Safety in Bellefontaine City Schools

Safety in Bellefontaine City Schools

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Pooh

Cincinnati, OH

#1 Jan 19, 2013
Do you have elementary age children in Bellefontaine City Schools? If so, you may want to continue reading. I, as well as many residents of Bellefontaine, have two children currently attending elementary school. For two years I have argued the policies enforced by our schools. Specifically, the policy on how our children are dismissed each day. Like a herd of sheep, they open the gates and release them into the open field. Optimistically hoping they will return to their rightful Sheppard’s. The school says, this teaches them independence and many parents have complained they shouldn’t have to get out of their vehicles. Does this sound insane to anyone else? May be I’m just crazy, but I doubt it.
My concerns are what will happen if I’m late one day? What if a classmate’s parent kindly offers them a ride home? Or worse, what if someone with bad intentions succeeds in convincing them to go with them? So I voiced my concerns to the principal and the superintendent. The principal’s response,“If it makes you feel better, we’ve never had such an incident.” Both responded,“Our policy is not going to change.” Have you heard the saying,“There’s a first time for everything”? I’m sure most would agree, I don’t want my child to be that first!
After the recent tragedies, you would come to suspect that all schools are reviewing their policies and procedures. However, Bellefontaine City Schools seem to think that theirs are just fine and there is no need for change. I feel very differently, as I hope you may. After an interview on television of a former FBI agent, in which he gave tips of school safety and how all schools need to look into their security; a light bulb went off.
To prove my point of the possible outcome of this policy, I decided to send my brother to the school to pick up my children unannounced. I chose him for a couple of reasons. One, I was sure no one at the school knew who he was because he has never been there before. Two, he’s has more than a dozen tattoos on his neck and arms, piercings in his face, and 1” holes in his ears. Sounds like someone who would be hard to miss in an elementary school setting right? WRONG! Not only did he roam the hall without question, he waited inside the school in front of the office for my children to be released. Guess what happened next? He walked right outside that school with my kindergartener and first grader, without a single word said.
Are you as OUTRAGED as I am? This could have been any one of your children. A predator can walk into our school at any time and harm our children! The one place we are comfortable leaving our children. The one place we thought they were safe.
For those who may be wondering, my children are very smart and they know what to do if approached by a stranger. We remind them of the constant dangers of the world regularly and how to deal with such. With that said, all parents are not as attentive and all children do not listen and learn the same. So the responsibility falls to our schools to insure our children return safely to us each day.
Did you know:
80,000 children are abducted across America each year?
2,185 children are abducted in the US every single day?
In Ohio alone there are 2,000 elementary schools and:
19,000 sex offenders?
5,000 children are abducted into human trafficking each year?
46 children are currently missing in Ohio?
Now, tell me is it to outlandish to think that our schools are not as safe as they would like us to believe? That may be, just maybe we should look into our current policies? I cannot do this alone, please help me keep our children safe. A short call to our superintendent or school could make a huge difference. I know it’s unrealistic to think about every parent trying to pick up every student all at the same time. However, with all the educated people in our school district, I’m sure they could come up with one good idea. Thank you for your time and I appreciate any help with the cause.
Unconcerned

Bellefontaine, OH

#2 Jan 19, 2013
Part of the problem is that some of the upper administration in the district are arrogant enough to think that no one could possibly have ideas that are worthwhile if they don't conform to their own. They are far more concerned with following the policies that they have in place than they are with addressing the worries brought to them by parents of the students that they have sworn service to.

I guess we can't really blame them though since the only thing that the state is concerned with is the test scores. Higher test scores = more funding. It's really that simple.
Joker

Bellefontaine, OH

#3 Jan 19, 2013
With a name like Pooh, maybe the administrators think you don't know SHlT?
Metro

Port Matilda, PA

#4 Jan 20, 2013
Education starts @ home. You say u have taught your children safety. You should. Most children know what 2 do when approached by a stranger. I took
My Grandson to the playground @ Mary Rutan. He ran around having a ball. After about 10 minutes he came 2 me & said"you are watching me 2 make sure nobody tries 2 take me". Sad statement by a 5 yr old.

