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Rolla High School and Rolla school system

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Concerned parent

Foristell, MO

#1 Jan 11, 2013
I have heard about a problem at the Rolla Schools and it concerns me as a parent myself.

It seems there was another school fight. I have heard that the boy was corralled and taken off school property along with about 8-10 other students and was told he was going fight and when he did not fight he was beaten up by 2 of them. One of them being a girl whom the other kids said he needed to fight back that, that is what a real man would do.(what are other parents teaching their children? Where have the values gone?) I heard he chose not to touch her and then another boy 3 times his size jumped in and beat him in the face. The one that was driving the car that took the boy up the road is an adult that graduated from the same school and should have known better. The boy that took the beating looked terrible, blood about his face, clothes and hands from being beat. Possibly a broken nose.

The school has the opportunity to make an example out of the situation and possibly prevent future fights but will chose to go the sweep it under the rug route and pursue lenient 1 day or 3 day suspensions. They should all be expelled except for the boy that was beat and not be allowed in any Rolla public schools. The ones that are 18 or over should be punished by the courts.

I have seen this school system preach about ZERO tolerance only to do nothing meaningful about something like this! Where is the zero tolerance?

I have 3 children in Rolla schools and I am worried that if this is not stopped something like this can and will happen to them.

Maybe if everyone calls or writes in to them they will do something meaningful to stop the violence in our schools!

Star crewse, Levi Plemmons, and the adult driver of the truck that took the boy off property you should be ashamed of yourselves and I hope you are punished accordingly! Expelled from school system, jail, court, etc.

Get these kids out of our schools. They are not looking for an education if they are doing these things!

End the violence NOW!
Call the school and district offices!
ocassional observer

Springfield, MO

#2 Jan 11, 2013
Wasn't there a situation last school year where a girl was beaten and it was also kept quiet?
Rolla Teacher

Rolla, MO

#5 Jan 11, 2013
Concerned parent wrote:
I have heard about a problem at the Rolla Schools and it concerns me as a parent myself.
It seems there was another school fight. I have heard that the boy was corralled and taken off school property along with about 8-10 other students and was told he was going fight and when he did not fight he was beaten up by 2 of them. One of them being a girl whom the other kids said he needed to fight back that, that is what a real man would do.(what are other parents teaching their children? Where have the values gone?) I heard he chose not to touch her and then another boy 3 times his size jumped in and beat him in the face. The one that was driving the car that took the boy up the road is an adult that graduated from the same school and should have known better. The boy that took the beating looked terrible, blood about his face, clothes and hands from being beat. Possibly a broken nose.
The school has the opportunity to make an example out of the situation and possibly prevent future fights but will chose to go the sweep it under the rug route and pursue lenient 1 day or 3 day suspensions. They should all be expelled except for the boy that was beat and not be allowed in any Rolla public schools. The ones that are 18 or over should be punished by the courts.
I have seen this school system preach about ZERO tolerance only to do nothing meaningful about something like this! Where is the zero tolerance?
I have 3 children in Rolla schools and I am worried that if this is not stopped something like this can and will happen to them.
Maybe if everyone calls or writes in to them they will do something meaningful to stop the violence in our schools!
Star crewse, Levi Plemmons, and the adult driver of the truck that took the boy off property you should be ashamed of yourselves and I hope you are punished accordingly! Expelled from school system, jail, court, etc.
Get these kids out of our schools. They are not looking for an education if they are doing these things!
End the violence NOW!
Call the school and district offices!
Your inability to write complete sentences and use proper punctuation and mechanics leaves me confused. However, after reading your post several times, I believe I have figured out that you are dissatisfied with the way a school fight was handled. As a teacher, I can tell you that the school has very little control over what happens away from school property. Since you said a student was corralled by another group of students and taken off school property, I believe the first thing you need to do is contact the high school principal. Before blame can be assigned and punishment doled, it needs to be determined exactly where this incident began, where it finished, who was involved, and whether anything has already been done about it. Also, since one of the people allegedly involved in the fracas is not a student, the victim should contact the police and file an official complaint. Justice can be a lengthy and tiring ordeal, but if the appropriate steps are followed, it will prevail.
Another parent

Rolla, MO

#6 Jan 11, 2013
Rolla teacher,
Your inability to respond without criticism concerns me. You felt you needed to point out punctuation and mechanics before reiterating what 'concerned parent' was saying...and then (I feel) you missed a huge opportunity to share information about how Rolla schools deal with bullying/violence, from a personal perspective. Surely, as a teacher, you see some of what goes on and you see if it is either addressed (and justice prevailing) or dismissed.
The initial letter regards a specific situation, but then suggests that more could/should be done to keep our kids safe. I completely agree that there should be stronger punishment to back up the "No Tolerance" stance that the Rolla school system claims. I personally have no problems with Rolla schools as a whole, but I have heard many stories of bullying and it has been shrugged off and then the bullies come back even stronger. There was a guest speaker who came to RMS one evening last year to talk to parents about bullying (she went to RJH and RMS and spoke with the students earlier in the day). It was sad to see about 20 people in the whole auditorium. There is a lot of talk about the kids who are bullied and what their parents should do, but why don't we put the blame on the bullies? Who are their parents and what are they doing to prevent their children from bullying?
Concerned parent

Foristell, MO

#7 Jan 11, 2013
I was informed that it was being talked about all day at the school. That should be enough to hold them all accountable.

