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Ithaca Students Will Be Locked In Classrooms (another liberal education success story)
Finger Lakes News Radio ^ | 2007-10-22 6:28 AM

Posted on 10/22/2007 9:06:49 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

After a week filled with rumors and absences, Ithaca High School has some changes ready for this week, and Ithaca City School District Superintendent Judith Pastel asks that students, parents and staff have patience as everyone adjusts.

The most obvious change students can expect to see will be locked classroom doors once classes start. Pastel said one recommendation that came from the Ithaca Police Department last week was to lock doors at the beginning of every class. Police and school officials are working together to ensure the students' safety. Locking classroom doors at the start of a class will make students more punctual and help identify which students are skipping class outright, Pastel said.

On Friday, an estimated 550 of the 1,600 students in the school missed a full day or up to four periods, Ithaca City School District Superintendent Judith Pastel said. An estimated 700 students were absent on Thursday, following rumors earlier in the week that something violent would occur at the school.

Some parents still intend to keep their children out of school.

“As of right now, I'm not comfortable sending my son back to school,” said Kari Cornell, who is keeping her son out of class. “But I'm so glad to hear that they're starting to take these concerns seriously.”

Cornell, who is a member of Concerned Parents of Caroline, said she wants to see how the district responds to a letter the group sent the district.

“I want a written response from the school district and board members before I'm comfortable sending my son back, and maybe I won't even be comfortable after that,” she said. “I need more than their word. I need to see progress.”

Jerry Achilles, of Enfield, is also keeping his daughter out of class today.

“I agree with the Concerned Parents of Caroline's demands, and I am going to make sure the school district is going to be enforcing these things before I send my daughter back,” he said.

Achilles said he liked the district's move to bring in personnel from the New York State Center for School Safety.

“I think that's good,” he said. “Somebody that's not from the school district needs to be looking into this.”

Achilles and Cornell said they both plan on being at Tuesday's school board meeting and possibly will voice their concerns about safety at the high school.


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Not mentioned in the article is the reason for the absences: continued rumors of race-related attacks between black students and white students.

As everyone at FR should know by know, Ithaca prides itself on being "the most enlightened city in America." Yet, here we are with with a school in lockdown and students afraid to attend.

Another liberal "success story" I guess.

Ithaca is the City of Evil.


1 posted on 10/22/2007 9:06:51 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Um, what if there’s a fire?


2 posted on 10/22/2007 9:08:23 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Our rural school district of less than a 1000 started locking the classroom doors from the inside this year.


3 posted on 10/22/2007 9:09:44 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Slapshot68

I am going to guess this is not really locking students in, but locking out people who are late. It’s NYS law, I believe, that doors in classrooms and such cannot be locked on the inside for just the reason you stated...the need to quickly evacuate in an emergency.


4 posted on 10/22/2007 9:10:50 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the frequently disappointed but ever optimistic Mets fan)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; John Valentine; TLBSHOW; ...
City of Evil bump:


5 posted on 10/22/2007 9:10:56 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Slapshot68

If there’s a fire, being locked will learn them. Learn them good.


6 posted on 10/22/2007 9:11:08 AM PDT by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: Slapshot68

“Um, what if there’s a fire?”

That was my first thought, I think this policy might violate fire code.


7 posted on 10/22/2007 9:11:44 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE ("life is dangerous")
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Are they locking the problem out, or in with them?


8 posted on 10/22/2007 9:12:39 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

What’s the source of all the crime there? Why is locking school doors necessary?


9 posted on 10/22/2007 9:13:28 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Locked doors? Well, I guess if you can’t keep people out you may as well keep them in.


10 posted on 10/22/2007 9:13:38 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (No buy China!!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"...continued rumors of race-related attacks between black students and white students."

What instigated the rumors?

11 posted on 10/22/2007 9:15:22 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Amazingly ignored in the article was the point, thanks for telling us. Marxist news writers like to leave out certain things.


12 posted on 10/22/2007 9:15:55 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

A wag once said that the only difference between prison and school was that in prison, the doors are locked;


13 posted on 10/22/2007 9:16:16 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
"...continued rumors of race-related attacks between black students and white students."

Free the Ithaca Six!

Oh wait, wrong town, sorry.

14 posted on 10/22/2007 9:19:10 AM PDT by -=SoylentSquirrel=-
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To: Slapshot68

15 posted on 10/22/2007 9:19:14 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I’d be yanking my kids out of that school.