“"For where your treasure is,"”

Since: Jul 09

Location hidden

#5 Jan 20, 2013
"Pooh" What is your suggestion?
Stan Lee

United States

#6 Jan 20, 2013
So you send your dirty butt brother in?
Pooh wrote:
Do you have elementary age children in Bellefontaine City Schools? If so, you may want to continue reading. I, as well as many residents of Bellefontaine, have two children currently attending elementary school. For two years I have argued the policies enforced by our schools. Specifically, the policy on how our children are dismissed each day. Like a herd of sheep, they open the gates and release them into the open field. Optimistically hoping they will return to their rightful Sheppard’s. The school says, this teaches them independence and many parents have complained they shouldn’t have to get out of their vehicles. Does this sound insane to anyone else? May be I’m just crazy, but I doubt it.
My concerns are what will happen if I’m late one day? What if a classmate’s parent kindly offers them a ride home? Or worse, what if someone with bad intentions succeeds in convincing them to go with them? So I voiced my concerns to the principal and the superintendent. The principal’s response,“If it makes you feel better, we’ve never had such an incident.” Both responded,“Our policy is not going to change.” Have you heard the saying,“There’s a first time for everything”? I’m sure most would agree, I don’t want my child to be that first!
After the recent tragedies, you would come to suspect that all schools are reviewing their policies and procedures. However, Bellefontaine City Schools seem to think that theirs are just fine and there is no need for change. I feel very differently, as I hope you may. After an interview on television of a former FBI agent, in which he gave tips of school safety and how all schools need to look into their security; a light bulb went off.
To prove my point of the possible outcome of this policy, I decided to send my brother to the school to pick up my children unannounced. I chose him for a couple of reasons. One, I was sure no one at the school knew who he was because he has never been there before. Two, he’s has more than a dozen tattoos on his neck and arms, piercings in his face, and 1” holes in his ears. Sounds like someone who would be hard to miss in an elementary school setting right? WRONG! Not only did he roam the hall without question, he waited inside the school in front of the office for my children to be released. Guess what happened next? He walked right outside that school with my kindergartener and first grader, without a single word said.
Are you as OUTRAGED as I am? This could have been any one of your children. A predator can walk into our school at any time and harm our children! The one place we are comfortable leaving our children. The one place we thought they were safe.
For those who may be wondering, my children are very smart and they know what to do if approached by a stranger. We remind them of the constant dangers of the world regularly and how to deal with such. With that said, all parents are not as attentive and all children do not listen
Now, tell me is it to outlandish to think that our schools are not as safe as they would like us to believe? That may be, just maybe we should look into our current policies? I cannot do this alone, please help me keep our children safe. A short call to our superintendent or school could make a huge difference. I know it’s unrealistic to think about every parent trying to pick up every student all at the same time. However, with all the educated people in our school district, I’m sure they could come up with one good idea. Thank you for your time and I appreciate any help with the cause.
Joker

Bellefontaine, OH

#7 Jan 20, 2013
Sounds like Pooh is talking SHlT!
you are stupid

Zanesville, OH

#8 Jan 20, 2013
Joker wrote:
Sounds like Pooh is talking SHlT!
no it's just a sad fact that you and your pathedic thoughts only matter to you.You are the reason people hate this place.Get a life you P.O.S.! Pooh is a fan of the bear you ass backwards moron.The only joke in your life is the one you hold in your hand when you pee or jack off.

