Fountain Hills school board fires longtime elementary teacher, Pam Aister

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Editors Opinion – Yesterday we reported on a student suspended for standing up to a bully.  Today we have a teacher fired for doing the same thing.  Yesterday’s school say that the student should “get an adult” involved.  Apparently that doesn’t work either.  The message of our modern education system seems to be bullying is bad but intervention is worse.

Source – ABC15

FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ – A Fountain Hills elementary school teacher said she took a stand to protect a student and it ended up getting her fired.

Pam Aister said one of her fourth-grade students was being bullied with racist taunts last school year.

“He was called the n-word, ‘monkey’, and ‘coon’,” Aister said of the unidentified student before a school board meeting Friday.

The incident happened in May, when she found a group of students surrounding the boy. She was afraid they were picking on him, so she intervened.

“If you pick on him, you’re picking on me,” she said she told the students.

The students then told their parents.

Aister was accused of telling the group to “shut up,” and saying that she had “heard about” one of the perceived aggressor’s “ugly face.”

Aister denied making such statements. But the district board did not believe her, and said it could not substantiate claims of racist bullying.

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Seven-year-old punished at school for bringing in souvenir shell casing

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Editors Opinion – This is two things in all likelihood.  The first is another example of zero tolerance run a muck.  Right on par with a child suspended for a gun shaped pop tart or considering twirling a pencil making a gun threat!  The second is likely ignorance!  It is likely that the idiots running this school really do believe some how an empty piece of brass can actually pose some sort of threat.  I mean I have had box store employees tell me you can’t bring a propane tank for your grill that you are exchanging inside the store because and I shit you not, “it might blow up”.

As an NRA Member I was at one time sent a replica of a piece of 45 APC ammunition, it was a solid piece of metal with a signature of Charlton Heston engraved on it.  The keys themselves represented a greater threat than this little fob.  Yet it took 10 minutes to convince an airline security person that it wasn’t dangerous and it was okay for it to be on the plane.  Oh by the way, this was BEFORE 9-11, about 1999 if I remember correctly.  So yes likely ignorance and zero tolerance both combine on this one.

The fact is this empty piece of brass posses less of a threat to student safety then the school lunches this place feeds this kids.  This is what happens when people make rules for things they are ignorant about.

Source – Fox4KC

“NORBORNE, Mo. — Sherry Falke  said her seven-year-old son came home from school Tuesday crying hysterically. She thinks the school went overboard with a punishment her son received at s bringing in a souvenir shell casing.

“He felt it in his pocket, and he took it out and was showing some of his friends at school,” Falke explained.

She says her son Zane forgot he left the shell casing in his pocket, a souvenir he received at the 9/11 ceremony from the VFW in Carrollton, given to him and his Cub Scout group.

“The principal proceeded to reprimand him as though he were bringing live ammunition to school. I understand that’s in the policy, in the handbook, that they can’t bring guns to school, I fully support that, but it’s an empty blank casing,” Falke added.

Zane’s teacher took the shell casing, and took him to the principal’s office. Falke says they told Zane he could be suspended from school for 10 days, but instead gave him a silent lunch where he sat by himself, and missed two recesses.

“In today’s society, unfortunately, we do have to be concerned with those types of things in schools,” said Dr. Roger Feagan, the superintendent of the Norborne R-VIII School District.

He says while the shell casing is not a huge deal, the safety and security of students is their number one priority.

“Though this seems minor, if we don’t handle the minor things, they can unfortunately escalate into major things down the road,” added Dr. Feagan.”

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Father Says Son Suspended For Standing Up To Bully

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Editors Opinion – Apparently “we have to stop bullying” means talking about it, not actually doing anything when it is actively going on.

Source http://chicago.cbslocal.com

(CBS) – A father says instead of his son being treated as a hero for preventing a bully from attacking another student, he was suspended.

The Elmwood Park family says they are outraged over the schools decision.

CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports there’s a stir in the halls of Elmwood Park over what happened to Mark Rivera.

“It’s a really small community so I really can’t stand for someone to be bullied in a community it’s so small,” said Mark.

The football player just back after wrapping a suspension for confronting a bully, he says he sat and had a conversation with him before walking away.

“He said some comments so I turned back and I took a step forward,” Rivera said.

That, per the report, was physically assaultive, resulting in a suspension.

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13-Year-Old Gets Detention For Sharing His Lunch With A Friend At School

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Editors Opinion – It is sad that we now live in a time when children are guilted about the excesses in America and told that people are starving and they need to help.  In the same breath they are told “but you can share food with a hungry classmate right across the table from you”.  This is one of the more pathetic examples of idiots running our education system.  I would imagine any reader over 30 shared and traded lunch items in school.

Source http://elitedaily.com

An administrator at Weaverville Elementary School in Weaverville, California, reportedly gave 13-year-old Kyle Bradford detention after the eighth grader shared his lunch with a friend.

The Trinity Alps Unified School District, which includes Weaverville Elementary, prohibits students from sharing food with each other, due to allergy and hygienic concerns.

 

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Student in Military Jacket Prompts Lockdown at Southington School

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Source – http://www.nbcconnecticut.com

JFK Middle School in Southington was on lockdown Tuesday after a student in a military-style jacket prompted concerns from staff members, who called police to report a suspicious person at the school.

The middle school, located at 1071 South Main Street, was placed on lockdown around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said a school employee spotted a suspicious man in the hallway and described him as standing 5 feet 7 inches tall and wearing a green military-type jacket.

The school sent an alert to parents informing them of the incident as officers canvassed the area and searched the school grounds.

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