The main statement was that there seem to be no values being taught by teachers anymore.

My grammar was not the purpose of this posting. It seems to me that the teacher that answered condones what was done to the boy and has very little for values his or herself!

Typical Rolla school administration-sweep it under the rug garbage!
eye in the sky

Foristell, MO

#9 Jan 11, 2013
To 'justsaying': You need to have your facts straight. I saw in the hallway, what happened between the 2 of them. No way can that be called 'beat up'. If you don't know what happened, keep your mouth shut!
Franklin

Rolla, MO

#10 Jan 11, 2013
Do not assume that one on this site is who (Rolla teacher) they claim to be. Call school administration and/or the Rolla Police.
Rolla Lady

Foristell, MO

#11 Jan 11, 2013
I have a son that also goes to Rolla High and it is terrible the way these kids treat one another. He gets told at least once a week that he is going to get beat. The principal is not tough enough on these kids to enforce the penalties needed to stop this. He would rather be their friend.
My son knows Levi and he is trouble all the way around.
Yes they need to use this terrible situation to make an example for others to see.
I fear for my son every day but he needs to go to school and I can't afford the alternatives
Parents

Belton, MO

#13 Jan 12, 2013
Another parent wrote:
Rolla teacher,
Your inability to respond without criticism concerns me. You felt you needed to point out punctuation and mechanics before reiterating what 'concerned parent' was saying...and then (I feel) you missed a huge opportunity to share information about how Rolla schools deal with bullying/violence, from a personal perspective. Surely, as a teacher, you see some of what goes on and you see if it is either addressed (and justice prevailing) or dismissed.
The initial letter regards a specific situation, but then suggests that more could/should be done to keep our kids safe. I completely agree that there should be stronger punishment to back up the "No Tolerance" stance that the Rolla school system claims. I personally have no problems with Rolla schools as a whole, but I have heard many stories of bullying and it has been shrugged off and then the bullies come back even stronger. There was a guest speaker who came to RMS one evening last year to talk to parents about bullying (she went to RJH and RMS and spoke with the students earlier in the day). It was sad to see about 20 people in the whole auditorium. There is a lot of talk about the kids who are bullied and what their parents should do, but why don't we put the blame on the bullies? Who are their parents and what are they doing to prevent their children from bullying?
How many students are attending RJHS and RMS? And there were about 20 people in the auditorium?
There is where the problem lies! I sincerely believe that the school has the responsibility to address bullying problems, but a school without the support of it's parent is only treading water.
Parents! Take an interest in the education of your children!
another parent!

Belton, MO

#14 Jan 12, 2013
First of all it starts at home. These kids in the HS have no respect for anyone. I am around these HS kids and let me tell you, the language and disrespect for other people baffle me. My children better never talk like this. As an adult I hear these kids talk about drugs, parties, sex and hear them be absolutely inmature. I understand the school can only do so much but maybe if they were a little more strict on these kids it would help but where are the parents when these kids are doing all the things they do. I've heard several talk about loosing their license already and they are barely 17 and they think its cool and funny. I will say there are many polite and well adjusted kids also and it's not fair to them to have to listen and put up the the other nonsense.
And yes I have talked to the school about these kids and their misbehavior but you have to realize that the school can only do so much. And Saturday school and detention does nothing for them because they are already in the mindset that they don't care. The bullied need to stand up and turn the bullies in. I know that the school system does work if they know who the bully is. My daughter has been subject to this in MS and JH but they have to speak up if they want it to stop. Anyway it all ends up at home. Parents need to teach, preach, and discipline at home and it will improve our school system.
Ummm

United States

#15 Jan 12, 2013
PARENTS…Do your damn job at home. Stop passing the blame to someone else. Punishment is not sending your child to his room where he has every new tech gadget to play with. If you think for one second that your child isn't exposed to bullying, sex, drugs, and alcohol starting at the middle school or even earlier you are sadly mistaken. Do your damn job!!!
Rolla Lady

