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Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 10:14 pm

Michael Williams understands that what his 9-year-old son said to a few other boys in his fourth-grade class last month was inappropriate. But he never dreamed those poorly chosen words could keep his son out of school for more than a month.

Williams said that’s exactly what has happened since his son was suspended from Pattie Elementary School for two days on Feb. 27 after he uttered what school staff members deemed a “substantive” threat.

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  • Paul Miller posted at 7:14 pm on Thu, Mar 28, 2013.

    Paul Miller Posts: 338

    Silly schools; real families suffering the consequences.

    I'm sure a balance can be found between responsible safety precautions and not lumping an embarrassed fourth-grader in with a broad group that maybe, possibly has some real emotional instability and violent intentions.

  • fatthumb posted at 2:43 pm on Wed, Mar 27, 2013.

    fatthumb Posts: 1

    I have(had) 2 kids at Pattie and bullying has been a problem there for years.[sad]

  • Trentham posted at 1:42 pm on Tue, Mar 26, 2013.

    Trentham Posts: 56

    You must be a PWCPS employee.

    1. "Staff" should not be capitalized in your first sentence. "Sandy Hook" should be.
    2. How 'safe' is a schoolchild whose every word is monitored for breaches of political correctness?
    3. Dang straight they're MY children, which is precisely why mine no longer attend public school. These people need to take a step way the heck back and stop presuming to teach anything other than reading, writing, and arithmetic.
    4. It's spelled "responsibility".

  • MS135 posted at 1:30 pm on Tue, Mar 26, 2013.

    MS135 Posts: 5

    Walabystew - I think your child SHOULD be suspended for imitating a terrorist on the bus and for trying to be dishonest with his teachers. Maybe it's best you're done with PWCS - and your son is somewhere else.

  • sara89 posted at 10:16 am on Tue, Mar 26, 2013.

    sara89 Posts: 2

    Teacher and Staff are taking more precautions ever since what happenend at sandy hook elementary. Just be happy that your children are safe. Teachers are not your babysitters nor are they there to punish YOUR children. You are the parent take some responsablility.

  • RCarter1975 posted at 10:11 am on Tue, Mar 26, 2013.

    RCarter1975 Posts: 1

    Its really sad that kids are getting suspended for verbal threats. but last year when my daughter was is 48" tall and 55 pounds, was dragged across the playground by a girl about 5'3" and her faced slammed into a metal part of the equipment leaving a 6" bruise across her chin, I was told, they were playing and no suspension occurred. So to suspend a child over verbal really ticks me off. The kids being physically abused are not protected in anyway.

  • TuefelHunden posted at 6:22 am on Tue, Mar 26, 2013.

    TuefelHunden Posts: 281

    This only demonstrates the continued incompetence of the PWC School Board as well as the underlings (i.e. Politically Correct Principals and Teachers who truly do not have a clue). These are children under the age of ten years and for the most part have no idea (and in all likelihood no genuine intentions) of actually following through with any perceived threats. I think the entire school board is a joke and I cast shame on anyone who votes to keep them in office. Vote em' out, and if the next bunch pulls the same garbage, vote them out too.

  • tomb posted at 6:57 pm on Mon, Mar 25, 2013.

    tomb Posts: 177

    I agree. Those that won't get fired, or won't resign, will just have to be voted out. The sooner the bettter.

  • tomb posted at 6:55 pm on Mon, Mar 25, 2013.

    tomb Posts: 177

    The School system could use an enema for several weeks. Maybe they will feel fresh and clean inside. They need pay deductions, not pay increases. We, the taxpayers, are tired of this school crap.

  • tomb posted at 6:50 pm on Mon, Mar 25, 2013.

    tomb Posts: 177

    Read the article and note the big LIES. The school system is making up crap in response to their obvious incompetencee. Teachers and PWC School board members need to be fired. Some of the teachers asn Board members responses to questions are irrelevant and have no bearing on the saituation. More need to go -- moral turpitued!!!l

    Not possessing good character.

  • klow posted at 1:35 pm on Mon, Mar 25, 2013.

    klow Posts: 20

    Agree 100%[smile]

  • klow posted at 1:13 pm on Mon, Mar 25, 2013.

    klow Posts: 20

    Wow. I really sympathize with the parents that are dealing with this. I have had more than my share of dealing with one issue or another with the PWC school system.

    I know what they are going through.. What a tragedy for the parents/kids. Its really sad that kids can get suspendered from school for just about anything they say.

    I fault PWC for not hiring enough personnel to review threat assessments so kids can be put back in school expeditiously which is in the childs’ best interest.

  • bugmenot posted at 10:27 am on Mon, Mar 25, 2013.

    bugmenot Posts: 448

    The first thing that we need to do is vote out all the school board members...they are a complete joke.

  • Trentham posted at 9:01 am on Mon, Mar 25, 2013.

    Trentham Posts: 56

    These people are irretrievably stupid and it is only going to get worse.

    Two words - home school. Best decision we ever made.

  • walabystew posted at 8:02 am on Mon, Mar 25, 2013.

    walabystew Posts: 1

    My kid was suspended for imitating Ahkmed the Terrorist - I Kill You on the bus. And then was suspended for gambling for betting a kid he could chew gum without getting caught by the teacher during class...Nothing surprises me. I am done done done with PWC Schools.

  • newsieva posted at 3:48 am on Mon, Mar 25, 2013.

    newsieva Posts: 51

    This is getting totally out of control, isn't it? It's silly actually, it's not like 7 or 9 year olds don't say dumb things. The school shooters were all put on drugs as children, most were bullied and if anything the schools should stop having kids put on these mind altering drugs like Ritalin. That's the root of the problem, not something dumb a little kid would say. Makes for good drama queen gossip in the lounge, but it's destroying the children's self worth and making things a nightmare for the parents. Bring some of these retired teachers back in to educate these younger ones on how to be an example, teach a class, and communication with students.