NYC Schools Disintegrating Under Bloomberg

Suspended students, suspended education

“Yvette got upset and yelled, ‘Don’t touch me!’ She tried to leave but was handcuffed and arrested by another school safety officer. Yvette was taken to the police precinct where she spent seven hours in handcuffs before being released to her mother.”

And I cannot omit from this documentation of school suspensions—in this city where Michael Bloomberg rates himself as “the best mayor ever”—the suspension story of Monica: “One morning, as Monica was entering her Brooklyn middle school, her principal demanded to search her clothing and her belongings as part of an apparently random search. She cooperated as he repeatedly reached his hands into her pockets and then searched her backpack.

“The principal took a bottle of orange juice out of Monica’s backpack and began to yell at her for trying to bring juice into the school—drinks with added sugar are prohibited by DOE policy”—and by our Maximum Dietician, the very caring mayor.

“Monica held onto the bottle, trying to explain that it was a type permitted under the rules. As Monica and her principal tugged on opposite ends of the bottle, Monica was tackled by a group of school safety officers who threw her to the ground, kneeled on her back, and handcuffed her.”

Sure makes you proud to be a New Yorker, right? But this teaching moment was not finished: “Her twin sister, who was not subjected to search, saw the police slam Monica’s head down on the floor. She began crying and begging the police to help her sister up. When she tried to intervene, she, too, was handcuffed.”

Both sisters had more to learn about proper student behavior: “Monica was handcuffed to a table in a broom closet, and her sister was handcuffed in an empty classroom for two hours while their father waited at the security desk to pick them up. Neither Monica nor her sister was asked to write a statement, and neither was charged with a crime.”

How, then, in view of the way these students were treated by the school safety [sic] officers, was there no punishment, or at least a reprimand, of their brutish abusers?

Ask the disciplinarian of us all, the legendary Michael Bloomberg!

The NYCLU’s recommendation to stop this reign of terror includes “mandating positive alternatives to suspensions when appropriate,” and, even more radically, “provide support services for students’ emotional and psychological needs” and, most importantly, “encourage meaningful public input in the discipline process.”

This requires, of course, candid, even high-volume input from students and parents! But first, shouldn’t Mayor Bloomberg sign a witnessed and notarized affidavit agreeing to this democratic mandate? Or, is he, like the CIA, outside the law?

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David C
David C

Bloomberg is a master of deception. He is a Zionist, and when you understand what that means concerning his views on other races, including other white people, then you will begin to understand why the education system is in shambles. It is all part of a larger plan to destroy our country. "Out of chaos, order." Please read, "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion", and you will see what the future holds for us "goyim".

Ejtomson
Ejtomson

Wow, what would I do if my twin brother was abused by bullies. If I had a pistol, I could free my brother,but in NYC only criminals can protect themselves from the police. Mr Hentoff, you are the sanity Mayor of New York. EJ

Clinton_Hill_Cutie
Clinton_Hill_Cutie

"So instead of pointing the finger at racism, why not look and see if blacks cause more trouble in the classroom? If kids are acting like fools, disrupting those trying to learn, then the color of their skin is irrelevant."

I graduated Bergtraum HS in 1996 and we went to a skiing lodge in upstate NY for our Senior Trip. Present at this hotel was my school (predominately black/latino), Fort Hamilton (black/white mix) and Tottenville (almost all white). When my school went to our rooms each night, our hallways had overnight security to make sure we stayed in our rooms. Meanwhile the kids from Tottenville, with basically no supervision, drank alcohol, smoked cigarettes and threw bed mattresses out of the windows. This is a true story. Until the deviant behaviour of white kids is persistently punished as that of black kids, then the color of skin will be irrelevant.

We live in a city where 600,000 Black and latino men get stopped and frisked annually with less than 8% being summonsed or arrested. Yet we ALL know that locales such as Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Red Hook and the Upper West Side aren't derelect of drug activity. Get the picture!

The Other 1
The Other 1

They should try fixing Special Ed. first, and start with all those "superb" educators @ 400 1st avenue...The person who SHOULD be in charge there is the Mail Room Supervisor!!! He knows more about Students then anyone who's been in the 8th floor office in the last 10 years...

sgredrabbit
sgredrabbit

Boorberg is a tragedy for New York City. I for one would like to know which corporate cronies will get the privatization charter contracts for the closed public schools. Or which real estate developers will get to convert these buildings into luxury condos.

Ambrosia
Ambrosia

Bloombucks and his liège lady Cathyblack could care less about these school kids. It's all for show. Joel Klein was a disaster and though unmasked as such is still touted as a success. Look at that other imposter, Michelle Rhee, who blatantly lied about how she'd improved the scores of students in Baltimore, and has now backed away from some of claims, but is still held up as an authority. The tragedy is that these children are our FUTURE. Perhaps not the future of billionaires like Bloombucks, but of most Americans. So perhaps New Yorkers will wake up and not ever elect a clown like this man again. You had the chance last time and put him back in office, after his endless footsies with George W. Bush. What more did you need to know or see? The person heading New York City's public school system should be someone who's taught, who knows educational theories, and who is committed to these children. All of them, not just the richest ones. That is not anything that could be said of Klein or Lady Cathyblack, now or ever.

biffula
biffula

"Explain to us, your honor, why “black students, who comprise 33 percent of the student body, served 53 percent of suspensions over the past 10 years. Black students with disabilities represent more than 50 percent of suspended students with disabilities.” These are not typos. Suspensions doubled in the past 10 years." So instead of pointing the finger at racism, why not look and see if blacks cause more trouble in the classroom? If kids are acting like fools, disrupting those trying to learn, then the color of their skin is irrelevant.

eleanormaxwell
eleanormaxwell

Actually, someone has looked. Many people, in fact. Education research has, for years, indicated that students of color are disproportionately punished.

 
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