Saturday, April 17, 2010

More on the WLBT story.

WLBT reported on its website today:
" A pair of students from Saint Joseph Catholic School in Madison find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

The two are accused of making some kind of derogatory or threatening comments about the school. Right now, we know the teens were picked up by Madison Police and released.

Investigators say the matter is now in the hands of youth court and the kids are not in school at this time."

Sources in law enforcement told JJ one student made a comment on his Facebook page about blowing up the school. The second student thought he was joking and volunteered to help. The first one has been expelled and the second one's fate has not been decided yet by school officials.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is terrible. St. Joe is a wonderful school. Expel them both for sure.

Anonymous said...

Ah, isn't social networking just the most wonderful thing??

Kingfish said...

Wasn't going to say anything as I heard about this a couple of days ago but WLBT reported the story.

Deanna said...

Good for St. Joe for taking action. Wish Madison County would be this proactive, but they are too afraid of bad publicity.

Anonymous said...

So how many that commented have kids?

I think, as a parent, my first concern is that if it was friends making stupid talk, why are others monitoring it? It appears that the school has no mechanism to deal with troubled students. If they have to rely on the STATE to help, and it appears here, these must be good students; READ: NO CHARGES FILED. Specifics would be inappropriate as they are children. Not so with Robbie.

Second, the school should have kept this in house as they are minors in a private environment. Madison appears to be overstepping its bounds or the school is, again, ill equiped to deal with the situation.

If it was serious, I believe that more would have been said.

As for MCSD, I do not know, but will venture to guess, issues like this get swept a great deal (wanna talk drugs?). With wealth (even if its leveraged) comes a great deal of forgiveness.

I do not support the school making this public. I find it a shame. If the school and the parents can't handle this situation, it tells me the school is ill equipped to deal with real problems.

I pray these children do not have to deal with this situation in the future. Damn, remember the crap you did as a kid?

Anonymous said...

8:54-Yes I am a parent. I don't think this makes St. Joseph look bad. That is YOUR opinion. Of course I was a kid but never made threats toward my school! Kids need to know that it is not okay to make threats against others or the school. Kind of the same way that when a homeowner uses the castle doctrine on an intruder...maybe word will get out to the bad guys that someone will shoot your ass if you invade someone else's home. Other kids need to get the message that it is serious business to make a threat and that there are consequences....I'm sure the parents of these kids are p.o.ed that these brats did this.

Anonymous said...

I agree completely 11:58.

This hardly makes St. Jo look bad. If anything, it affirms the image of a responsibile school that is open and proactive in enforcing school policy. If I had a child at this school (yes, I am a parent) I would have been more upset to learn of this incident after the fact, and basically after it was quietly swept under a rug.

Making threats is no small matter. The sooner you learn that the better. If kids this age haven't been taught that by now (at home), then it's up to someone else to make it clear and enforce a no tolerance policy. Running your mouth is one thing, but threatening lives and property is another.

Anonymous said...

I bet if they check into their backgrounds they will probably find they abuse animals! This is where a law would intervene to keep them from killing innocent people!

Anonymous said...

I bet if they check into their backgrounds they will probably find they abuse animals! This is where a law would intervene to keep them from killing innocent people!

Anonymous said...

I bet if they check into their backgrounds they will probably find they abuse animals! This is where a law would intervene to keep them from killing innocent people!

Anonymous said...

I am a parent, with 4 kids who graduated from St Joe, and I actually read the FB posting that this stems from. My FIRST reaction was that I hoped the police had been notified because it was very Columbine-ish sounding. I knew the school was onto it since the kids were already suspended when I saw the posting.

This did not appear to me to be a joke on the part of either of the boys. It was very specific and over the top threatening. Even my own recent SJ graduates, and the room full of current students who showed the posting to me thought the actions of the school were appropriate. Many of the students even thought the school hadn't gone far enough by simply suspending them.

Anonymous said...

Hook line and sinker. You all took the bait.

Anonymous said...

6:50, if you've got something to say, just say it. A cryptic and mysterious phrase implying "bait was taken" is hardly useful.

If you will read carefully, please note this isn't a fishing blog.

Anonymous said...

Forget Columbine - has everyone forgotten a school in Pearl, Mississippi so soon?

Good for SJs.

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