintendent, and Administrators at the GWHS for all you have done to my daughter.  A sweet lovely girl that once could have been the poster child for the "all American teenage girl". Through your tyranny, deceit, and willful lies to cover your own butts, you have turned a promising student with a bright future into a distressed lost kid, struggling to keep her head above water. Your school fails miserably at education for those sentenced to DAEP, and it is no wonder your drop out rate increases yearly. To sit in a room with 4 walls with a coach as the baby sitter, with no class room instruction available day after day will rot any mind. Yet you collect the full dollar amount for such students from the state without them having classroom instruction. You leave them to self study. She has stopped asking questions and assistance from the teachers, because at each turn she was told they would get around to her on their break if they had time. I believe that if you are going to put these kids in an alternative school...than it should be a school, and you should have a TEACHER that can actually assist the kids with their studies. Without providing a Teacher these kids mine as well be given school books and sent home and told do it on their own, but then if you did that you would not get the money from the state. Shame Shame.  I also want to thank the school for having some of the most asinine rules, I really never believed you could make yourselves appear more idiotic than you already did, but I was wrong!  She is not allowed within 300 feet of the campus, yet DAEP is on school campus and they walk across campus and eat in the school cafeteria, so technically each day she attends DAEP she is in violation. Wait Wait it gets more ridiculous. She cannot attend any school function or assemblies, yet they were made to attend a school assembly recently where they were mixed and sat among regular students. (the same kids you say you can not return to regular classes because they may endanger other students..you turn them loose among regular students.) It gets better, the village idiots are showing their colors now, anyone who has been in GW knows there is one main road that goes in front of the school, a side road to one parking lot, a side road in the back and a side road on the other side by a parking lot. My daughter was told she could not drive past the front of the school during school hours on the main road. Instead they want her to take all 3 side roads, meaning she will drive down the main road past the junior high campus, and right at the high school campus, she will turn left to go up the side of the school, to turn right to go behind the school and than right again to complete the other side of the school. Each of these side roads being longer and closer to the school itself than the 2 second distance it would take to travel the main road where the school sits further away from. It makes no sense at all, and you have to wonder if the person who came up with this, is in their right frame of mind. Perhaps they were dropped one too many times on their head as a baby.

The final straw is the blue nasty stained jumpsuits you provide to these children. Are they truly incarcerated to the point they need prison jumpsuits? I think it is just a power trip you have reducing the kids to dirty rags trying to show them who is in control. There is no point to them having to put these sloppy looking overalls on wearing their clothes underneath. I truly urge parents to take the step up and tell the schools NO MORE!

I would like to remind the school that they once more dropped the ball on following school procedures. See when my daughter was given DAEP, she was told to sign some papers, she refused, but they sent her home with a packet for me to sign as well, which I am sure included some kind of liability legal waiver about her health and well being while it there. yada yada...I told her not to give me the packet I did not want to see it and I would not sign anything to toss it in the trash! No paperwork was ever returned to the school, therefore they probably should have kicked her out of DAEP, and in all honestly that is one reason I did not sign it. By not doing so they assume responsibility for her, which includes her health, which I have on good knowledge that the building she attends DAEP in contains asbestos particles, and it believed to hold mold as well. Who is that lawyer fellow again on TV you know the one with the big billboards the pro at filing class action lawsuits?  Just remember GWISD, I never signed ANYTHING!!!!!

 

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DawnW
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February 25, 2011
When I made the comment about liberals, I did not mean in GW school, they tend to hold a whole different set of beliefs known only to ones self. I meant in general the fanatics out there that scream: Do not spank that child because it will grow up abused. Instead you have the kids that are never spanked grow up with no concept between right and wrong. The ones that want their kid to be on a sports team, but only if there are no losers in the game. The ones that never allow their kids to feel disappointment, or let downs. For those kids when the real world finally hits them they are unable to cope. That was the sense of liberal that I meant in comment to jackbox. Like I said GW has its own concept. I attended GW school from Kinder-12 my family has lived in the area for 40years. One of the shocks I experienced when I returned to the area, was how ran down everything in town looked. The streets, the houses, and the businesses there are falling in disrepair. Instead of the warm flash back I thought I would have entering my old alma mater, I was floored by the shabby appearance of the school. The peeling paint on the entrance doors, to the peeling formica in the office, and so on down the list. Here is a town and school that like a hag is showing its age. The days of wealth and privilege are gone, grand daddy’s money has already been spent twice over, and all that is left is the family name. They could blame it on the economy but truth is the money was gone before the economy tanked. Sure a select few still drive around in those jacked up gas guzzlers, and shinny new jeeps, but they are hocked up in such debt that their grandkids grandchildren won't even be able to pay it off. GW like so many other small towns have become a shadow of it's former self. There is no industry or growth available in the town, and time has passed them by. The good ol boys club like the town has all but died off, and what is left are the ones who remember the good old days, and the ones who for one reason or another got stuck there. Why Katie insists on finishing up school there I have no idea.

Parents Do not let your children become a victim of Public Schools
by DawnW
Feb 10, 2011 | 900 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I must be honest and tell you I had no idea this matter even existed until my daughter got in trouble. Now my eyes are wide open and I am trying to warn other parents before it happens to them. Educate yourself parents and do not blindly accept the school handling punishment. If your child has to go to court, make sure you fight it all the way, first they need to pled innocent, and at the very least ask for deferred adjudication.  Other wise this will haunt them the rest of their life.

Here is part of a story with the link to the full story. If reading these stories rankle your feathers GOOD! You need to get angry, and stand up for your kids! Do not allow school officials to ruin your childs life!

