Editorial: Treat problems with proper care
by Press-Banner
Dec 06, 2010 | 7221 views | 5 5 comments | 577 577 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A vandalism incident at the Scotts Valley High homecoming football game on Nov. 5 has turned into the talk of the town, despite no criminal charges being filed.

It’s hard to get the facts straight about an incident that involves people under 18 years old. In journalism, we have a practice not to publish the names of minors, while school districts and police departments cannot legally release information about them.

This much is clear. Three freshmen girls were suspended from school for three or four days in relation to moving seven St. Francis High football gear bags underneath some showers in the girl’s locker room during halftime. One of the girls turned the showers on causing damage to several cell phones. Three families paid for the damage to cell phones that were in the bags at a cost reported by them to be $1,700. There were no criminal charges filed and the families hoped to chalk it up as a mistake that the girls apologized for, paid their dues for and missed school for.

But the girls are reportedly feeling the backlash at school from some members of the student body and a segment of the community for making the school look bad. And the issue was stirred up again after the Press-Banner published an opinion piece by a lady in community in the Nov. 26 edition (Is drinking on campus really worse than vandalism and theft?) that challenged the idea that the vandalism suspension should be comparable to an alcohol-related suspension.

Alcohol and vandalism are serious problems at any high school. Some parents in Scotts Valley believe alcohol use is worse in Scotts Valley than in other places, but studies have shown that every school faces these issues. Scotts Valley simply has the parent involvement that other districts may not, and stories and passions spread like wildfire.

We’d like to encourage those involved in any situation, including students, school officials and parents to remember that young people make mistakes and then pay for them.

Please take this incident in context: No one was injured, no criminal charges were levied on these students and there seems to be no severe lasting damage. However, by some accounts, some at the school have made them feel like outcasts. Pranks and crimes are mistakes that students make. Parents and students need to realize this, and support these youngsters through their failings.

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anonymous
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December 08, 2010
The step above Silver is take this to the school board. They have the power to get involved if they want to. Past the School board it can be taken to the county or even to the State Board of Education
well said
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December 08, 2010
I agree with the comment posted on Tuesday Dec. 7th by anonymous, but I wonder if there is a independant (of the school administration) review board that hears complaints regarding issues like this? And if not, then why not?
Recombine Districts
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December 07, 2010
remove useless management of Silver. Replace them with a copy of peachtree accounting. Give money to teachers.
anonymous
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December 07, 2010
The real "story" is that there were two incidents at homecoming both involving girls involved in sports programs at the High School. You can argue which was worse but the truth is both broke the law, school regulations and the Falcons sports code of conduct. For one incident the girl was suspended from school activities for 3 months whereas the girls were not. The actual amount of time each were suspended from academics was fair but the actual time suspended from sports and other school related activities is not and nobody at the High School will step up and address the inequalities of the punishment. The school principal claims she doesn't know who wrote the rules nor how to change them and to discuss with the district. The district claims it is a school problem and that they have nothing to do with the rules.

Press Banner - you could at least write about this which is the guts of the story. Ask Susan Silver why the School District has no clue as to how discipline is being metered out at their schools. THAT's THE STORY HERE. Not some girls making mistakes.
anonymous
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December 06, 2010
you missed the whole point of the orginal article!


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