Thursday, May 26, 2011
When wheel-chair bound, students with crutches or otherwise differntly-abled students do not get transferred, it is a logistical nightmare for the school and inadvertently singles out those students with disabilities who are already struggling with adolescence in a hot, overcrowded middle school.
Entire Classes (who are already assigned a certain floor/wing according to grade level) have to be moved off the second floor because is no elevator to the second floor to accomodate a handicapped student who has the audacity to want to take a class with his/her peers. What other school in 2011 has an upper floor without an elevator? Why should a student have to come out of his school district in 2011 away from friends and neighbors on the school bus? A student in a wheelchair can only take classes on the first floor. I am not sure whether cameras have been installed but I can tell you when I was there, there were no cameras in crowded hallways. A few years ago, a gang of students were going through the crowded hallway at Bennett sticking sewing pins into random students arms and then turning around and sticking another student. It would have been good to have some cameras then. 1 teacher to 30 kids does not see everything. In a public school today, security cameras are necessary.
Extra lunch shifts have been added through the years because the size of the cafeteria does not fit enrollment per the fire marshall. I feel sorry for the kids who go there and the employees that have to go there each day. The bathrooms look like something out of a seventies prison movie. "
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 5/26/2011 02:53:00 PM
Hate or History? The Confederate Flag debate is one that comes up from time to time and recently someone wrote a very harsh criticism in the Daily Times regarding anyone flying this flag. With the Eastern Shore being caught in between how do people feel about it in 2011. Is it History or is it a symbol of hate?
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 5/26/2011 11:26:00 AM
If there is one thing I will fight for is the rights of disabled individuals to have a life in whatever they chose to do. If the story of handicapped students not having access to facilities and having to use the bathroom on themselves is true, I will become much more involved in the Bennett Middle discussion. If you know of these issues or have first hand knowledge of it please send me a comment or an email so I can work on this problem.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 5/26/2011 10:29:00 AM
If you watched the video I posted earlier you would see the funding issues the Sheriff's department is currently having. I am not comfortable with any cuts in Law Enforcement budgets and encourage the County to find a way to give them the funds they need to keep us safe. This goes for any local law enforcement, our lives depend on these people and no amount of money should be saved for even one life at risk.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 5/26/2011 09:47:00 AM