In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews.
Last week's question:
How can schools get a handle on fights on campus? What consequences do you think should be meted out?
DO WE THINK this generation invented fights at school? It has been happening from the first time kids went to at school a thousand years ago. And, it will continue to happen. As long as it's one-on-one and no weapons used, treat it as what it really is -- kids growing up. A little counseling -- stay after school for a couple of hours.
PARENTS NEED TO be held accountable. If their kids cannot be compliant with rules in place and act in an orderly manner, then fine them or expel them.
Either way, it's a financial burden and as soon as you start getting in the parents pockets, behavior will change! Reward the students who do follow rules!
SUSPEND after first fight -- expel after second!
Theresa Peal Hartman
MAKE THEM volunteer together at a children's cancer ward after first offense.
I UNDERSTAND CONCEPT of police presence; however, is this the image we desire? Remove the problems, possibly add a police figure to school (office) so they are readily available.
I grew up in Illinois in a very reputable high school and we had a law enforcement official in plain clothes at school. They took care of business when need be and served as a deterrent to predators and drug pushers. Boils down to funding, parents, parenting and being firm with school and state law
Be real, all those ideas are great but bogged down system. After x amount fights suspend then kick out. Parents huge part of equation. Why should good students, teachers, schools suffer?
CHRISTOPHER HIT the nail on the head. It all starts with the parents and how the kids are raised. If the parents are not concerned how their kids are raised and influenced, nothing you do to the kids will matter.
UNFORTUNATELY, IT APPEARS the only way to reduce serious fights on campus is to have more police on campus.
All gang ghetto hood rats need to be immediately transferred to juvenile hall ASAP.
Other punishments will need to be meted out based on the consequences of the actions involved as determined by the school, not police.
The police should be peacekeepers and peace builders whenever possible. But absolutely no-tolerance with gangs.
DO SOMETHING! Police involvement, suspension, public acknowledgment and humiliation of bullies.
BRING back the paddle!
Marcie J Childress
BY MAKING the kids accountable for their actions and enforcing consequences and rules.
FIRST, CONFLICT MANAGEMENT and peer counseling groups can help prevent fighting. Now if not fighting in self-defense the one who started it should be charged. Both should receive counseling. If both can come to an agreement let them both stay at the school, if not the aggressor should leave. In the case of being bullied and the school knows but does nothing about it then the school should also be liable.
I THINK the question is what can we do, not who should we blame! We can blame parents and other cities but when it comes down to it, we still have to find away to stop it from happening.
SEND 'EM back to Richmond!
This week's question:
Many schools ban cellphones, but some teachers have been relaxing the rules to incorporate cellphones into class lessons. Do you think cellphones should be allowed in the classrooms for learning purposes?
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