Confronting the Ugly

courtesy of Sonia Tapiarz ​I learned this morning that someone drew two swastikas and the n-word on an East Penn school bus yesterday. A passing motorist took a photograph and alerted authorities. The school district issued a press release this afternoon, saying it “denounces and prohibits this type of racial harassment and is in the […]

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Want to Ignite a Culture War?  Use the Bathroom (or Locker Room)

The bathroom wars have sadly come to our schools here in the East Penn School District.   A fight has been raging nationally for over a year now, as opponents of extending civil rights protections to transgender men and women have focused public attention on public bathroom use in places like Texas and North Carolina. […]

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Concern, Maybe Anxiety, but Not Panic

Don’t Panic via photopin (license) Classes resume Monday morning at Emmaus High School, after security concerns led to a lockdown and early dismissal on Thursday and cancelling of classes Friday. As our kids try to return to their normal routines, I urge all parents, students and staff to consider how much damage spreading unsubstantiated rumors […]

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Potential Drawbacks of an SRO

photo credit: Cuffs6 via photopin (license) This is the third of three pieces I will post focusing on the issue of SROs.  The first focused on the decreasing amount of violence in schools and the second on the data showing SROs do not make schools safer.   I was a (casual) hunter when I was […]

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Do SROs Make Schools Safer?

photo credit: The law… via photopin (license) This is the second of three pieces I will post this week focusing on the issue of SROs.  The first focused on the myth of increasing school violence; schools are safer than they’ve been in decades. The East Penn School district administration has asked to hire a school […]

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The Safety Myth

photo credit: sombras con lagrimas adentro via photopin (license) This is the first of three pieces I will post over the next three days focusing on the issue of SROs. The East Penn School district administration has asked to hire a school resource officer (SRO) for Emmaus High School, at a total cost of approximately […]

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