I've lived in this area for a few years now and it seems there's always sordid stuff comes out of Cleveland. It's like every month there's some child porn perv, a teacher messing with a student, some cop up to weirdness, etc. What is it with that town?
I'm talking about the other magnet schools, like Barger, CSAS, Tyner, etc. Sure, I'm tired of hearing about Normal Park all the time. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater, though. We need to support schools where parents WANT their kids to learn, where parent participation is mandatory, and it's possible to jettison the thugs who wreak havoc. My problem isn't with Thurman saying there's too much attention paid to Normal Park. I tend to agree. It's her hostility to magnet schools in general. Don't skew your view of the magnet schools based on the NP drama. Recognize that there has to be some safe zones with higher standards for families who are dedicated to their children getting a good education, and commit time and effort, but are in the middle of the city, and don't have the cash to go to private schools. Just because Thurman's right on one point doesn't mean she's right on another.
What Thurman doesn't get is that magnet schools are the only viable way for kids living in the city to escape hood/thug/ghetto culture. If "neighborhood schools" were the only option, a lot of kids would just drown in that environment. Soddy Daisy doesn't have to deal with this issue any more than Signal Mountain does, but kids who would have to go to Howard, Orchard Knob, and the like do have to deal with it. They don't have a "flight" option-magnet schools are their "flight". Magnet schools are safe environments where only families that are willing to donate time and effort can go, and thugs can be removed. It may not be politically correct to be honest about why we have magnet schools, but it's true. Something for the caviar set to think about, too.
Alright, gang apologists, the "fascist" police are doing their job. Start your essays on "police brutality" and how we need to give these thugs a hug instead. Give it your best shot. A little change this time, though: this time, could you at least have some real evidence (links, data, etc) that proves that Chattanooga police are "brutal" to these kids? No anecdotes, no "we don't get the full story" BS, just real proof. And sorry, but a couple of pepper spray incidents where the kid was out of control and going aggro don't count...or would you rather that they have hit the kid instead?
I knew this was coming. Eventually, the Hollywood Crips and Bloods wanabees would begin to give way to the Chicago stuff. With these Vice Lords and GD's coming in, better get ready. These are savage animals, and this city should give no quarter.
"Or maybe more like slamming a child's head into a set of lockers and splitting the skin above their eye open, leaving a permanent scar?"
Proof? Data? News link?
"Or darn near strip searching a child."
Proof? Data? News link?
How often does that happen? Not some single example found on Yahoo news, but several incidents locally. Or are you fantasizing to excuse the pathologies of a whole segment of people?
Great, keep thugs in school longer so they'll spread their moral disease to others and wreak havoc in the only sane social setting many kids have now. Now THAT'S an idea.
Another thumb-sucking stopgap measure against general cultural/intellectual decline. Kids can't do anything without being "connected", now, can they?
File this under religious war between primitive tribes.
I think scales would have earned more trust if he had made better choices in hiring. Picking a convicted embezzler as a deputy superintendent was not a good move. Jim Colbert should never have been allowed to serve in this district, but bringing in an old Texas crony was irresistible. It was bad for the district, but good for Colbert. It "rehabilitated" him, and allowed him to move back to TX with a superintendent's job.
If anyone's curious, here's a link to his resignation back in TX before he came here:
And discussion about his "credit card" scandal:
Interesting how no one thought to vet him.