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Danger on Diamond Ranch High School campus

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Thomas Manning

Ontario, CA

#1 May 2, 2008
There are serious problems on the campus of Diamond Ranch High School of the Pomona Unified School District. This past Thusday afternoon a fight started with several students. The problems spilled over into Friday all day. There was a large law enforcement presence on campus all day with air support.

We the parents were not informed until Friday afternoon by e-mail. The district could have alerted us by phone, but chose "not to alarm us" and sent e-mails, knowing most parents were at work.

The Pomona School District still chooses to protect its reputation rather than first alerting the parents and keeping our children safe. We parents are the last to know what is happening to our children on the campus, it is only when our children come home and tell us what happen do we know the truth.

Since the district directs parents' request for a full disclosure to the Pomona police and their attorney, falsely citing confidentially laws. Parent have a right to know if their children are safe and Pomona Unified policy is provide mis-information first and protect the reputation of our only academically performing high school.

The safety of our children is being compromised by the lack of action by the district. Parent are being denied information first hand to make their individual decisions regarding their children. The Pomona Unified School District and it's attorneys fail to get it.

When they notify us after our children are seriouly injured or worst yet killed!

Concerned parents must act now to protect our children. The need to pursue legal remedy is here join me!

(e-mail to the school)
Ms. Principe

My daughter informed me that there was serious trouble on the campus starting Thursday afternoon. I just received open my e-mails and found the message from you delivered at 1:45 p.m. This concerns me in that we are notified of the problem the next day in the afternoon. The district has the ability to telephone parents of every scheduled event instantly by phone and yet we received no call.

Approximately one year ago, as you are aware, another serious incident took place on the campus and we, parents, have yet to be given the full factual detail regarding that incident. The district sent my letter to their attorney and directed him to respond. I have received nothing to date from the district that gives me information regarding the safety of my child during that incident.

So here we are again with my daughter's and every student's safety threatened and the story my daughter and her friends have told me are significantly different from what you are stating in your e-mail. I have heard that a large police present was on campus and the streets all day with along with air support. I understand that guns and knives were present on campus and there was racial tension between African American students and Mexican American students. My daughter witnessed these two groups in large numbers faced off in the teachers parking lot this morning. She then hurriedly left the area. She is concerned for her safety and that of her friends, in both groups, and all the students.

My daughter left the school this afternoon with a medical emergency and again saw police on campus and on the street.

I along with all the parents want to know if our children are safe and what is happening on the campus. My cell phone is on call me.

My daughter and the classmates are studying for the test in AP statistics on Tuesday and they were just given the text books for the exam from the district on Friday. What are the facts regarding this problem.

Thomas Manning
student

Upland, CA

#2 May 3, 2008
to all teachers and parents, this school is no better than any other HS in Pomona, just because we sit on a hill top doesnt make us the best school in Pomona. There are so many drugs floating around campus its not even funny, honestly, I say out of every ten students six of them either have, know, where to get any drug of choice. As for our saftey lol...one way in one way out lol. Teachers, they dont care, point blank...they dont care. Being privatley funded doesnt make our school the best in Pomona, its a joke.....lol
HACREW

Long Beach, CA

#3 May 5, 2008
DIAMOND RANCH...HAHA P***YS....GAREY HIGH U KNOW!!!!
Dumb Mom

AOL

#4 May 6, 2008
Ok lady, Maybe you need to move because you seem worried about something you cant help. There has been Mexican Vs Black beef ever since I went to a PUSD school, and it dosnt look like anything will change soon.
This is nothing new in Pomona, and you are just mad that it finally happened on Diamond Dusts campus, Diamond Dust isnt any better than other school in Pomona, just cause it was build on a hill and looks like a prison dosnt make its education any better. In pomona, there is black vs mexican beef, and Diamond Dust, last time I checked was in PUSD.
Nothing New

AOL

#5 May 6, 2008
This kind of situation is nothing new to PUSD high schools.
Nothing better to do

AOL

#6 May 6, 2008
Manning, do you have nothing better to do than get involved in teenage politics? Kids are kids, and the type of mediation needed cant rectify the bigger Mexican Vs Black problem. Its been going on for years now. You might be better off moving.
Concerned Parent

