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GWISD not the sharpest crayons in the box
by DawnW
 School Punishment too extreme
Feb 17, 2011 | 1662 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.
DawnW
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February 24, 2011
Wow Laselva, you went through a lot with your son, so I know you can relate. What gets me is you and your family had to go through something like that, yet if your name had been such and such name thier kid would of got off. Prime example Katie slapped someone got the book thrown at her...a couple weeks later another kid beat the living daylights out of another student, and guess what the boy got charged with a class A assualt charge(Katie got a class C) but this kid only got suspended for two days. See my whole point is that punishment is deserved, my daughter needed to be punished,(not to this extent but still punished) but you better dang well make sure the same punishment happens to the rest. Jackbox you are correct in what liberals believe, they are the posion of our lives. The fluffy cuddly give everyone a trophy does not work. Reward the kids that work hard, put in the extra effort and maybe the ones left sitting there at the school awards programs that did not get anyting will work harder next time. When you give everyone a trophy that only sends a message to the ones who would work hard, they don't have to because they would get one anyway. I am one of the grounded people out there, and trust me under normal circumstances I would of laughed at my daughter when she told me she got in trouble and told her good I hope she learned a lesson and just in case you didn't you are grounded. That would of been my response had the punishment not been so servere. Do you realize had she stolen something, sold drugs, brought a weapon to school, or thrown a desk at a teacher, her punishment would of been the same or maybe less than having a scuffle with a girl. See where this is just messed up.
laselva
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February 24, 2011
DawnW- You really do sound like a very good parent and I can relate. I do have kids, both now grown with children of their own. But my son did get us all into hot water when he was 17. He was stopped and ticketed for having unopened beer in the car and being a minor. The beer belonged to his friend's girlfriend, whose dad was a judge and was freaked out about getting arrested - so my son took the fall for them. What this meant is that signals went up as a "troubled youth."

We all had to attend 6 sessions of Family Counseling, and get this, to determine whether he should be taken out of our home in case our family life was considered "hostile or abusive" for the child. We were freaked out that such a minor offense could have such potentially devastating consequences.

Fortunately, we all passed with flying colors, and were even given a pat on the back and kind words from the counselor that we were, "one of the most normal families he'd had to meet with."

On one hand I'm miffed that we had to go through that, and my son was so embarrassed that he put us through it, but on the other, I'm glad there is a system to help out troubled teens. Sometime s you can get caught in the middle though.
DawnW
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February 24, 2011
I want to thank you for your comments, and this is not about complaining about what happened. It is about getting the message out there that the schools need reform. My daughter did mess up she slapped a girl, a girl that had been causing trouble, a girl that was constantly bulling her with name calling, and would get in her face an be rather ugly. A girl that still follows my daughter around, and makes calls her saying she is going to beat her up. A girl that had already been smacked around 2 other times for this same crap. A girl that has real problems and stated on more than one occasion she would like to kill herself. Yet instead of trying to seek professional help for this unstable girl that is seeking unhealthy ways to validate herself, the school is more concerned with passing the butt of discipline elsewhere and not trying to deal with kids. My daughter..are you listening never had discipline problems in her life going all the back to kindergarten. She had never been in trouble. She is graduating a year ahead of her class. She is not some punk ass kid with a history. If she was we wouldn't be doing this blog. What I am saying is: her first time ever to get in trouble leads to this kind of punishment. Do you have kids? Do you know that if your kid fell asleep in class, that they can be given a ticket and go to court and get charged with disturbing the peace between 250-500 fine, which does go on their record and will have to be listed when applying for jobs and colleges. When reviewing job applications I pretty much trash the ones that have that little box checked, I would never think that it could have been some stupid charge from a school and I promise you no one else would think this either. It is when school officials are too lazy to assign a kid detention, or iss, or some other form of punishment, they would rather clog up the court systems with bogus piddly stuff, like slapping someone, sleeping in class, saying a cuss word, kissing a boyfriend/girlfriend. It is about schools assuming too much power among them and not having a watchdog to keep an eye on them and protect our children and their rights. I am not some parent that thinks her kid is little miss innocent. I am a parent that watched a school bulldoze my daughter and there is no way I will allow them to get away with it. I have had teachers contact me and tell me that it was wrong how the school messed her over, and that it is time someone stands up to this kind of stuff. Its sad when teachers believe the administrators need more discipline than the students. It's amazing how many rumors, and secrets, and wrong doings surface about people in a small town, when something like this comes about. I have had politicians and lawmakers contact me over her story. I have had TEA call me and spend hours on my phone explaining to me how the school was in the wrong, and that parents need to wake up and start forming committees to counteract the school. We have lawmakers in session right now saying that this form of courtroom discipline needs to stop. I do not ditch GW school as a whole there are a lot of good teachers and folks there, however it is sorta like our country right now being ran by a lying, self serving, individuals that did not even know the correct procedures when it came to discipline. I am not here to make them look bad, they did that all on their own, the only thing I did was point it out.
laselva
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February 23, 2011
Maybe your daughter isn't either ready or interested in a college degree at the moment. Can you beat that into her - lock her away in her room until she decides to comply? I see an unhappy outcome to all this discipline.

