Principal Mack’s letter read, in part, “Remind them that Ridge View is full of caring adults ready to help them resolve disagreements. Bringing weapons onto school property is never the answer. However, if your child makes the choice to do so, they will be recommended for expulsion and charged. We must all work together to keep Ridge View High a safe place for all of our students, employees and visitors.”
That is why violence will continue at RVHS and why students and parents will continue to be fearful. That message smacks of consideration and "consequences" and mealy-mouthed kumbaya. Tell those miscreants to straighten up or get out before they are thrown out.
Similar "nice" words were uttered toward the end of last night's school board meeting.
I'll tell you what's needed. We need one of those Florida sheriffs up here who will lay out exactly what will happen, when weapons are found or used on campus.
Lay it out straight and hard.
"YOU WILL BE EXPELLED. YOU WILL BE CHARGED. YOU WILL BE IN JAIL. YOU WILL WRECK YOUR LIFE BY DUMB ACTIONS."
Unfortunately, there is no one on the board who can speak with such force. If you can't, get someone else to speak for you.
Marq Claxton, R2's Director of Safety & Security, is a retired NYPD detective. The District should turn him loose to lay down the law. However, if you listened to him trying to be politically-correct at last week's Safety Committee meeting, you'll chalk him off.
The District should take the handcuffs off of Claxton and turn him loose.
The article included this: "Gregory wants the district to move forward with a plan for the implementation of metal detectors."
Well, she is the Interim Superintendent. She's in charge of safety and security. Maybe instead of blowing $1,000,000 on that Alert system, the District should have acquired more metal detectors.
Whose idea was it, anyway, to spend (waste) that money on that Alert system?