KFDA, a television station in Amarillo, is reporting today on a new "game" being played at local schools in Amarillo. The "ten second fight game" involves students "doing as much damage to another student as possible in ten seconds.
The video of the report is available on teh KFDA website. The transcript of the report appears below.
are being alerted about a dangerous game students are playing in local
schools. Newschannel 10's Stephanae Benson spoke with a parent who son
was a victim of this game and warns other parents to talk to their kids
and look out for signs of violence like unusual bruising on their body.
It's a dangerous game being played at local schools and it could harm your child.
tell me there's a ten second fight game where you do as much as you can
within ten seconds to the other kid." said concerned parent Tamara
Brock whose son was a victim of this violent horseplay.
a phone call to go to the school and when I got here his mouth was
busted open, it was butterflied shut and I had to take him to get
After receiving 8 stitches, Brock was told a fight
started in the cafeteria, that ended in the boys bathroom at Canyon
Intermediate. We're told its a popular place to keep fights out of the
view of teachers and staff. Now that the school is aware, they say they
are taking actions to stop the dangerous game.
monitor the halls, we're gonna monitor the restrooms, we also have
cameras positioned that see the restrooms, we have a camera pointed
towards the restroom, not in the restrooms, so we'll know who goes in
and out." That's according to Alan Cornelius, a Student Services at
Canyon Independent School District.
Both boys involved in the
fight received in school suspension, but Brock says the police should
have been involved because bodily harm was done to her son, but
Cornelius says Texas law says something else.
"The penal code
describes an assault as knowingly or recklessly or intentionally
involving a student in a fight and we have to determine if they were
knowingly or recklessly involved in the fight."
adds anyone who comes forward with information about a fight will
remain anonymous and protected. Brock says she grounded her son for a
month with no TV or music and wants to alert other parents about the
violence they're kids could be facing at school.
"We need to stop this, they have the right to an education and they have the right to be safe at school."
has two sons at Canyon Intermediate and says her sons are not allowed
to go into the bathrooms anymore, she has asked permission that they
only go in the nurses restroom.
"When I was in sixth grade i
took part in bullying a girl and I pray every day that her life turned
out okay because she ended up leaving the school."
As we do in every monthly meeting, we also approved the awarding of a variety of contracts (part 1 and part 2). This month's contracts include contracts for numerous building and technology projects authorized by the 2007 Bond election, and the District's health insurance contract.
House Bill 1 requires the Board to adopt a Resolution regarding the budget and the new State imposed expenditure targets. We are required to adopt a Resolution that we are not meeting the targets, even if, as in Spring Branch, we miss a target because we are spending less on Administration ($3.7 million) than the target.
Death is nothing at all. Whatever we were to each other we still are.
Call me by my only familiar name.
Talk to me in the same easy way you always have. Laugh as we always laughed. Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is as it always was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of your sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well.
Nothing is past.
Nothing has been lost.
One brief moment and all will be
as it was before
We will be one, together, forever.
Regular readers of this blog know that school districts in Texas are facing a significant funding crisis as a result of the limitations imposed in 2006 by House Bill 1.
Today, the House Select Committee on Higher & Public Education Finance held a meeting here in Houston. I provided testimony to this Committee regarding the challenges that continue to face Spring Branch as a result of Robin Hood (Chapter 41) and House Bill 1. You can read the testimony I provided here or by clicking the image below.
Additional information can be found in these prior posts here, here, here, and here.
Students from Stratford and Memorial High Schools took 2nd place in a recent national competition at the Business Professionals of America 2008 National Leadership Conference in Reno, Nevada, May 7-11.
Students from Stratford and Memorial High Schools attended the Business Professionals of America 2008 National Leadership Conference in Reno, Nevada, May 7-11. Seniors
Michelle Mandell, Eric Johnson, Ben Halliday and Steven Pham from
Stratford High School competed in the Small Business Management Team
Event, freshman, Anne Alexander also from Stratford competed in
Entrepreneurship and senior, Young Kim from Memorial competed in
Fundamentals of Accounting.
The Small Business Management Team took 2nd in the nation for their project. They are all members of the Stratford Academy of Finance Program. Young Kim placed 6th in Fundamentals of Accounting.
Professionals of America is a national organization for high school
students preparing for careers in business and information technology.
Congratulations to these students!
Our Board held its monthly workshop meeting tonight. Here's a recap of the issues discussed and actions taken on tonight'sAgenda.
Our first agenda item was a discussion of the District's FY 2009 Budget. We have had 4 meetings on the Budget, so this discussion was very short. The Board will have a second public hearing on the Budget on May 19 at 7:00p. For more information the FY 2009 Budget, see these prior posts here and here.
Our next discussion item involved a presentation by the Homework Task Force that included their recommendations for modifications to the District's homework policy. The Board will continue to discuss this issue at our next several meetings with an eye toward approval of a new policy no later than our July Board meeting.
Next we discussed the District's new staff appraisal system. Significant effort has been made to make the appraisal system uniform and more robust.
We then concluded our meeting with a lengthy conversation on the second readings on the following Board policies: