Victims Of The Blackboard Jungle

Richard A Whitenight rum.runner at JUNO.COM
Wed Apr 20 15:43:43 MDT 2005


Forwarded from Hannity at YahooGroups.  Michelle Malkin is a contributor
to the FOX News Channel
April 20, 2005
Victims Of The Blackboard Jungle
By: Michelle Malkin

The horror that happened at Mifflin High School in Columbus, Ohio, is
happening in public schools everywhere. While the names and ages of the
young victims vary, one thing is constant across the country: spineless
education bureaucrats more concerned about covering their hides than
protecting innocent children from harm.
On March 9, according to press reports, a developmentally disabled girl
told Mifflin school officials that four boys dragged her into the school
auditorium, punched her in the head and face, pushed her to her knees,
and forced her to have oral sex with two of them. A crowd of students
watched, and one student videotaped the incident. The 16-year-old girl's
lip was bloodied in the alleged gang attack; dazed and crying, her face
swollen, she reported the assault immediately to her special education
teacher, Lisa Upshaw-Haider.

One monstrosity was piled upon another. When the girl's father, who had
been summoned to the school by the teacher, insisted on calling police,
an assistant principal twice urged him not to call 911, according to
Upshaw-Haider. Assistant Principal Rick Watson implored the girl's father
to call the non-emergency police line instead of 911, a violation of Ohio
state law, because "a news channel might tape his daughter and cause her
further mental trauma," according to his statement to school
investigators.
Meanwhile, according to witnesses, the school's principal, Regina
Crenshaw, shuttered herself in a meeting about bell schedules and
curriculum for a half-hour while underlings scrambled to perform damage
control.

Cover your ears, cower in a classroom, and pray that the media stay out
of it. It's all about the children, right?
Witness statements revealed that none of the administrators bothered to
call a nurse to assist the girl. Only after the girl's father called
police himself did law enforcement come to the scene. By the time the
cops arrived, all of the administrators had gone home for the day.

The principal is now in the process of being fired. The animals accused
of assaulting the victim were suspended and may face criminal charges.
But two of three assistant principals, including alleged cover-up man
Rick Watson, are protesting their measly suspensions over the incident as
"unwarranted." Worried as ever about his own hide, Watson said through a
lawyer that he hoped to be "spared the public ordeal of a full hearing."

What about the girl's ordeal? As is frequently the case in these
situations, this was probably not the first time the disabled student was
attacked. Police are investigating claims that she had been previously
assaulted on a school bus, and that boys had tried to disrobe her at
school.

Public-school Pollyannas will dismiss the Mifflin High School horror
story as an isolated case. Open your eyes. Smell the stench. It's in your
neighborhood.

The New York Post reported recently that assaulted or sexually abused
students and staff members collected $6.9 million in negligence claims
against the New York City school system in fiscal 2004, an 18 percent
increase in payouts over the previous fiscal year. The largest
settlement, $1 million, was awarded to a Bronx high school student whose
classmates stabbed him in the head with a screwdriver. The school had
refused his mother's request for a safety transfer before the assault.

In my home county, Montgomery County, Md., a local government report
revealed that nearly 12,000 children ages 12 to 17 are bullied, abused or
robbed by peers and others. Of that number, more than 1,000 are victims
of sexual assaults. The school system, which is not required to inform
police of these crimes, has been bombarded with complaints by parents
that school officials ignored the victims or downplayed sexual assaults,
including a number of incidents involving young girls attacked on local
school buses.
These are heart-stopping nightmares every parent fears. You send your
children to school to learn, not to be assaulted by classmates and abused
by the negligent overseers of Public School Classrooms Gone Wild. If
these assaults occurred in private schools, the institutions would be
shut down. Instead, the government dance of the lemons continues, as
abominable administrators skip away with "sensitivity training,"
"reassignment," and eternal protection from accountability.
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