New school programs will target drugs, violence

There are 18 comments on the Press-Republican story from Feb 18, 2009, titled New school programs will target drugs, violence. In it, Press-Republican reports that:

Area educators will start a new initiative next month designed to ensure students attend safe schools that promote their social and emotional health.

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giants 1

United States

#1 May 4, 2009
its about time. the kids have to learn the rights and wrongs before they get into serious trouble. hopefuly they wont be called rats for protecting their friends, family and themselves. maybe the church should be involved.

Since: Jan 08

Ticonderoga, NY

#2 May 4, 2009
Wouldn't it be nicer if the PARENTS did their jobs? Instead, the taxpayers have to support program after program to do things for them. Very sad.
parent

Cobleskill, NY

#3 May 4, 2009
sometimes kids are more comfortable talking to someone besides their parents about certain things. i think this is a great step. i just hope it gets followed thru...
idea

Cobleskill, NY

#4 May 4, 2009
our kids need anger mangement in this school! SOmeone should look into mandatory counseling for those who are starting fights, Or those who are involved in bullying.
HUH

Lake George, NY

#5 May 4, 2009
idea wrote:
our kids need anger mangement in this school! SOmeone should look into mandatory counseling for those who are starting fights, Or those who are involved in bullying.
I totally agree, especially when it starts in the lower grades, kids bullying and picking on others.The worst part is when a teacher is told, and HE does nothing or tells the young child that he does not care. This gives the child a complex. Come on Moriah Elementary teachers, listen to these children!!!!!!!!!!
idea

Cobleskill, NY

#6 May 4, 2009
I had told my child in the third grade to tell the teacher she was being picked on by another student. The next day she came home crying because the teacher told her she was too old to tattle .....should I have told her to hit the child who was shoving her in line everyday? I really thought I was doing the right thing, but it turns out....the teachers don't want to be bothered.
Spirit

Lake George, NY

#7 May 5, 2009
Parents need to report bullying themselves to the teachers and the administration of the schools.Never should a child of any age be told they are too old to tattle.Nor should they be "picked on" by staff or other students for reporting bullying.Bullying needs to stop..
Seriously

Cobleskill, NY

#8 May 5, 2009
Unfortunately bullying will never stop....how can you expect the kids to act apropriately when the Adults don't even know how to..as for drug and booze abuse, they better get started...there was a child who went to school yesterday drunk and high...failed a sobriety test in the am....where were this childs parents....? I wonder sometimes why I should be surprised by this behavior...and yet I am...In case noone has realized....there is a problem amoung our youth...why do these kids think it's so cool to behave this way? How many will actually "outgrow" it..how many will grow into it?
Spirit

Lake George, NY

#9 May 5, 2009
Obviously the child drunk and/or high in the a.m. has a problem with substance abuse.Unfortunately I believe this sort of situation will continue as long as the ADULTS allow it.Whether it be the parents,school administrators,law enforcement or the county DA they all need to stand united to combat this issue.I am not saying we need throw all the offenders in jail but we need to get the message across there will be ZERO tolerance.Far too many will look the other way with the attitude that we all did it when we were younger and that it will never stop so why try now to do anything about it.Prevention,intervention and rehabilitation does work a heck of a lot better than jail time for offenders.Yet some offenders refuse to stay clean and sober and not work the programs available and those may need some jail time to get the message.
same as it ever was

Saint Paul, MN

#10 May 5, 2009
Exactly! Not to mention the TIME that is taken away from their academic studies to try to "fix" the Problems. It's not fair to the good kids who are trying to get an education.
TiRes wrote:
Wouldn't it be nicer if the PARENTS did their jobs? Instead, the taxpayers have to support program after program to do things for them. Very sad.
yes

