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School Violence – Bullying Ignored at Local School in Painesville, OH

posted by Donna Calvin

Watchwoman: FYI: Painesville, OH is located in Lake County where the following story about more school violence originates (and is ignored by the school officials).  Note that Painesville is very close to Chardon in Geauga County, even though they are in two different counties, they are next door neighbors on the map.  And it gets worse.  Look who gets punished! The News-Herald serves both Lake and Geauga Counties.  ▬ Donna Calvin

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The News-Herald – 2/24/2012  

Mom says Heritage Middle School girl asked for help

By Max Reinhart
MReinhart@News-Herald.com
@mreinhartnh

The mother of a Heritage Middle School student said her daughter was recently suspended for fighting — after she tried to go to the principal for help.

Robin Love said her daughter, an eighth-grader in the Painesville School District, had been bullied over the course of about a month by another girl at school.

According to Love, the teen tried to do the responsible thing and spoke with Heritage Principal Tim Oden about five times to remedy the situation.

However, the principal told the student because there was no proof, nothing could be done.  Love said her daughter even went as far as to tell Oden if nothing was done, the two would likely end up in a physical fight.

When the teen’s prediction proved true, she was suspended for 30 days.  Love said not only was her daughter unfairly punished, but the bully got off without being disciplined.  At Love’s request, on Thursday the school board held a special disciplinary review meeting in an executive session closed to the public.

Superintendent Michael Hanlon said because the case involves a student disciplinary measure, he could not share details about  the incident, or the other student involved in the altercation.

However, in open session, the board did vote unanimously to uphold the girl’s suspension.  Separately at the meeting, the board reviewed its policies involving school board members’ rights to enter into school buildings at will.

Board Member Ross Grippi said he would like to see a change to the policy, which mandates board members must contact the superintendant before embarking on a school visit.  “I don’t see any reason why we, as board members, shouldn’t be able to walk in and see how things are being run at our schools without giving Dr. Hanlon a heads up,” Grippi said.  Hanlon said he would review the legality of such a change with the district’s legal counsel and report back to Grippi.  Currently, board members must follow rules for regular visitors — including checking in at the office — when they enter a school.

Source: http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2012/02/24/news/doc4f47179b58abc389881993.txt?viewmode=fullstory

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Monk21

posted March 9, 2012 at 10:48 am


It all comes down to this. Stupidity, laziness
and throwing common sense out the window.



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Fay

posted March 9, 2012 at 9:30 am


Evidently it is difficult for the school officials to be fair and follow laws that govern how the school is to be run along with the fear of lawsuits. Not knowing both students and the full story of what has been transpiring behind the scenes, I cannot objectively comment about the suspension; but I can empathize with the parent of the suspended student if the girl told the Principal five times that there was a problem. For the suspended girl to have to physically fight the other individual seems unfair, yet what types of tools is the school able to teach the students if things like repeated hazing occur even after speaking with the Principal? Until rules and laws that govern situations like hazing, bullying at school are examined more closely, there are going to be situations like the one at Painesville where one student gets suspended and the other doesn’t. For the administrative staff, dealing effectively on a daily basis with teenagers can be daunting at times. These are the years they are forming their identity, dealing with peer pressures plus any underlying issues.

I was wondering what the part about Board Members being only to visit the schools at certain times of the day and having to be announced is all about. It is understandable that school administrators want the teachers and staff to be at their best when visitors come; but maybe having surprise visits from Board Members would help keep everyone on their toes everyday. If there is nothing to hide and staff are doing what they do best, then the need to have Board Members announce their arrival and only come at certain times should be readdressed. Board Members are elected to serve not only the community/students; but the teachers and administrative staff also. Maybe school staff wants to be prepared for Board Members’ visits so that everyones’ presence and demeanor is one of utmost respect; but if the Board Members have families and they are highly educated, then it would seem that the school administrators plus the student would need to be welcoming the Board Members to visit even unannounced. It helps keep the check and balances in line on all sides. If there are discrepancies in regards to policy handling or behaviors from students plus staff, then it is in everyones’ best interest that the Board Members make unannounced visits. It may help instill better behaviors amongst the students. At least it would be something to try since mediation between students is not answering all the needs of all the students in regards to bullying, hazing or fights.



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katherine rogers

posted March 2, 2012 at 9:05 am


as a teacher and momand granmother i thought that we were supose to tahke what aour kids tell us as truth and if a students says something then we need to help them not hurt them that is how shotings happen and kids killing themselfs. God would not be pleased with us for leting this happen to his kids



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