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What about it? Socialization in the news.

It was a bad day for local schools in my newspaper the other day.  In the Thursday paper I read these stories:


Highline student charged with violent rape attempt By Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle PI.  A Highline High School student accused of attacking a teen girl with a brick has been charged with attempted rape.

Des Moines teens could face pornography charges by The Associated Press Public school teens at a party shared cell phone video of classmates, and could be prosecuted for child pornography.

Firing at Garfield Stems from Nonexistent Class for Hoop Star By Mason Kelley.  A Seattle Public Schools investigation found that two standout athletes were given passing grades for Spanish despite not doing any work. The incident led to the April 11 firing of Garfield athletic director Jim Valiere.

All three of these incidents were in my local area.

So, the next time someone asks you: "What about socialization?" send them this blog post.



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Comments 1

Guest - J W on Thursday, 12 May 2011 18:30

Yeah... Helloooo... Things have been horribly wrong for decades.

The only reason I wasn't terrified of setting foot in my alma mater (one of the three schools above) was because I knew I stood a good chance of fighting clear of one or more attackers. But not everyone studies martial arts. Can I even describe the terror I felt my first day of junior high, 1981, Littleton Colorado, Deer Creek Junior High? There had been a fatality shooting in 1981 - only a year or two before I was slated to go to that school one former student killed a current student. Yes, the junior high school not far from Columbine High School. Yes, the same Deer Creek Junior High where a former student came back as a grown man and shot students and a teacher in 2009 if I recall correctly. The murderer is only a little younger than I am.

Don't tell me about socialization. My decision to home school was sealed the day those kids died at Columbine, which if things had worked out differently, would have been my alma mater.

Yeah... Helloooo... Things have been horribly wrong for decades. The only reason I wasn't terrified of setting foot in my alma mater (one of the three schools above) was because I knew I stood a good chance of fighting clear of one or more attackers. But not everyone studies martial arts. Can I even describe the terror I felt my first day of junior high, 1981, Littleton Colorado, Deer Creek Junior High? There had been a fatality shooting in 1981 - only a year or two before I was slated to go to that school one former student killed a current student. Yes, the junior high school not far from Columbine High School. Yes, the same Deer Creek Junior High where a former student came back as a grown man and shot students and a teacher in 2009 if I recall correctly. The murderer is only a little younger than I am. Don't tell me about socialization. My decision to home school was sealed the day those kids died at Columbine, which if things had worked out differently, would have been my alma mater.
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