“ +IAN, AMERICAN, OHIOAN, BELLE”

Since: Sep 11

Bellefontaine, OH

#9 Jan 20, 2013
Pooh wrote:
Do you have elementary age children in Bellefontaine City Schools? If so, you may want to continue reading. I, as well as many residents of Bellefontaine, have two children currently attending elementary school. For two years I have argued the policies enforced by our schools. Specifically, the policy on how our children are dismissed each day. Like a herd of sheep, they open the gates and release them into the open field. Optimistically hoping they will return to their rightful Sheppard’s. The school says, this teaches them independence and many parents have complained they shouldn’t have to get out of their vehicles. Does this sound insane to anyone else? May be I’m just crazy, but I doubt it.
My concerns are what will happen if I’m late one day? What if a classmate’s parent kindly offers them a ride home? Or worse, what if someone with bad intentions succeeds in convincing them to go with them? So I voiced my concerns to the principal and the superintendent. The principal’s response,“If it makes you feel better, we’ve never had such an incident.” Both responded,“Our policy is not going to change.” Have you heard the saying,“There’s a first time for everything”? I’m sure most would agree, I don’t want my child to be that first!
After the recent tragedies, you would come to suspect that all schools are reviewing their policies and procedures. However, Bellefontaine City Schools seem to think that theirs are just fine and there is no need for change. I feel very differently, as I hope you may. After an interview on television of a former FBI agent, in which he gave tips of school safety and how all schools need to look into their security; a light bulb went off.
To prove my point of the possible outcome of this policy, I decided to send my brother to the school to pick up my children unannounced. I chose him for a couple of reasons. One, I was sure no one at the school knew who he was because he has never been there before. Two, he’s has more than a dozen tattoos on his neck and arms, piercings in his face, and 1” holes in his ears. Sounds like someone who would be hard to miss in an elementary school setting right? WRONG! Not only did he roam the hall without question, he waited inside the school in front of the office for my children to be released. Guess what happened next? He walked right outside that school with my kindergartener and first grader, without a single word said.
Are you as OUTRAGED as I am? This could have been any one of your children. A predator can walk into our school at any time and harm our children! The one place we are comfortable leaving our children. The one place we thought they were safe.
For those who may be wondering, my children are very smart and they know what to do if approached by a stranger. We remind them of the constant dangers of the world regularly and how to deal with such. With that said, all parents are not as attentive and all children do not listen and learn the same. So the responsibility falls to our schools to insure our children return safely to us each day.
Did you know:
80,000 children are abducted across America each year?
2,185 children are abducted in the US every single day?
In Ohio alone there are 2,000 elementary schools and:
19,000 sex offenders?
5,000 children are abducted into human trafficking each year?
46 children are currently missing in Ohio?
I cannot do this alone, please help me keep our children safe. A short call to our superintendent or school could make a huge difference. I know it’s unrealistic to think about every parent trying to pick up every student all at the same time. However, with all the educated people in our school district, I’m sure they could come up with one good idea. Thank you for your time and I appreciate any help with the cause.
Solution:
1. Enroll your little ones at Calvary +ian School.

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#10 Jan 20, 2013
Good idea....then they can teach the young boys how to "symbolically" urinate on women.
Think Again

Miamisburg, OH

#11 Jan 20, 2013
Pooh wrote:
Guess what happened next? He walked right outside that school with my kindergartener and first grader, without a single word said.
Are you as OUTRAGED as I am? This could have been any one of your children. A predator can walk into our school at any time and harm our children! The one place we are comfortable leaving our children. The one place we thought they were safe.
For those who may be wondering, my children are very smart and they know what to do if approached by a stranger. We remind them of the constant dangers of the world regularly and how to deal with such.
I'm sure the school has a policy in which the office should be contacted for any change in the transportation schedule. Did you send a note to, or call, the school letting them know your brother would be picking them up? If not, then your "very smart" kids shouldn't have left with him, regardless of whether or not he was family.

“ +IAN, AMERICAN, OHIOAN, BELLE”

Since: Sep 11

Bellefontaine, OH

#12 Jan 20, 2013
Ethel K wrote:
Good idea....then they can teach the young boys how to "symbolically" urinate on women.
Shame on you.
You are disgraceful & vulgar.

