20 Bolingbrook High School students e...

20 Bolingbrook High School students expelled for fighting

There are 265 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 22, 2008, titled 20 Bolingbrook High School students expelled for fighting. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

High School who were involved in a brawl at the school this month have been expelled and advised to attend an alternative high school in Joliet , the Valley View District 365U board decided Friday night.

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cosmo kramer

Jersey City, NJ

#41 Feb 23, 2008
just southern wrote:
<quoted text> ...perhaps you were never white and made to go to school with Blacks... I do not think you can teach blacks anything except violence, nothing else matters to them.
you're all over Topix spewing hate. get a life, loser.
Mike

Hinsdale, IL

#42 Feb 23, 2008
I work in Bolingbrook.

WHAT THE TRIB WON'T TELL YOU (because they are reality BOUND by political correctness and black history month):

The involved parties were ALL blacks.

Reality...

Isn't it REFRESHING?
pebbles

Chicago, IL

#43 Feb 23, 2008
If I were a decent homeowner type in Bolingbrook, I'd be plenty mad about the property value hits I'm probably taking. What is up with this horrible place?
Proud BB Resident

Bolingbrook, IL

#44 Feb 23, 2008
I am always amazed by some of the comments that I read. Some people will always be racist no matter how far we think humanity has come.

And we cannot judge a city by the actions of ignorant individuals. Bolingbrook is a city of 70,000 + people and any city that size will have an element of crime, fighting, hate, etc.... How can people not see that the good will far out-weigh the bad...but the bad is what sells newspapers and keeps us blogging on sites like this.

I think that the school administration has done the right thing to weed out the bad in Bolingbrook High school, but it did take too long to address the problem and that allowed it to grow.

Let's all try to focus on the good that is being accomplished by Bolingbrook! And if you cannot see how far this suburb has come, then you are not looking at the big picture and might just have the same mentality as the kids who got expelled.
Heather

Chicago, IL

#45 Feb 23, 2008
Mike wrote:
I work in Bolingbrook.
WHAT THE TRIB WON'T TELL YOU (because they are reality BOUND by political correctness and black history month):
The involved parties were ALL blacks.
Reality...
Isn't it REFRESHING?
And how on earth do you know this? Hmm? So you work in Bolingbrook - do you hang your sleezy self around the high school, too?
Helo

Romeoville, IL

#46 Feb 23, 2008
the incident at BHS took place last august, most of the teens involved were already trouble makers, the ruling is great, they still have an opportunity to learn, just not at BHS, Bolingbrook has spent alot of money in building a new high school, and do not want to see it destroyed due to teenage angst.

i live in bolingbrook and like this town, don't let the news of one problem turn you into an ignorant human with no understanding of what you do not know.
Proud BB Resident

Bolingbrook, IL

#48 Feb 23, 2008
ms voter wrote:
<quoted text>
you must be the mayor or one of drew's cover up police pals ....
No...I am just a proud resident who uses critical thinking to analyze situations before I spew hate filled comments.
Jacksonville

AOL

#49 Feb 23, 2008
They want the fighting students to attend an "alternative high school" in Joliet?

All I know about Joliet is that it has a Prison.

Is "alternative high school" a new euphemism for Prison?
John A

Evergreen Park, IL

#50 Feb 23, 2008
You_Gotta _be_Kidding_Me wrote:
<quoted text>
Wow ,you and your friends participated in mass brawls involving 20 or more students AT THE HIGH SCHOOL and nobody was expelled.
Interesting school that you attended, I attended a public high school 25 years ago out here in the Western Burbs and there is no question that a mass brawl would have involved expulsions. I guess it all depends on where you grew up and went to school.
Evergreen Park Community High School. All white, if any wondering if race was an issue, which in my opinion shouldn't even be dragged into this.

Back in the day, combatants were rounded up, parents were called, and it was an issue left up to the parents to deal with. The local police were involved a few times, as this would usually occur after a ball game, and they were on the scene already. They helped with breaking it up, rounding up the offenders, and turning them over to mom & dad.

Black eye, fat lip, occasional lost tooth or broken nose. It never made any small local papers, much less a larger metropolitan paper.

This was back when parents still had something resembling parenting skills, and educators still had something called common sense.

marie-chicago

United States

#51 Feb 23, 2008
That is one time I see the punishment fit the crime in the educational system. It's unfortunate adults intervene in children's misunderstandings and they escalate. They should have expelled those students.
John

Chicago, IL

#52 Feb 23, 2008
John A wrote:
<quoted text>
Evergreen Park Community High School. All white, if any wondering if race was an issue, which in my opinion shouldn't even be dragged into this.
Back in the day, combatants were rounded up, parents were called, and it was an issue left up to the parents to deal with. The local police were involved a few times, as this would usually occur after a ball game, and they were on the scene already. They helped with breaking it up, rounding up the offenders, and turning them over to mom & dad.
Black eye, fat lip, occasional lost tooth or broken nose. It never made any small local papers, much less a larger metropolitan paper.
This was back when parents still had something resembling parenting skills, and educators still had something called common sense.
I long for the good ol' days, when all we had to worry about was white trash.
Ben Dover

Bolingbrook, IL

#53 Feb 23, 2008
Jacksonville wrote:
They want the fighting students to attend an "alternative high school" in Joliet?
All I know about Joliet is that it has a Prison.
Is "alternative high school" a new euphemism for Prison?
Might as well be...At least they'll fit in.
ILLINOIS YOUTH CENTER-JOLIET
Address:
#### W MCDONOUGH ST
JOLIET, IL
Contact:
Phone: 815-###-###
District:
CORRECTIONS SCH DIST 428 DEPT OF
Grade Levels: 06 - 12
Institution Type: Public
Charter School: No
Magnet School: No
Title 1 School: No
Locale Type: Mid-Size Central City
Total Teachers: 19
Total Students: 287
Students/Teacher Ratio: 15.1
Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity (K-12):
American Indian/Alsakan Native: 0
Asian/Pacific Islander: 0
Hispanic: 32
Black, non-Hispanic: 220
White, non-Hispanic: 35
ABC123

Downers Grove, IL

#54 Feb 23, 2008
It is what it is.

