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Santa Monica High School. Patch file photo.
mimi April 20, 2014 at 12:20 am
So the only stand up teacher in the entire school is Mr. Black? Every teacher except Black isRead More afraid of disgruntled students? You never heard of teachers actually filing incident reports with the police instead of becoming vigilantes? In civilized society, police enforce law and order and teachers educate students.
Tom Jackson April 20, 2014 at 09:16 am
Mimi, people like you are what is wrong with civilized society. Police response is 45 minutes on theRead More average. That's as long as the class period. The teacher had no choice but to respond to this young angry adult. It took the police more than a day to make an arrest how can you think you can rely on the police to keep order in the class room? When I was a student growing up we had respect for the teachers because we knew they had the power to take control of the classroom environment and quickly. In case of a female teacher she simple would go get a male teacher and the matter was resolved instantly. Now in our new civilization the students are not touched and take every advantage to intimidate and even bully some teachers. I know this as a fact as I have two family members that are teachers. Their hands are tied by people like you Mimi that want to falsely believe that every situation can be remedied simply by involving the police. This is a foolish idea and has lead to the collapse of our school system. This kid should have been escorted off campus by his collar and expelled permanently for his behavior in class. Zero tolerance for these hoodlums and anyone else that don't follow simple rules of decency. This angry young adult needs some time in a controlled environment called prison.
mimi April 20, 2014 at 02:31 pm
Having two family members who are teachers definitely qualifies you to be an expert witness on theRead More problems of the public school system. I have two Siamese cats. Does that make me an expert on felines? We do agree that disruptive students should not be permitted to remain in class. We disagree on the civilized way to go about it.
Screenshot of the Facebook page set up to support teacher and coach Mark Black of Santa Monica High School, caught on tape fighting with a student.
Racer Boy April 6, 2014 at 02:13 pm
Sandra Lyon is clearly NOT highly qualified and NOT very wise. If she were, we would not be havingRead More this conversation. If this is the level of professionalism that Santa Monica thinks is appropriate then they are getting exactly what they deserve.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 6, 2014 at 04:45 pm
Hi Mara, Past Patch style is to only capitalize the S. Sorry about the "n" sneaking inRead More there. It's been fixed.
martin marteen April 6, 2014 at 05:29 pm
I am a disinterested person, being new to the community. But it seems, that a preliminaryRead More investigation and preponderance of evidence, would have supported the teacher , and allowed him to stay and do his work, pending full and complete impartial review. This teacher was not endangering the students by being around, even if found "guilty" at the end of the full investigation. What better evidence than the all the students speaking up for him. Alas, Ms Lyon , perhaps, may have reached her position of incompetence and unable to separate the wheat from the chaff. Too bad. Zero tolerance is always a bad idea, when you accuse a four year old boy of sexism and suspend them, as has occurred in other instances. Ridiculous as it seems.
Superintendent Sandra Lyon. Patch file photo.
Val Streit April 6, 2014 at 08:25 am
So it is ok for this kid to be selling drugs in school? The parents need support...please theRead More parents are where the problem starts. Ms. Lyon you made a knee jerk reaction when you did NOT have all the facts. Stop blaming Mr. Black for this. The kid is in the wrong and Mr. Black should not suffer any consequence for this. Even when I went to the laid back hippie Olympic High in 1970, we knew better than to even bring drugs on campus, let alone sell them. I think that the parents should be held accountable and the kid be taken away. Kids today do not have to suffer a consequence for what they do. Parents are afraid of them because there is no physical threat these days that the parents can impose. Keep the kid in Juvenile Hall and let the system deal with him.
Glenn E Grab April 10, 2014 at 09:58 am
this idiot supervisor should be fired
Glenn E Grab April 10, 2014 at 10:07 am
fire Ms Lyons
A judge hearing a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure is hearing final arguments today. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Capo Parent April 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Union tools, and dull ones at that.
shelly April 4, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Capo Parent, Why the name calling?
fact checker April 4, 2014 at 05:23 pm
Because factual and respectful discussions aren't getting the results wanted. It's easier to trashRead More than it is to back up a losing prospect.
Erin Brockovich spoke at UCLA today. Photo Credit: Getty.
Glenn E Grab February 6, 2014 at 09:42 am
apparently she really wanted larger breasts, so she got them
Michael S February 7, 2014 at 07:17 am
Way to show your sexist attitudes, Glenn.
Douglas Quillin February 7, 2014 at 09:58 am
Yeah, Mr. GRAB--what larger breasts?
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Brenda Faucheux November 10, 2013 at 08:17 am
I am sure Common Core will require a learning curve for everyone: parents, teachers, and perhaps theRead More media. It would be helpful for there to be some substance to this article rather than simply throwing up two sets of arguments that don't even match up. People need information to make decisions, and the media should help by providing information. Ms. Crawford, we could use your help in this area. Thank you.
Credit: Roseville Patch
kelleyg23 October 20, 2013 at 06:29 am
I think a solution would be for the kids to do their homework at school and parents can review withRead More them when they get home (if necessary depending on age of child). Extend the school day an extra two hours! Let kid's do their homework and get help there - I get that teachers are only contracted for 6 hours a day but there are other options! And the kids for the most part are still at school until 6. We must update the system - there are lots of options esp using technology and it does not have to cost extra $. Schools are open any ways --and there are lots of unemployed teachers who would love to be paid hourly. My son is definately sleep deprived. And after being at school ALL day last thing he wants to do is MORE school work. I prefer to spend quality time with my children. Enough with the homework! And well there is lots more to say on this subject ---know you are not alone!
The school's homecoming pep rally has been canceled.
Isabel Cristina Puc Farfan October 9, 2013 at 03:42 pm
Although I stand and support principal Mayoral, I do believe the punishment does not fit the crime.Read More Senior year only comes once in a lifetime and this is the year of memories. I do think students should be held accountable for their behavior but not to cancel something so memorable just seems a bit harsh..
Dennis Payne October 10, 2013 at 08:48 am
Good for Ms Mayoral! Parents need to learn how to be parents, and sometimes that means settingRead More boundaries and imposing consequences; this time its by proxy. Quit being scared about making your children mad - they'll get over it.
Mike E. October 15, 2013 at 03:13 pm
It was a pep rally and they were having harmless fun. That's what kids do. Mayoral is anRead More insufferable rule freak. All she's teaching the kids is to rebel and rebel frequently which is always a good thing to learn, because there will always be Mayoral types to deal with in life.