Students At Risk
In recent weeks the conditions at Fontana Schools have been called into question with Superintendent Boozer at the helm and this problem seems to be trickling down into each school. At Southridge Middle School it is well known by the teachers, parents, and students that the atmosphere at the school has deteriorated to near anarchy with the worst ten percent of the students running wild with no repercussions. Principal Jerry Mullins and Vice Principal Karla Brewer have allowed the gang members and drug dealers to exist on campus without fear of any discipline. These administrators have taken the stance, possibly by direction of the Superintendent, that no students should be suspended or expelled for even the most heinous violations of rules and laws. It is well known by the staff that these principals have confiscated drugs and knives from students and returned the students back to class with just a counseling session. The knives disappear and one can only speculate where the drugs end up.
The one place they are not going is to School Police as it appears to be completely taboo to call them to assist in any matters at Southridge Middle. This is possibly a result of Boozers implementation of the “Restorative Justice” program in the district, well that is the trademarked name that employees are not allowed to use, let’s just call it the “no one gets suspended unless you can’t cover it up” program. This is apparent in the repeated threatening of physical violence against teachers at Southridge, resulting in no suspensions or expulsions. While threats may be one thing, the failure goes even further as one of the most violent students on campus actually punched Principal Mullins but he still remains at school to terrorize both the staff and other students. Whether this particular case is a result of Mullins complete inability to discipline students or a direct edict from the Superintendent we may never know. This comes as no surprise as it is well known that Mullins and Brewer will take discipline referrals written by teachers who witnessed a severe rules violation and after “counseling” the offending student they will rewrite the referral with a lesser violation that would not require suspension. The “counseling sessions” are seen as a joke to the students when they openly laugh and talk about how VP Brewer has her bare feet up on her desk and she works on her bunions while she talks to them. This is also the same Vice Principal that openly calls some of the students “my niggas” when she sees them on campus. They then order the office personnel to enter the altered documents into the computer to officially document the lesser violation. This in turn makes the school look as if discipline is not a problem at the school and that he is following the program of no suspensions set down by Ms. Boozer.
Knowledge of the documents being altered and recreated has been brought up to Mullins by the teachers and instead of addressing the problem on a rational level, the principals became defensive and then attacked the teachers who brought it up. Some of the teachers who spoke out about the problem were involuntarily sent to a training class as punishment. Other teachers without tenure were told they would not be returning to the district because they were not good teachers. Evidently Mullins has no problem being vindictive to teachers who question him in a professional manner but when a student tells him to “F**K OFF!” to his face there is no reason to take any action (yes this happened).
The latest move making Southridge even more unsafe is to reduce the number of Physical Education teachers from five to four. The current class size in PE averages 40-50 students which is already a safety concern as one teacher is expected to “teach” this number of students using implements such as baseball bats and hockey sticks. This number of students is hard to manage for even the best teacher but when the bad students know that there are no consequences for their bad actions when they get sent to the Principals office, the situation becomes potentially deadly. While this size of class is a standard in the Fontana School District, without backup from the administration on discipline problems it is a recipe for disaster. Even if the teachers are able to keep a lid on this pressure cooker, nothing can be done about the 200+ students in the locker rooms at the same time with only 1 teacher to supervise. If 1 of the teachers is off for their preparation period that leaves even more areas unsupervised and the dangers to students increased. The reduction in staff will push class numbers even higher and will put our students at even greater risk without supervision of this area.
Whether Mullins and Brewer’s behavior is from their gross inability to deal with behavior problems or they are acting on orders of Superintendent Boozer, Southridge Middle School and the Fontana School District are UNSAFE for students and teachers. Their inability to keep our children safe by not disciplining the predator students not only threatens our children’s education on a daily basis but also their health and well-being..
Students At Risk