What's done is done.

It doesn't matter the locale.

It doesn't help to be judgemental and narrow minded.

If you haven't been to the town, you shouldn't diss it.

The race card is a puss excuse.

The fact of the matter was that it took too long for this matter to be fixed.

That's it.
Ed O

United States

#55 Feb 23, 2008
Ben Dover,Schaumburg, IL.
You deserve a triple WHOOHOO for proving Me right.
WHOOHOO!WHOOHOO!WHOOHOO!
Bolingbrook mom

Wayne, IL

#56 Feb 23, 2008
My husband and I have lived in Bolingbrook for 16 years and we have 3 children. We like the diversity of ethnic backgrounds and the cultural differences that are brought to the town. If you watch Bolingbrook Community Television you will see the Power Dance project with white kids, black kids, and all of the other races (and overweight kids) doing hip hop dancing with fantastic choreography. The basketball and football games have kids with remarkable skills and they start young with the award winning park district and the Pop Warner Bolingbrook Trojans football and cheerleading teams that travel around the suburbs and go to nationals in Florida. In every neighborhood is a beautiful playground, paved bike paths and fishing lakes. As for the property values, oh well, We aren't going anywhere, so we aren't worried, plus, everyone's property value is low right now. We have IKEA and the Promenade shopping center. Our taxes keep going down ($300 less this year than last) And now the town is starting construction of a new 3 story public library and a nature center. Fights among the high school kids are going to happen, it's the hormones. At least the school has policies. My kids love their schools, their teachers and their friends. Bolingbrook is a nice town that raises great kids. The schools have a Character education program (six pillars of character). I am starting to wonder how long those students have been living in Bolingbrook.
John A

Evergreen Park, IL

#57 Feb 23, 2008
John wrote:
<quoted text>
I long for the good ol' days, when all we had to worry about was white trash.
yes, and the white trash you are referring to grow up to be construction workers, cops, business men, lawyers, doctors, village trustees, and a notable hockey professional. We all know what happens when you assume ;)
Proud BB Resident

Bolingbrook, IL

#58 Feb 23, 2008
Bolingbrook mom wrote:
My husband and I have lived in Bolingbrook for 16 years and we have 3 children. We like the diversity of ethnic backgrounds and the cultural differences that are brought to the town. If you watch Bolingbrook Community Television you will see the Power Dance project with white kids, black kids, and all of the other races (and overweight kids) doing hip hop dancing with fantastic choreography. The basketball and football games have kids with remarkable skills and they start young with the award winning park district and the Pop Warner Bolingbrook Trojans football and cheerleading teams that travel around the suburbs and go to nationals in Florida. In every neighborhood is a beautiful playground, paved bike paths and fishing lakes. As for the property values, oh well, We aren't going anywhere, so we aren't worried, plus, everyone's property value is low right now. We have IKEA and the Promenade shopping center. Our taxes keep going down ($300 less this year than last) And now the town is starting construction of a new 3 story public library and a nature center. Fights among the high school kids are going to happen, it's the hormones. At least the school has policies. My kids love their schools, their teachers and their friends. Bolingbrook is a nice town that raises great kids. The schools have a Character education program (six pillars of character). I am starting to wonder how long those students have been living in Bolingbrook.
I couldn't have said it better myself!!!
kevin

Waukegan, IL

#59 Feb 23, 2008
have you people don't have a clue!!!!! i went to a chicago public high school in the late 80's early 90's, and brawls broke out what seemed to be every week, but they didn't give up on the kids by kicking them out of school, and setting their developement back years. but since it's starting to happen in the can't do no wrong suburbs, people are in outrage!!!! give me a break. none of the kids were hurt, so how big was the brawl really. smoke and mirrors people. and to the WOW person, don't use this as a forum to give your black and white views please.
Bolingbrook Resident

United States

#60 Feb 23, 2008
ms voter wrote:
the city of boling brook is the slime pit of IL. glad i don't live in that cesspool...pity the voters that do
Well, It's funny how 20 students represent the ENTIRE population of Bolingbrook. It's nothing different from any other school fight except that a parent started it. There's good and bad people everywhere regardless of race.

Let's look at the woman who lit herself on fire along with her kids a couple of months ago. They were from *GASP* Naperville. Or Eric Hansen who murdered his parents and his sister and brother-in-law.

Take your misdirected pity somewhere else, we don't need your comments on this forum.
Bolingbrook Resident

United States

#61 Feb 23, 2008
pebbles wrote:
If I were a decent homeowner type in Bolingbrook, I'd be plenty mad about the property value hits I'm probably taking. What is up with this horrible place?
What's to get mad about?? I live in Bolingbrook and can't see for the life of me how a fight at a high school would have anything to do with lower property values??

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