Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This Is What We're Dealing With Today

I'm sure this is a weekly occurrence at some schools but it is damned annoying.  I can't stand having the newsvulture vans parked in front of school each day, fanning the flames and needlessly putting some people on edge:
Local law enforcement, Homeland Security, and the FBI are all on alert this week after Rio Americano High School employees discovered threats of a school shooting. The threats warned the violence could happen as early as Tuesday...

Rio Americano Principal Brian Ginter sent parents messages reassuring them about the investigation, stating in one web post: "Safe Schools has done a threat assessment on this situation and feels there is no evidence that it is a credible threat. With that being said, we are still taking it seriously."

It's still unclear who made the threat and why, but the warnings were discovered the same day students mounted a peaceful protest over an incident involving student Dejza Boyd-Tanner. She said a vice principal grabbed her, slammed her against a desk, and took her to the ground. The sheriff's department said the student started the confrontation, and the administrator was just trying to restrain her. Students at the protest objected to Boyd-Tanner's suspension, but investigators can't say if the threats of a shooting were related.
Teachers are reporting large numbers of absences in their first classes of the day so the bad guys have succeeded in disrupting school for days.  I told kids that instruction, quizzes, and tests will go on as planned in my classes and their absence from instruction will not get them out of any assessment.

A former student of mine is subbing today.  A few months ago he was in West Africa in the Peace Corps but had to come home because of the ebola breakout.  Of course all the local news outlets wanted to interview him, and this morning (as I was commenting on the newsvulture trucks out front) he told me how he got so frustrated with how they reported his story--they would cut/paste from the interview to give the spin that they wanted, whether or not it was what he was saying--that he eventually told them he'd do no more such interviews; the only format to which he'd agree was to sit down in a studio live and tell and tell his story.  Of course none of them took him up on his offer.


pseudotsuga said...

No child left behind becomes no opportunity to make money from a "crisis" left alone...
I have to wonder at a world in which this event is worth the money spent to cover it for days and days. Newsvultures indeed.

Auntie Ann said...

I've seen the vultures in action, and they really do seem to pick a spin at random and then go all out to shade events to fit.

Of course, the spin is rarely really random, it usually fits into the preconceived notions of the leftist media.

The case I saw was a simple real-estate issue (which was just whether a developer who *wrote* the HOA should be able to *violate* the HOA when convenient to him,) but which was spun as a fight between the wealthy against the poor. I was always grateful that no one in the disagreement was of a different race, or it would have been blown up into a racial incident.

Anonymous said...

we dealt with an on campus armed suspect my second or third week at college. none of us were scared, we were kept well informed, and law enforcement handled it. even for those of us who live on campus, none of us skipped school or went home.
man up kids, its a big scary world out there, learn to deal with it.