San Francisco, CA

#7 May 9, 2008
According to my son, who knows all the parties involved, this was not a race riot. This was a disagreement between two kids who just happened to be Mexican and black from opposing sides. The disagreement was not racially motivated. It is sad when things are blown out of proportion. As a parent, I wish I would have had the choice of knowing what was going on. The principal's e mail did come at an inopportune time.
Furified Mother of a Teen

Los Angeles, CA

#8 May 20, 2008
Well to all the teachers and parents, kids should always have the right to go to the nurse if for any reason they do not feeel well, this is not a questioning matter. My child was sent to the office unatended because the teacher did not take the time to write a pass. This is not a laughing atter especially if that same morning your child is hospitalized. Matters at diamond ranch are not being taken care of at all. teachers do not do the best to their ability at that school and expect the world. Like a previous concerned parent wrote these kids are exposed to much more than just your average teen pressure, just because the school sits on a hill does not make it any better. SITUATIONS NEED TO BE HANDLED!!!!
Student

Pomona, CA

#9 Jun 14, 2008
student wrote:
to all teachers and parents, this school is no better than any other HS in Pomona, just because we sit on a hill top doesnt make us the best school in Pomona. There are so many drugs floating around campus its not even funny, honestly, I say out of every ten students six of them either have, know, where to get any drug of choice. As for our saftey lol...one way in one way out lol. Teachers, they dont care, point blank...they dont care. Being privatley funded doesnt make our school the best in Pomona, its a joke.....lol
Quite true for the fact about availibilty of drugs and the use of it in Diamond Ranch. As a student currently attending Diamond Rnch, the years passed through finding that anyone can easily get into the possession of illegal drugs.
RDA

La Puente, CA

#10 Jun 17, 2008
I've taught at Diamond Ranch before, I must say this news is not surprising. The priority of the DRHS administrators, and any public school administrator for that matter, is to save their own butts in a situation such as this. This idea is, of course, broadcast down from the top, from the district itself. The whole mantra about "caring about student learning, providing quality education...etc." is simply a facade. This is a district that is headed by a superintendent who once told teachers during an in-service meeting that one of the biggest priorities of the district is marketing itself to attract more affluent suburban families.
As a school in itself, Diamond Ranch do exhibit qualities of an academically high performing school. However it is also riddled with many problems that you're likely to find in a low-performing urban school such as higher levels of student violence, possession and usage of illegal drugs on campus, student delinquency, and bureaucratic corruption. I don't know if this is due to the fact that DRHS is in the Pomona Unified School District, a district with a great number of low-performing high schools. The administrator of DRHS always loved to compared DRHS to other academically high performing high schools around the area such as Diamond Bar High ,Walnut High, etc. But the bottom line is DRHS is not Diamond Bar High or Walnut High, and instead of trying to market DRHS to " Asian" families because Asian kids are supposedly " smarter and can score higher on tests"(this was actually discussed during a teacher in-service meeting), DRHS administrators and the district itself should put more effort into improving the education experiences for current students.
SAD

Ontario, CA

#12 Aug 26, 2008
I also have taught at DRHS and come to the same conclusions. Diamond Ranch has been in a downward trend for some time. A lack of control of the students, a lack of real leadership guidance to new teachers (APís coming into a new or an experienced teachers classrooms with an axe to grind), and a real lack of parent control of their own children (in hopes that the teacher teach the child the basic concept of appropriate behavior).
State wide, I see an overall lack of professional leadership, parenting, training, funds, class size, fear of failing a student (it might hurt the school scores and you might lose your job because you didnít give a student an extra month to do a two page paper and the parents donít understand why) is a major cause. This isnít just at DRHS but itís been pretty much common at DRHS
TheTruth

Long Beach, CA

#13 Aug 27, 2008
The Truth is the parents are to blame. If they can't teach their children how to resolve their problems without fighting they should not be pointing fingers. Were any of you concerned parents going to run to the school and raise cain? Would that have helped? No it would have only furthered the complications. As for the drug problem I think that is a parent issue as well. Sorry but its The Truth.
student

Kapaa, HI

#14 Oct 2, 2008
As a student, currently attending Diamond Ranch, this is kind of silly to be honest. DR is really no different than other schools, it is certaintly no different than lorbeer (same problems) and is no different than those schools considered so much better such as Diamond Bar or Walnut, trust me im sure many of you have heard of the asian gang related deaths that have taken place at Diamond Bar High the last couple years. The bottom line is that no school is perfect and DR is no exception. I agree with the parent who said that you'd be better off moving. This is true, however, then you will have a whole new set of problems at your child's new school. In the long run it may not be worth it.
PARENT

