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2017 WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOL NEWS

THE FOLLOWING HEADLINES ARE SIMILAR TO HEADLINES FROM THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.  THE SAME (OR WORSE) WILL HAPPEN NEXT YEAR! THESE INCIDENTS REPRESENT ONLY A TINY FRACTION OF WHAT REALLY GOES ON IN THE SCHOOLS OF THE SMALL "BIBLE BELT" STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA! MANY OTHER SERIOUS INCIDENTS ARE NOT MADE PUBLIC.

SADLY, WHAT HAPPENED TO THESE CHILDREN CANNOT BE CHANGED. DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THE CHANCE THAT YOUR CHILD WILL MAKE IT UNHARMED? EVEN IF A SERIOUS EVENT DOES NOT SHATTER YOUR CHILD, THERE IS NO WAY TO AVOID EXPOSING YOUR CHILD TO THINGS THAT WILL HARM HIM/HER EMOTIONALLY, MENTALLY, AND/OR SPIRITUALLY.

If you think that your school is an exception you are willingly blind.

THERE IS AN URGENT NEED TO GET OUR CHILDREN TO THE SAFETY OF HOMESCHOOLS OR CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS. THE DANGER OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS CONVINCED A LOT OF NON-CHRISTIANS TO ABANDON THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. CHRISTIANS HAVE THE BIBLICAL MANDATE TO EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN ACCORDING TO DEUTERONOMY 6:7 AND COLOSSIANS 2:3. 

WE MUST RESCUE OUR CHILDREN!

"Christian parents are _commanded_ to place their children under godly and Christian teaching, not neo-pagan or humanistic instruction. Whether we acknowledge it or not, only two choices remain-- obedience or disobedience to God’s commands. (See Col. 2:8; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Deut. 6:1-9; Mal. 4:6; 2 Cor. 6:14-19 along with Luke 6:40. Matt. 22:37-38 and Eph. 6:4)" E. Ray Moore.

In the governor’s own words
From Governor Jim Justice’s 2017 State of the State Address: (bold font added) “Let me go to education. Guys, I'm a coach. I'm in the school all the time. We've proven how to be dead last…So I think we need gigantic education reform…I have put in my budget a 2 percent raise for all classroom teachers, and I am ashamed -- I'm ashamed that we can't do more...Now, as far as testing…If we were knocking it out of the park -- you see, I'm all results oriented. If we were knocking it out of the park, you could argue with me we're doing the right thing. But for crying out loud, we're dead last. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out. We got to be doing something wrong.” Karl’s comment: PLEASE see previous speeches. It does not take a rocket scientist to see that public schools are a failure and parents keep getting suckered!

WE MUST RESCUE OUR CHILDREN!!

“The difference between insane asylums and our public schools is that in the insane asylum you have to show some improvement before you can get out.”
Anonymous

Please look at the school news below as well as for other years (along with my articles) for documentation about why tax-payers should “just say NO!” to pouring more money down the government school rat-hole.

Among these headlines you can easily follow common threads of drug abuse, sex (including teachers with students and promotion of sexual perversion), lack of disciple, violence, poor academic standards, crime, anti-Christianity, and wanting more and more money “for the kids”.

Sex crimes in the education system are rampart and traceable to the decay of society which is closely connected to humanism taking over “public” schools. Parents in Kanawha County warned of this in 1974. Now, we are simply reaping what is sown.

The sin of sexual abuse is inexcusable, but the fact is that it is rare that church personnel molests a child. That is not so with school personnel. You will be amazed at the reports of school personnel sex with students throughout the WV School news headlines. See the comments on this issue on the main WV News page. Also, teachers, unlike preachers, do not get scandalized for their adultery and other sex escapades with adults. See the March 26, 2009 headline “W.Va. teacher charged with sex assault of teen” for a sad, but pertinent point.

The moral sickness in the school system goes all the way back to 1977--a couple of years after the Kanawha County Parents sounded the alarm.

(Note: Some of the links are closed by the media outlet after a period of time. Several of the headlines came from Charleston Daily Mail and Gazette on-line searches. All articles can be found by contacting the news source.)

THE TEST THAT TELLS THE TALE OF TRUTH: “The Nation’s Report Card” National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) from the National Center for Education Statistics.

“The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.” (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/) Webster defines “proficient” as “good at doing something.” (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proficient)

New results will be posted when they are available.

Informative links:

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/mathematics/
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/reading/

Be sure to see the 2013 REPORT OF WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOL TEST PERFORMANCE. The 2013 report is on November 7 of 2013. New data will be posted when it is obtained.

(Note: Some of the links below are closed by the media outlet after a period of time. All articles can be found by contacting the news source.)

Valley High School football coach, teacher arrested on drug charges 4-26-17
http://wchstv.com/news/local/valley-high-school-football-coach-teacher-arrested-on-drug-charges
A teacher and football coach at Valley High School in Fayette County was arrested Wednesday on drug charges. Larry Macon McCommack, 38, of Boomer has been arrested and charged with four counts of the felony offense of delivery of a controlled substance, according to a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. Karl’s comment: You can easily follow the thread of school personnel using illegal drugs throughout the WV School news headlines.