I only mentioned Americorp because we have personal experiences with a few young people, children of friends, who have benefitted greatly from such a program. I have no idea what ACORN has to do with Americorp or Vista -it's just one person's low opinion of anything "Government."

Your daughter will gain new skills and experiences not available in a school setting.—and she’ll also find tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. In addition, full-time members who complete their service can earn and award of $4,725 to pay for college. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.

AmeriCorps works to provide grants to public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor service programs around the country, including hundreds of faith-based and community organizations.

All I'm saying is look into an alternative to the blue prison jumpsuits.

"Find a way to make lemonade out of lemons?" Hey, great help. Thanks for nothing.
Saltpork
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February 22, 2011
Americorp? ACORN for teenagers.

I've read most of your posts concerning the situation you and your daughter find yourselves embroiled in. Many of our educators and educational administrators have sunk to new lows of incompetence in dealing with children.

As parents have failed to discipline their children school personnel have been overwhelmed by the misbehavior exhibited by these children. The response has been an incomprehensible collection of misguided rules and processes and mistakes. Common sense is severely lacking.

Get her through this adversity, find ways to make that lemonaid out of those lemons, get her graduated and on to college and success.

Don't let her become some Americorp dude's "Baby's Momma."
laselva
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February 22, 2011
I agree that it's time to stop complaining about the school and address what's really troubling your daughter. Maybe she needs to get out of that particular school and into something more challenging and creative. The last year of high school IS boring, especially if the student isn't on a college preparation path.

My wife, bored with high school, left one semester early after petitioning for an early graduation (She had completed all the requirements for a diploma). She went on to art school, then fashion design school and never missed the adolescent trappings of football games, sock hops or senior proms.

I don't know you or your daughter (She looks like a nice girl), but acting up is a call for help. If you can't straighten her out now, it'll be years of dead end, destructive behavior until she finds her true self.

Boredom is a major cause of teenage angst (along with peer pressure, boys, etc., etc.) resulting in unacceptable behavior. One of the great things about a program like Americorp is that it gets troubled youth out of their coddled home life and comfort zone, and puts them into more challenging situations. I know plenty of young women and men who have benefitted greatly from something along those lines. I know Americorp is one of the programs being cut because of budget problems, but there are similar private organizations that are available to her also.

Good luck to you and your daughter.

jcfc21
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February 22, 2011
Instead of complaining about the situation, shouldn't you be more concerned about WHY your daughter was put there to begin with? Or is this one of those times where "she didn't do anything"? People like you are the problem with what's wrong with the school system today. Your kid screws up and its someone else's fault. They are not being treated fair. They are made to study and learn on their own. YES BECAUSE THEY SHOWED THAT THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO EXERCISE ANY KIND OF SELF CONTROL! If she would not have gotten into trouble she would be in a regular class. Stop complaining about the system and start being a parent that gives a damn about what your child is doing, who they are with, and how they are behaving around others.