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Ah, there are so many reasons we home school, but this is one I will always standby.Simple fact: generally, sane people paid to take care of your kids don't take care of them the way you would or the way they would their own.
Hey, there's even a scripture about that:
John 10:12: But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
Take care of your own kids and don't be surprised when something bad happens when you put them in the care of others. Just sayin'.
How stupid is that boy that he got off the bus without saying something to the driver?
We can connect some dots here that show a dark side of Gilbert Public Schools: This is the same school, and the same principal, where a parent complaint was manufactured -- apparently because a black teacher had the audacity to touch a white child while the teacher had parent drop-off duty. It's been featured on WesternConnections for many months in the Employee Resource section; it's example one at this link: http://westernconnections.com/manipulatecomplaints.html
There's much more to that story, of course, and it has come out in conjunction with one of the lawsuits filed against GPS for race discrimination. A brief summary is at the following link, General Allegations #43-72: http://westernconnections.com/gladislawsuit.html
Who knows if race came in to consideration when five-year-old Jonathan was "misplaced" by people entrusted with his care at school? Yes, people make mistakes and not all of them are actionable -- in this instance, we're very grateful that little Jonathan was not physically harmed. Even so, we all know that child must have been terrified at being left alone so far away from home. We can expect that it will take time for the emotional toll to subside. Wouldn't it be nice if right now GPS had a reservoir of good will with the community, especially with Jonathan's mother? At Spectrum Elementary, there's reason to doubt the district's comment, "The safety of our students is of the utmost importance" after this small child was "misplaced."
SculptorDad: How stupid are you for your comment? The child is five years old and was probably unaware that there was nobody to meet him at the bus stop. He trusted the adults and the adults let him down.
I don't think it's intentional, but I can understand why she's upset.
Of course it was not intentional. Do you really think that schools do not have STRICT protocols in regards of child safety? There are weekly newsletters reminding parents that they are to notify the school should their afterschool arrangements change. This is just a case of an ignorant parent not taking blame for their own actions.
Oh, I see, they wrote the rules down on a piece of paper and uploaded it into a computer. Then they passed it around over donuts at the staff meeting.
Protocol stops everything. Let the Gaza Strip know, folks! Let's get a Protocol for peace.
That's great. So happy for protocol. The world is safe now.
For too long, GPS has blamed teachers and support staff rather than examine WHY something really happened. It's critical that the board doesn't allow this incident to be blamed on a teacher, so the admins can close the book and call it done. In this case, there had to be a series of errors, but it's hard to understand why the bus driver didn't just take that little guy back to the school rather than leave him alone on a street. The important thing is that GPS must look inward,in in part to determine WHY such things happen under certain leadership -- we know that some of whatever it was rubbed off on a former principal-in-training and followed him to another school.
Maybe it's a feature, not a bug, and that's why teachers and staff get blamed while principals get protected in Gilbert Public Schools.
Are you serious...intentional??? Yes, I'm sure the child was picked out of the entire class because he was black and a conspiracy cooked up. HMMM... I'm sure the school shipped this black child off to a bus stop where he'll be all alone and hope his mother blasts off to the press. Yes, that's makes sense. And I have to agree, this five year old kid doesn't sound too bright. Has the mother instructed him on where he supposed to go after school? Doesn't sound like it. I believe there's more responsiblity on the mother's part than the news is telling us.
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