16 posted on 10/22/2007 9:19:17 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Fine, as long as the doors open with a push from the inside.

If not, you’ve created a disaster waiting to happen.


17 posted on 10/22/2007 9:20:24 AM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

What was the scare about, did someone draw a stick figure with a gun?


18 posted on 10/22/2007 9:20:49 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Slapshot68
Um, what if there’s a fire?

It will take a few rooms full of children being burned alive for them to reconsider this foolish idea.

I wish I was being sarcastic.

19 posted on 10/22/2007 9:21:42 AM PDT by TChris (Cartels (oil, diamonds, labor) are bad. Free-market competition is good.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
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BENDER: That's very clever sir, but what if there's a fire? I think violating fire codes and endangering the lives of children would be unwise at this juncture in your career, sir.

20 posted on 10/22/2007 9:21:42 AM PDT by lesser_satan (READ MY LIPS: NO NEW RINOS | FRED THOMPSON '08)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

A friend of mine works for the Anaheim Unified School District in Orange County, California. They are doing the same thing at her school.


21 posted on 10/22/2007 9:21:52 AM PDT by Nea Wood (I'm not a bad Christian because I refuse to join you in giving other people's stuff away.)
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To: Nea Wood; Froufrou; Cagey; DaveLoneRanger; wagglebee

ughhhh Get the kids out of government kiddie prison ping!

I’m not sure this fits Moral Absolutes, but thought I’d run it by you Wagglebee.


22 posted on 10/22/2007 9:26:25 AM PDT by Shimmer (Celebrate Southerness Y'all)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
race-related attacks between black students and white students

Can you provide backstory on this?

23 posted on 10/22/2007 9:26:52 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law

14th amendment

It seems to me that in the case of a public high school to which children are compelled on pain of incarceration to attend cannot deprive the students of their "liberty" without at least doing so with "due process of law. "Surely, locking children in a room deprives them of their liberty. And surely, no due process of law has been observed.


24 posted on 10/22/2007 9:29:49 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("I like to legislate. I feel I've done a lot of good." Sen. Robert Byrd)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Board meeting prompts second protest
http://theithacan.org/am/publish/news/200710_Board_meeting_prompts_second_protest.shtml


25 posted on 10/22/2007 9:31:44 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

You vil get an education.

You vil learn.

You vil be good citizens.

You vil follow orders!

You are the property of the state!

Ve know vhat’s good for you!


26 posted on 10/22/2007 9:32:39 AM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
From zip-codes.com for 14850:

White Population: 50,857
Black Population: 2,934

http://tinyurl.com/2pkqqe

27 posted on 10/22/2007 9:33:19 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Epiphany Kearney was spit at, hit, violently threatened and verbally abused with racial slurs

*Someone* had an epiphany...

28 posted on 10/22/2007 9:35:22 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Another “feel-good” liberal response designed to fit the political correctionists’ agenda.


29 posted on 10/22/2007 9:38:34 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Before the government can give you a dollar it must first take it from another American)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Leave to educators to over react. does everyone wear a skirt up there?


30 posted on 10/22/2007 9:45:55 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Democrat, a synonym for Traitor)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

In my very conservative town, all the doors leading to classrooms were locked from the outside. Of course like most public buildings the doors are always open from the inside.


31 posted on 10/22/2007 9:47:32 AM PDT by LukeL
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
A mother is accusing the Ithaca school district of failing to protect her child from threats and racism. The state human rights commission is taking the case to the New York State Supreme Court.

"She was attacked on the school bus. She stepped off the school bus to speak to a friend and someone spat out of the window onto her face,” says Amelia Kearney, the victim’s mom.

"One of the boys held up a sign that said, KKK I hate n****ers…they said they had a gun with her name on it."

After writing letters, emails and making phone calls to the Ithaca School District,Amelia Kearney went to the New York State Division of Human Rights to get help for her daughter.

"This is not the only incident. So many others go unchecked its the bravery of Amelia Kearney that brings this to light today,” says Sarenda Lourdes of the Race Liberation Alliance, ACTION.

http://tinyurl.com/3ar8yw

Assuming the allegations are true, why did Ms. Kearney continue placing her child on that bus, and in that school? Parental neglect is a far bigger contributor to Epiphany's problem than the inaction of some administrator in a far off office.

32 posted on 10/22/2007 9:48:19 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother
does everyone wear a skirt up there?

No. It's too cold much of the year. But they do wear panties.