Placentia, CA

#15 Oct 17, 2008
THIS SCHOOL IS A JOKE THE ADMINISTRATION LACK OF SKILLS AND MAKE MATTERS WORST WHEN IT COMES TO RACIAL TENSIONS BOTTOM LINE CAN'T HANDLE KIDS PROBLEMS. THE PRINCIPAL IS DISHONEST AND ALL SHE CARES ABOUT IS HER REPUTATION, SHE LIES ABOUT THE WELL BEING OF THE CHILDREN JUST TOCOVER HERSELF. I MUST TELL YOU THE PRIORITY OF THIS HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS IS TO SAVE THEIR BUTTS INCLUDING THE SUPERINTENDENTS ASSISTANT WHO I MUST SAY HE IS A CLOWN AND CAN'T SOLVE ANY PROBLEMS "THERE ARE WORST FIGHTS IN OTHER POMONA HIGH SCHOOLS THAN THE ONE AT DRHS ON MAY FIRST" AND FAILS TO RESPOND TO THESE TYPE OF SITUATIONS. IF YOUR SON GOES TO THIS "PRION" I MEANT HIGH SCHOOL YOUR BEST BET IS COMPLAINING DIRECTLY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN SACRAMENTO.
Been there

Villa Park, CA

#16 Sep 22, 2009
To those jumping on Mr. Manning, beware. He speaks the truth. By order of the court I am not allowed to tell you all of the facts. DRHS and PUSD are an abomination to education. If you knew what really went on there, you would do as we and at least 7 other families have done since last year, pull your child out now! FYI you must submit a claim to the distrcit within 6 months of an incident or it goes away due to statute limitations. They are too busy covering their own behinds to actually teach at that campus. Still lots of drugs available on campus from what the nieghbor's kid tells me.
student

Chino Hills, CA

#17 Mar 3, 2010
as a student who attentends dr currently and am a junior belive this is all blown out of proptorion. drhs is no differnt than any other high school with the worry of drugs adn fights. if your soo annoyed by it take your child out! i personally choose to spend my time with the right kinds of people adn at parties do the right choices if you child is not capable of making those descions than thats not drhs problem. the child is no longer a child but becomming an adult adn where ever tehy go in life drugs will be sold adn bad infulences will be ther one should make the better choice about the fight it was kinda scary but it was BLOWN OUT OF PROPTIONNNN!! students choose to get involed between two people 's fights soo ya
ex student

Ojai, CA

#18 Mar 7, 2010
diamond ranch is wak!!!! Garey be bombing on them fools!
ex student

Ojai, CA

#19 Mar 7, 2010
all u parents are lame
ex student

Ojai, CA

#20 Mar 7, 2010
my kid was fighting, boohoo, lame parents!!
Reality

Pomona, CA

#21 Mar 8, 2010
SAD wrote:
I also have taught at DRHS and come to the same conclusions. Diamond Ranch has been in a downward trend for some time. A lack of control of the students, a lack of real leadership guidance to new teachers (APís coming into a new or an experienced teachers classrooms with an axe to grind), and a real lack of parent control of their own children (in hopes that the teacher teach the child the basic concept of appropriate behavior).
State wide, I see an overall lack of professional leadership, parenting, training, funds, class size, fear of failing a student (it might hurt the school scores and you might lose your job because you didnít give a student an extra month to do a two page paper and the parents donít understand why) is a major cause. This isnít just at DRHS but itís been pretty much common at DRHS
Many parents never want to take responsibility for the behavior of their kids. Parents, what you see is the product of the morals and character that we have built into our kids' lives. Once children get to high school, things just get more serious.
There are no easy answers except to draw the boundaries to where they should have been at the beginning ...to encompass Phillips Ranch and Eastern Diamond Bar. The infusion of many uneducated and poorly parented products of nearby Pomona schools has damaged the opportunity for the Pomona district to have a sane place for a good number of students. We made the decision years ago to make the sacrifices needed to put our kids through private schools when we found out that the district was going to satisfy the lowest common denominator. Reading these posts ...it's the best thing we ever did. For the families that cannot get their kids out, push the district into a zero tolerance for every bad behavior and weed out those students that do not appreciate what they have. It should be a privilege to attend and to teach at Diamond Ranch.

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