Zero Intelligence reports on what happened when a middle school girl in Ohio told a school counselor she was being bullied on the school bus. The four bullies accused the victim of threatening to knife them. The victim was suspended for 10 days, even though the bullies’ story was inconsistent.
Two girls came forward and entered statements saying the knife threat incident did not happen. The criminal charge was dismissed by the court before trial. Alicia was still expelled.
Superintendant Dr.Phil Cagwin placed an abeyance on the expulsion, provided Alicia met 6 requirements. These included attending the Butler County Alternative School, receiving psychiatric counseling and receiving an evaluation detailing that Alicia was not a danger to herself or others. Alicia’s mother refused. “There was no way I was going to send her there! Alicia has a difficult time dealing with the cruelties of [Talawanda Middle School] much less put her in a school with major problem children.”
Alicia is now being homeschooled while her parents try to get her readmitted to school. The bullies got off with no punishment.
I think this is plain old administrative incompetence. It’s not that hard to investigate what happened on a school bus and determine who’s the victim and who’s the bully. Now bullies have a field day: They can push around other kids as long as they don’t say the magic words, “knife” or “gun.”
By the way, the comment by “Jewel” is priceless. Her middle-school daughter loves the musical “Chicago.”
Anyway, one of the songs in the movie is called: “They both reached for the gun.” Here is where ludicrous meets the guidance counsellor: Mary was taking notes in English, scribbling them down in the margins – “verb=action” that sort of notation. At some point in the lesson, Mary began to write the words of the song … and this is a truly annoying, horribly fun gay song … Oh YES oh YES they both, oh YES they both oh YES they both reached for, the GUN the GUN the GUN the GUN oh YES they both reached for the gun for the GUN! And yeah, them’s the words, folks. Well, Mary casually tossed her paper away in the trash can after class, and later, the guidance counsellor came in and seeing the paper lying on top of all the other trash, retrieved it, called Mary down to her office and began interrogating her about whether we had guns in the house, and what exactly did she mean by “Verb=Action?”… ignoring all the other grammatical stuff on her paper. Mary did her best to explain that the words of the song were from a musical, but they didn’t believe her, and that they would be investigating her and KEEPING THEIR EYE ON HER! And then the GC filed the paper in her file cabinet. Later, someone falsely accused Mary of bringing a lighter on the bus and attempting to smoke in front of the other students … only one student made this accusation, and that on a day when Mary was home sick in bed. Which is why she wasn’t expelled then and there … but OH, they are KEEPING their EYE on her, you better believe that!
Stupidity explains a lot.