33 posted on 10/22/2007 9:49:10 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Apart from false imprisonment, kidnapping, and violation of the fire code I can’t see much wrong with this....


34 posted on 10/22/2007 9:49:10 AM PDT by Wil H (Turning $1000 into $100,000 through cattle futures requires the "willing suspension of disbelief")
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To: CT-Freeper

Nothing like breaking a key in a lock because you’re in a hurry.


35 posted on 10/22/2007 9:50:39 AM PDT by wastedyears (I don't wanna grow up, help : /)
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Public Education Ping

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36 posted on 10/22/2007 9:54:00 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. If you want on/off this list, please freepmail me. The main Homeschool Ping List by DaveLoneRanger handles the homeschool-specific articles. This is becoming a fairly high volume list.
37 posted on 10/22/2007 9:54:51 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Slapshot68

I believe that this violates fire codes; not sure though.


38 posted on 10/22/2007 9:56:09 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: TChris
It will take a few rooms full of children being burned alive for them to reconsider this foolish idea.

I wish I was being sarcastic.

I'm not being sarcastic: I remember reading that in Saudi Arabia (or was it Afghanistan??) two or three years ago, a girls' school caught on fire, but the religious police locked the doors and prevented the students from getting out because some of them were not "properly" covered. The Ithaca school committee should dig out some old news stories before locking any classroom doors.

39 posted on 10/22/2007 9:56:37 AM PDT by Freedom_no_exceptions (No actual, intended, or imminent victim = no crime. No exceptions.)
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To: coloradan

Just like in Saudi Arabia.


40 posted on 10/22/2007 9:56:43 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: nathanbedford

” “Surely, locking children in a room deprives them of their liberty. And surely, no due process of law has been observed.”

Those under age of 21 are treated as third class citizens. It is the only group in the US who have no rights, only responsibilities.


41 posted on 10/22/2007 10:04:46 AM PDT by monday
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

“You there! Yes, you. The ducks. That’s right, you. Sit, ducks, sit!”


42 posted on 10/22/2007 10:06:05 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: VeniVidiVici
"if you can’t keep people out you may as well keep them in.

That's the concept that worked so well for the USSR for more than 70 years.
No wonder leftists find the idea so appealing.

43 posted on 10/22/2007 10:06:32 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.)
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To: NativeNewYorker

I can tell you first hand from someone who had 2 sisters go to Cornell, this place is evil. They have been poisoned.

I asked sister #1, a lawyer, to comment on the matter and she simply said, “its for the common good”

Good grief!


44 posted on 10/22/2007 10:09:16 AM PDT by SubmarineNuke (To the Sea I shall return)
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To: garyhope

Vee haff many vaysssss to make you comply.


45 posted on 10/22/2007 10:09:33 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Mr. President and Congress: This is OUR country and don't you forget it!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Police and school officials are working together to ensure the students' safety.

Two groups many of us find hard to take seriously these days. Their tandem performances are a sorry sight to behold.

46 posted on 10/22/2007 10:10:22 AM PDT by relictele
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

MY old high school often gets mixed up with the juvenile detention center or the prison that is a ways up from there. Being locked into the classroom would have made it feel like a real prison.


47 posted on 10/22/2007 10:12:51 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: monday

“It is the only group in the US who have no rights, only responsibilities.”

THAT is funny.


48 posted on 10/22/2007 10:16:36 AM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: SubmarineNuke

I lived in the city of evil for 5 years in the 70s. I remember State Street before the Commons was built. It is so sad to see what’s happened to the place.


49 posted on 10/22/2007 10:17:33 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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Addressing fire concerns and not any particular individuals:

Most folks lock their house doors at night, right? How does this protect you from fire in your sleep??? Why do you lock your house doors at all? (to prevent break-ins)

I would think that a locked door during the day when people are up and about is a much safer practice than at night when people are asleep and more likely not to notice smoke or fire.

Secondly, since kids getting shot and killed is a more likely prospect than having the school burn down all at once, locked doors are infinately more protective than unlocked doors.

But, to set the record strait, I personally am one of those parents who prefers homeschool over forced incarceration (disguised term being ‘compulsory education). BUT, most parents can’t be bothered with homeschool as they have more important things to do with their time, and some do have to put some bread and butter on the table.

However, I do sincerely commend the parents in the OP piece for taking a proactive stance on behalf of their children.

pl


50 posted on 10/22/2007 10:23:54 AM PDT by PrairieLady2
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