Tommy laid his head on his desk while the teacher was instructing the class in a new chapter from the math text book. Tommy is in the sixth grade and is 11 years old.  Last night his Mother was rushed to the hospital during an emergency and he did not get to bed until very late. Today he is tired and anxious about his Mother. While his head is on his desk, he fell asleep. He was awakened abruptly by a uniformed police officer standing beside his desk. http://www.texaszerotolerance.com/data/criminals_revenue.html

 

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DawnW
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February 14, 2011
Go to the following page, about halfway down is recent videos, watch the first one. The girl sprayed perfume on herself in class, because other girls were teasing her. She got a ticket. It goes on to say how these tickets may prevent students from getting accepted into colleges.

http://www.texasappleseed.net/


School Discipline needs to be reevaluated Angela Davis has suggested that “when children attend schools that place a greater value on discipline and security than on knowledge and intellectual development, they are attending prep schools for prison.”
by DawnW
Jan 25, 2011 | 2129 views | 39 39 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
School the " new Prison"
School the " new Prison"
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This might be your child one day
This might be your child one day
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I only recently have become aware of a growing problem within our school systems. The problem has been brought to my attention by personal experience, and I write this blog to inform parents of a very real threat in our schools. It is not the gangs, weapons, drugs, or violence that already afflicts our kids; it is the school officials themselves.  Remember the good ol days, when you got in trouble at school, got swatted, and then the real punishment came when you got home. Today's schools write tickets, have kids arrested, or simply decide what punishment they want to inflict, and they will not listen to any input from the parents. We have read the big news stories, like a kindergarten student takes a toy gun to school teacher sees it in kids backpack and kid is arrested. We as parents read those type of stories shake our heads and say do what?  It makes me wonder who exactly teaches our kids if they believe it to be a threat. The kid did not point the gun and say he was going to kill someone, in fact in his 5 young years I am sure that never crossed his mind. Most likely his thinking was he would bring a toy to school. My youngest in second grade and his friends find sticks on the playground and play star wars, cops and robbers, and shoot em up games. It is a real concern of mine when schools worry more about them acting like the sticks are guns and they arrest children over it, than the real threat they could fall and put an eye out with the stick. It is just out of hand and I hope through this blog you will educate yourself a little better about the Texas Public school systems.  Here is my story: My daughter Katie is a typical 16 year old girl, she loves music, hanging out with friends, shopping, and boys. She is a good student, and has never had behavior problems. She has been tardy and skipped school, but got caught and was dealt with, it's a typical teenage thing but that’s the worst of it. Well we all know how teenage girl drama can be especially over a boy, and that is what has landed her in this current mess. The three (boy, girl, and my daughter) texted crap back and forth, things were said that should not of been. My daughter confronts girl at school, they are arguing, boy steps in the middle, makes situation worse, he grabs and shakes my daughter, my daughter slaps girl, boy pushes my daughter. My daughter is in the wrong; she should not have slapped the girl. Boy is in the wrong he should not lay hands and push my daughter. School suspends my daughter pending a DAEP hearing and court charges. Nothing happens to boy. The same day two boys are in a fist fight at school, they get ISS and a ticket. I ask school to review video where it shows boy shaking and pushing my daughter, they said the saw him make contact but decided not to do anything to boy. I feel DAEP would be too extreme for a child that has never been in trouble before; I file a level one complaint. On the day of the the scheduled DAEP hearing principle says he received my complaint and instead of having a DAEP hearing he would handle the complaint and we would resolve this. I thought all would work out, the principle was not happy that I had filed the complaint and got very angry during the meeting. He did not like it when I said that had the boy not involved himself in the situation my daughter would not have slapped the girl. He blurted out he condoned the boy's behavior and that Katie would go to DAEP starting tomorrow, I told him I would file level II. I knew at this point he had just placed my daughter in DAEP without a DAEP hearing and that this was the last day for him to hold a hearing under policy and law. The next morning I had phone messages from him saying he found out he had to have a DAEP hearing and that he would do so today. I called him and told him he could not I even faxed him the policy in writing. He held hearing that afternoon, even though I in writing told him it was illegal and that I would not attend and I did not want Katie there. He made her be there anyway, but she refused to participate. I file level II, superintendant rules in favor of principle. I am now filing level III with the school board, and if they do not reverse the DAEP, then I will file an appeal with TEA. TEA is the ones that informed me that the principle broke state law when he held the DAEP hearing on the 4th day and that I am to not back down and fight it all the way, and if the school board does not rule in my favor than to appeal to them, because he broke the law. Did my kid do wrong? Yes!!! Should she be punished? Yes!!! Does she belong in DAEP with really problem kids? NO! Oh I forgot to mention she is graduating a year ahead of her class, instead of a junior she is a senior. Does that sound like a problem kid, or one that just made a simple mistake slapped someone, has apologized to the girl for slapping her and the girl apologized for what was said. Had she actually hit the girl and not slapped her, she would of got ISS. How messed up is that? Oh the little girl that was slapped had been slapped two months before by another student for her mouth, and the student who slapped her only got ISS then. So why has my child been treated differently? That's a question the school has been unable to answer as to yet. I will be adding to this blog as we go, and I will also be giving parents tools to help them if they find themselves in similar situations. Until then I am eager to hear from you readers.

 

 

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jackbox
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February 09, 2011
Good for him. It is a shame we have reached a time where common sense has to be legislated. I was surprised with the number of students going from 32,000 to 275,000 students facing class c misdemeanor charges in such a short time. Appears it is the School Admins. who now take the easy way out.