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Old 12-04-2011, 01:02 AM
 
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Bullying has been an issue in D-20 for many years. My now 38 year old daughter was an aide in Eagleview's SPED program when she was a sophomore at Air Academy (she graduated from WPHS in 1992), and saw many of her kids be physically and verbally abused. She reported it, but nothing was done. this was in the late 1980's. Ross McKaskill (sp) was the prinicpal at the time, Then, in 1996-1998, we had our then 12 year old in SPED. He was in the Maroon Pod where he was pushed into lockers, thrown down stairs, hit, punched and also physically and verbally abused. One incident sent him to the hospital. The other boy was charged, but later the charges were dropped. My son is now 27, married and a father himself, but he remembers it well. He was warehoused in the Resource room with Mrs. Chris Peterson until he was expelled because the school wasn't (at that time) able to handle autistic children who had behaviour problems. It was then that we moved back to our home in Divide and took our kids out of Academy District. None of our kids had a good experience in D-20 at all, unfortunately. They fared much better up in Woodland Park where one on one attention was the norm, and SPED was personable and respectuful to our older son. The schools there seemed to really care about the students, unlike D-20. But, that was just our experience, and that was 15+ years ago. Maybe, hopefully, things have changed since then.

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Old 12-04-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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Bullying has been an issue in D-20 for many years. My now 38 year old daughter was an aide in Eagleview's SPED program when she was a sophomore at Air Academy (she graduated from WPHS in 1992), and saw many of her kids be physically and verbally abused. She reported it, but nothing was done. this was in the late 1980's. Ross McKaskill (sp) was the prinicpal at the time, Then, in 1996-1998, we had our then 12 year old in SPED. He was in the Maroon Pod where he was pushed into lockers, thrown down stairs, hit, punched and also physically and verbally abused. One incident sent him to the hospital. The other boy was charged, but later the charges were dropped. My son is now 27, married and a father himself, but he remembers it well. He was warehoused in the Resource room with Mrs. Chris Peterson until he was expelled because the school wasn't (at that time) able to handle autistic children who had behaviour problems. It was then that we moved back to our home in Divide and took our kids out of Academy District. None of our kids had a good experience in D-20 at all, unfortunately. They fared much better up in Woodland Park where one on one attention was the norm, and SPED was personable and respectuful to our older son. The schools there seemed to really care about the students, unlike D-20. But, that was just our experience, and that was 15+ years ago. Maybe, hopefully, things have changed since then.
Marcy, this is a very good post (although I wouldn't post individual names for a variety of reasons) because you clearly demonstrate that bullying can be a widespread problem in a school, or a comparatively minor problem in another school. And while there will always be some degree of bullying in any school (the adults can't watch every student every minute or hear what students are saying all the time), the key is how seriously a faculty and staff consider the bullying issue. And the first step is getting a faculty and staff to stop the mindset of "boys will be boys" or "girls will be girls".

And for those who like to pooh-pooh just how serious bullying can get, let me set up a scenario (and yes, one that really happened in our school before I was principal). A kid was being bullied and was afraid to tell an adult. Out of desperation, he brought a switchblade (which had been in his father's collection of knives) to school. All he was going to do was flash it to scare the bullies...and I believe that was his intent. Fortunately, in class the knife fell out on the floor and a teacher confiscated it. Intent is one thing, but what if the situation had gotten desperate? He might of actually used or the bullies might have grabbed it and used it. He and we were lucky. As it turned out, the whole bullying situation he was facing came out in the open and we were able to stop the bullying of that boy.

So, thanks for your post. You have the right perspective on it.
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