Town Square for March 7, 2018

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A FIGHT: There was a fight at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School. Cops came in, so of course kids have started posting videos on Facebook that the cops were throwing them around, blah, blah, blah. Don’t act like an idiot and the cops won’t throw you around.

EXPEL THEM: Every single kid who decided to record video of themselves and others taunting the police, along with those in the video refusing to follow orders, and creating chaos, should be charged and expelled, period. You can take the approach of protecting your expulsion and discipline rate and shove it.
Our children and staff deserve to learn in a safe, undisrupted and respectful environment. Props to the teachers, staff, and law enforcement willing to stand in the chaos our current Method of Operations has created and attempt to restore peace in the school. If they are not there to learn and be respectful, send their butts home for good. Period.
Is our children’s, husbands’, wives’, daughters’, sons’, brothers’ and sisters’ harm and lack of education through the disruption being caused worth the slanted numbers you are trying to project? Today was just a warning shot…did you hear it?

PATHETIC: The cops did nothing wrong. A lot of people need to read about a police officer’s rules of engagement. It’s their job to detain anyone that is involved in a hostile environment or situation. People get slammed when they don’t listen. If you don’t want to get slammed, listen and do as you’re told. Don’t resist getting detained. This is pathetic. These cops are doing their jobs.

INSANITY: Staff is not there to put up with these kind of shenanigans. They are taking time from kids that actually come to school to learn and are spending countless hours dealing with this insanity. Parents need to take a stand and take this to the Board of Education. Once something bad happens, it is going to be too late. Some children, if they can’t get their acts together, don’t belong in a school.
A TEACHER’S VIEW: I don’t even know what to say about what happened at my school today. I am shocked and appalled. I never thought I would see violence on this scale with necessary police intervention. I’m wondering what tomorrow is going to bring. I’m wondering how we’re supposed to get through a day of normal instruction after everything that happened. Just from scrolling down my timeline I have seen several videos (shared from people I haven’t seen in years) that were taken by students. One video had 11,000 views. This is what we’re going to be known for. Not our amazing and caring teachers. Not our athletes or honors students. Violence. That will be our reputation. I hope we find a way to cope with the madness of today and somehow make things better. We are better than this.

FEAR: No one should be afraid to go to school…kids or staff. My child crawled out of the cafeteria because someone yelled that there was a gun.

RIGHTS: I understand that everyone has a right to education, but your rights stop when you start to take someone else’s away. If you don’t want to learn and you want to act foolish and interfere with the learning of others, it’s a problem.

DIFFERENT TRAINING: This is why cops don’t need to be in schools. They aren’t trained to deal with children. Children are different from adults, therefore you have to deal with them differently. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t apply. They are the adults, it’s their job to diffuse the situation. The mentality of a police officer is drastically different. They just worry about going home and don’t worry about who gets hurt as long as they go home. School safety officers are trained differently and don’t have that mentality. Slamming a child to the ground is unneccesary.

WITNESSES: My sisters saw it. A fight in the cafeteria got out of control. The staff called the cops, who came in and broke up the fight. Some kids got crazy, claiming police brutality. Some kids say they tried to help, but were really the problem, making it worse. Kids refused to go to class. Cops did nothing wrong.

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