Cobleskill, NY

#11 May 5, 2009
Spirit wrote:
Obviously the child drunk and/or high in the a.m. has a problem with substance abuse.Unfortunately I believe this sort of situation will continue as long as the ADULTS allow it.Whether it be the parents,school administrators,law enforcement or the county DA they all need to stand united to combat this issue.I am not saying we need throw all the offenders in jail but we need to get the message across there will be ZERO tolerance.Far too many will look the other way with the attitude that we all did it when we were younger and that it will never stop so why try now to do anything about it.Prevention,intervention and rehabilitation does work a heck of a lot better than jail time for offenders.Yet some offenders refuse to stay clean and sober and not work the programs available and those may need some jail time to get the message.
Those are good points, this "Communities of One" program will hopefully get more parents involved in prevention earlier in kids lives, and teach them how to help their kids when these problems come up. I think that will help, too many prior programs did not involve parents at all.(Of course there will be some that cannot be "reached")
charlie manson

Schenectady, NY

#12 May 6, 2009
abviuosly the kid was a light weight thats y he got caught
-tat-

Albany, NY

#13 May 18, 2009
its pretty hard to stop kids from doin drugs when the kids complain there is nothing to do in ti and all the cops think there aswome becuse they try to arrest kids for no reason at all and 90 percent of the kids in ti do drugs they might not say they do but they do just every one belives them becuse they play sports and even sum of the teachers do mabye sum one should try helping out the community out first instead of the kids
POPEYE

Lake George, NY

#14 May 18, 2009
It's a poor poor excuse to say you or other kids do drugs because there is nothing else to do in Ti or anywheres else.I know of plenty that do not nor do they drink and they don't have anymore activities given to them that isn't available for most others.They have learned they can use their imagination and come up with things to do such as their school work,their sports,their various clubs they are involved in and in their spare time they get together and have fun nights watching movies or just hanging out together.
MaxHeadroom

Pattersonville, NY

#15 May 18, 2009
"when the kids complain there is nothing to do in ti "
So true,
these is no place to fish, hike, bike, swim, play baseball,camp out, visit with friends, climb mountains, visit historic places, ride a horse. No fresh air here, no clean water..Boy the kids in the Herald Tribune fresh air program must have sooo glad to get back to the Bronx..-Max
good point

Henderson, NV

#16 May 18, 2009
Go straight to the source. "Fixing" the children with one bandaid after another will do nothing in the long run, except spend MORE of your tax dollars.

But alas, this is the country and society that the baby boomers have left us.

When I went to school in Ti, adults drank and drove their cars openly. They held prom parties, including alcohol, openly--and you might be surprised at some of these parent's names. The only kids who got in any real trouble had all the "wrong" names as opposed to the kids with the "right" names. The repeat offenders were sent somewhere else--if they had the wrong name-- while the rest of us got on with the business of education.

However, there was so much more to do within the school that was academically or artistically related to what we did during the day. Field trips at no or little cost. And I mean lots and lots of field trips. Teachers stayed one full period after school; they were required to. During that time you could see a teacher for additional academic help. Many teachers hosted all kinds of structured activities, which would sometimes lead to more field trips, or plays, or a summer music progam, or a independent project. It was terrific for the kids who wanted it, many did, some just went home.

As for the troublemakers, well, we had REAL principals with real principles in those days. They didn't hand you a candy dish and say, "Now we're going to have a teaching moment." What the hell is a teaching moment? Well, I can only speak to what my parents referred to as a teaching moment.(No, no beatings needed!)

Today, as one state regent told me, the money (read: tax dollars) is primarily going to all the wrong places. No truer words were said!!

Thank you so much to the last generation for showing this generation the WRONG way to do so many, many things!!(AND REMEMBER: "Do as I say and not as I do--or did" never has worked.)

And who said there is comfort in the fact that some things never change?!
-tat- wrote:
mabye sum one should try helping out the community out first instead of the kids
-tat-

Albany, NY

#17 May 19, 2009
ya but look at all the kids that do drugs even preps do drugs and they ussaly have things to do its the community that needs help not the kids
Spirit

Lake George, NY

#18 May 19, 2009
-tat- have you even read the article in the paper to know what this program is even about.It is not just for the kids.It is for the benefit of kids by getting them the help and support they may need to combat issues of substance abuse and mental health issues.Doesn't necessarily mean they,the kids have the issues but that it is an issue in their families and the kids are in need of some support.You may not realize how many children and family members may need services of some kind but are turned away due to waiting lists and lack of funds.I believe the philosophy behind this program is to reach out to the community through the children that are exhibiting signs of abuse,neglect and substance abuse that are being seen is schools.

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