Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Norman parents point to 'another Sandusky event'

"The Valentine's Day arrest of a former Norman teacher's aide on a lewd molestation charge has some parents fuming," Randy Ellis reports in The Oklahoman.
Parents say for more than a decade they have warned Norman school administrators and local police about violent and inappropriate conduct toward children by Christopher Ray Flores while he was a teacher's aide at Norman's Wilson Elementary School. They claim their complaints were ignored and covered up.

"You have another Sandusky event," said Norman parent Kristofer Russow, referring to former Penn State University assistant football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky. "The warnings that we put out regarding this individual went completely unheeded."

Flores was charged with lewd molestation Feb. 13 after a relative complained Flores had molested her 9-year-old son.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Only 1 in 5 Americans say high-school graduates prepared for college

According to the latest Rasmussen survey, only 18 percent of likely U.S. voters believe most high school graduates have the skills needed for college.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Pre-K girls wander away from Guthrie school

Two pre-kindergarten students wandered away from a Guthrie elementary school, The Oklahoman reports.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

'These lockdowns scare the children'

A retired schoolteacher, raised back east but now living in Edmond, magnanimously respects the right of poor benighted souls to possess firearms "for hunting and self-protection." But what's interesting for the purposes of this blog is what she says about lockdown drills: 
I've held too many in my career. I've had SWAT team practices in my schools after hours to prepare local police for a mass shooting. Do you know how difficult it is to explain to students that they need to practice hiding in their classrooms from those who possess weapons whose sole purpose is the mass shooting of the innocent? These lockdowns alone scare the children.