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#13 Jan 20, 2013
DON W SOUTH wrote:
<quoted text>Shame on you.
You are disgraceful & vulgar.
Wait a minute here...shame on me?

I am not the one affiliated with the organization that defaced a women's restroom in that manner.

YOU are.

You are the one who is disgraceful and vulgar....And disgusting and may I add hypocrite to the mix, Nancy?

Now.....my apologies to the OP....I understand your plight. My suggestion would to be, make sure you are there every day when school lets out and keep your eyes fixed on that door for your kids and keep them in your line of sight at all times. If you cannot be there personally, send someone you trust.

My sister and her kids had a "code word" when the kids were younger. It was an unusual word that only the four of them knew in case there was an emergency and she had to send someone out of the ordinary to pick up the kids. The plan was, if the person didn't know the code word, the kids were to run in the other direction as fast as they could, while yelling as loud as they could....I thought that was a great idea, and thankfully, they never had to use it.

Also, there is safety in numbers. I would advise your children to always exit the school with one or more friends and never solo.

“Truth is Good Medicine that ”

Since: May 09

Points out the Lying Tongue

#14 Jan 20, 2013
you are stupid wrote:
<quoted text>no it's just a sad fact that you and your pathedic thoughts only matter to you.You are the reason people hate this place.Get a life you P.O.S.! Pooh is a fan of the bear you ass backwards moron.The only joke in your life is the one you hold in your hand when you pee or jack off.
Get a grip, gowhere, geesh!
Pooh

Cincinnati, OH

#15 Jan 20, 2013
Ok, so just for those wondering (not that it's any concern of this topic) My name is Jennifer Johnson, I hide behind know nickname! That by the way, my father Steven Akers gave me and after he passed everyone continued to call me!

Besides the point, if I would have called ahead that would have defeated the purpose of proving there is no security in our schools! But if I had, my "dirty butt brother" which is weirdly accurate (you must know him) would have been able to pick them up because he's on their emergency pick up list!
Pooh

Cincinnati, OH

#16 Jan 20, 2013
Image wrote:
"Pooh" What is your suggestion?
As for my suggestion, I'm not exactly sure! Believe me I have been racking my brain about this for months! That's my purpose here really! There are many educated teachers, principals, board members, and cummunity members who have got to be able to come up with something right? And trust me if I come up with a good idea I will let it be known! Possibly something as simple as their teacher supervising their pick up, like the principal told me was done with the kindergartners! However my child's kindergarten teacher just tells them to stand in one place and heads back to her classroom! The teachers who are outside with their classes don't know my child or who is picking thim up, thus a unknown male leaves with them and no one even notices! There's gotta be a better way!
animal control

Edison, OH

#17 Jan 20, 2013
Joker wrote:
With a name like Pooh, maybe the administrators think you don't know SHlT?
Ace and Leo

Marysville, OH

#18 Jan 21, 2013
Pooh I don't think you know what you are talking about. I started babysitting for a child. The first day, I had to go into the school office, meet the teacher. Your post says that your brother is on the list to pick up your children, so the school is not in the wrong.
Interesting

Loveland, OH

#19 Jan 21, 2013
I am surprised that any offspring of Steven Akers can put together a lucid thought, let alone care enough to worry about how their child is being taken care of in a public school. The fact is that if your child is not a bus rider, the school has no responsibility for making sure they get to the correct vehicle or walk down the right street on the way home. If you are this concerned, get a job that pays high enough that you can enroll your children in a private school.
Food for thought

United States

#20 Jan 21, 2013
As an experienced teacher and substitute I have seen several schools dismissal procedures, many of which require car riders to wait in the building while staff go out to the car line and call for the students on a walkie talkie. Yes this takes longer, but it is organized and students are safely secure during the process. Walkers are dismissed from a separate area, to reduce foot traffic in the pick up lane. Also, if a parent wishes to pick up a student and walk with them they must go to an assigned staff member who has the approved walker/pick up list. The biggest thing these procedures change is a safer dismissal and a little more time at dismissal.

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