Foristell, MO

#16 Jan 12, 2013
[QUOTE who="another parent!"]First of all it starts at home. These kids in the HS have no respect for anyone. I am around these HS kids and let me tell you, the language and disrespect for other people baffle me. My children better never talk like this. As an adult I hear these kids talk about drugs, parties, sex and hear them be absolutely inmature. I understand the school can only do so much but maybe if they were a little more strict on these kids it would help but where are the parents when these kids are doing all the things they do. I've heard several talk about loosing their license already and they are barely 17 and they think its cool and funny. I will say there are many polite and well adjusted kids also and it's not fair to them to have to listen and put up the the other nonsense.
And yes I have talked to the school about these kids and their misbehavior but you have to realize that the school can only do so much. And Saturday school and detention does nothing for them because they are already in the mindset that they don't care. The bullied need to stand up and turn the bullies in. I know that the school system does work if they know who the bully is. My daughter has been subject to this in MS and JH but they have to speak up if they want it to stop. Anyway it all ends up at home. Parents need to teach, preach, and discipline at home and it will improve our school system.[/QUOTE]
Yes most of what you say is true. It does start at home but my son hears the language all day at school and comes home using it, gets punished by me every time he uses it but then returns to school the next day and it begins all over again. When asked about what is done at school he says that the teachers,principal and all others just laugh and say we don't do that here. How is that going to stop anything? That does not sound like the school taking a firm stand on anything. They get away with horse-play and bullying! This is not a learning environment but has become a place for parents to send their kids to get rid of them for the day for a free baby-sitter. Kids in day-care are taught morals and supervised better than in our High School.
This is going to go on and on until one of these bullies like Levi kill someone and then the school is going to say "this is the first we heard about it".
Parents need to step-up at home but the schools need to do more!
Ummm

United States

#17 Jan 12, 2013
Ever thought that your child is playing you like a violin? Just because he hears it at school doesn't mean it is ok to say it at home of you tell him it isn't acceptable. It is easy for kids to blame the school for saying F"&? in front of his mom, just like it is easy for you to blame the school. Give me a break! Kids will usually say whatever works in their favor.
Ace

Rolla, MO

#18 Jan 12, 2013
Thirty years ago you could have a fight in school to settle your beef. After the fight both parties involved then let the dispute go. Now these days in a country where everyone is offended about every little thing, you practically have to look around before you do ANYTHING. And with the kids not fighting they build up more and more hate with no outlet to release it. With all the rage students have inside worse things come when they finally bust a top. So the parents that are bitching about something that happened off school property should shut the fuck up and go back to their sheltered whiny kids that are in essence the whole problem. But I suppose my opinions matter not. Im just a student who sees the whole shit unfold... Ignorant people these days.
Rolla Lady

Foristell, MO

#19 Jan 12, 2013
Ace wrote:
Thirty years ago you could have a fight in school to settle your beef. After the fight both parties involved then let the dispute go. Now these days in a country where everyone is offended about every little thing, you practically have to look around before you do ANYTHING. And with the kids not fighting they build up more and more hate with no outlet to release it. With all the rage students have inside worse things come when they finally bust a top. So the parents that are bitching about something that happened off school property should shut the fuck up and go back to their sheltered whiny kids that are in essence the whole problem. But I suppose my opinions matter not. Im just a student who sees the whole shit unfold... Ignorant people these days.
It is kids like you that are the problem! And what values are your parents NOT teaching you!
Rolla Lady

Foristell, MO

#20 Jan 12, 2013
Ummm wrote:
Ever thought that your child is playing you like a violin? Just because he hears it at school doesn't mean it is ok to say it at home of you tell him it isn't acceptable. It is easy for kids to blame the school for saying F"&? in front of his mom, just like it is easy for you to blame the school. Give me a break! Kids will usually say whatever works in their favor.
He does not get away with saying it at home. That is the whole point. It should not be ok at school either.
Kids are there for an education that matters! Not an education in profanity and violence taught by the bullies of the school.
Raw

Rolla, MO

#21 Jan 12, 2013
Rolla Lady wrote:
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It is kids like you that are the problem! And what values are your parents NOT teaching you!
Hmmm, well you have your opinions and I have mine. I wont preach to you since I know you already have your mindset. I will tell you that my parents taught me well, and the difference between right and wrong. I respect those who deserve respect and have earned it. But your somebody who seems like a fun person to drink with... you know because that's all students do in high school apparently.
Rolla Lady

Foristell, MO

#22 Jan 12, 2013
Raw wrote:
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Hmmm, well you have your opinions and I have mine. I wont preach to you since I know you already have your mindset. I will tell you that my parents taught me well, and the difference between right and wrong. I respect those who deserve respect and have earned it. But your somebody who seems like a fun person to drink with... you know because that's all students do in high school apparently.
If all parents taught their kids like you say you were taught then we would not be having this conversation. Also if the schools taught the same and provided the discipline and guidance to the students we would not be having this conversation. The schools are dropping the ball. The principal seems to inexperienced to handle the High School setting.
Killa the compassionate

Bates City, MO

#23 Jan 12, 2013
Were these the 14 year old kids I see smoking across from the school? They don't look like they could lift a book, let alone get into a fight.
Rolla Lady

Foristell, MO

#24 Jan 12, 2013
No but the boy that got beat was about the size of one of them. The one that did the beating is about 190 to 220lbs and 3 times the one that got beat size. Not even a fair fight in my book.

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