Parents and students react after Nitro teacher tweets 'ban Islam' 4-20-17
http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Parents-and-students-react-after-Nitro-teacher-tweets-ban-Islam--420019034.html
A Nitro High School teacher is in the center of controversy after she took her passionate opinion on religion to social media. Foreign language teacher Sheri Sapp posted a tweet to her Twitter page saying "Ban Islam. Imagine how much more peaceful the Middle East and the entire world would be with no Muslims." Karl’s comment: The “ban” is hyberbole, but what did she get wrong with the rest?

Parents Outraged over Boone County Teacher's Jacket 4-17-17
http://www.tristateupdate.com/story/35170330/parents-outraged-over-boone-county-teachers-jacket
A picture was taken by a student in Cheryl Judy's art room at Sherman Junior High School. The top line reads "TUCK" and the lower line reads "FRUMP" with the curse word highlighted in white lettering. This has Boone County parents and students outraged, but the teacher says it's taken out of context…Students told 13 News they're fine with a teacher sharing a political message, just not one with curse words. "I just know if I wore something like that I would get suspended pretty bad," 11th grader Braxton Harless told 13 News. Judy's students say this jacket isn't the first time she's made her anti-Trump sentiments known. "We've talked about politics more in her class than a lot of others, but I just know she does not support Trump whatsoever," Harless added. Karl’s comment: She admits to being a liberal, but claims she did not flaunt the jacket on school property. Putting aside the obscene part, the comments from the kids say enough to convict her.

West Virginia law authorizes opioid antidotes at schools 4-14-17
http://www.tristateupdate.com/story/35151813/west-virginia-law-authorizes-opioid-antidotes-at-schools
A new state law authorizes school nurses and other trained and authorized personnel at West Virginia schools to administer drugs to counteract opioid overdoses by students without having to first contact parents. Karl’s comment: They can also help girls get abortions without parental knowledge.

Boone school board member under investigation resigns 4-14-17
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-education/20170414/boone-school-board-member-under-investigation-resigns
A Boone County school board member, who police said was under investigation as a part of an embezzlement case, has resigned. Karl’s comment: See the 3-8 entry below.

Elementary school teacher charged with DUI, driving on revoked license for DUI 4-11-17
http://wchstv.com/news/local/elementary-school-teacher-charged-with-dui-driving-on-revoked-license-for-dui
A teacher at Kanawha City Elementary School was arrested after St. Albans police said she was driving erratically and could not complete several field sobriety tests. (She) was charged Monday with DUI and driving while license revoked for DUI, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. In March, she was named 2017 Elementary School Math Teacher of the Year by the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, according to the Kanawha County Schools website. A photo of the teacher also is posted on the Kanawha City Elementary PTA Facebook page. St. Albans police and a spokeswoman at Kanawha County Schools confirmed she is a second grade teacher at the school…Police said they saw the car at the intersection of Walnut Street and Grant Avenue and it was swerving and crossed the center line. The vehicle also was braking erratically for several blocks. Police said the driver in the vehicle also was moving around and bouncing back and forth, leaning in the passenger side of the vehicle. The officer turned on his emergency lights and stopped the vehicle in the 2300 block of Kanawha Terrace. He said the driver, who police identified as Freeman, had red and watery eyes and could not sit still and was moving erratically. Police said Freeman was asked to step out of the vehicle multiple times before she finally left the car. The officer said Freeman was not able to do several field sobriety tests because she could not stand still, and she said she was nervous. She currently is being held at South Central Regional Jail awaiting arraignment. Karl’s comment: This is seriously sad. (The TV report indicated it might have been a drug issue.)

Police say Monroe County student brought gun to school 4-7-17
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20170407/police-say-monroe-county-student-brought-gun-to-school
An 18-year-old Monroe County high school student faces criminal charges after allegedly bringing an unloaded gun to school Friday…”Earlier Friday, several JMHS students alerted the deputy who works as the school’s resource officer about the gun. The sheriff called those students courageous. As a precaution, additional deputies stayed at the school the rest of the day Friday. Karl’s comment: TICK, TICK, TICK.

Bill passed to require drug programs in all W.Va. public schools 4-6-17
http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Bill-passed-to-require-drug--418529643.html
A bill has been passed by Legislature to require drug awareness and prevention programs in all West Virginia public schools…Students must have at least sixty minutes of instuction (sic) on the dangers of opioid use, their addictive characteristics and safer alternatives to treat pain. Karl’s comment: If there was not a drug problem in the schools there would be no need for this.

Police: Substitute teacher charged after providing alcohol, hosting parties for students 4-3-17
http://wchstv.com/news/local/police-substitute-teacher-charged-after-providing-alcohol-hosting-parties-for-students
A substitute teacher in Kanawha County has been charged after police said she provided alcohol to students at her house on multiple occasions. Karl’s comment: This is not the first time. One another one, see Ex-Monroe teacher pleads no contest to delinquency charge 4-22-15.

K-9 Unit Sniffs Around Elkins Middle School 4-1-17
http://www.theintermountain.com/news/local-news/2017/04/k-9-unit-sniffs%e2%80%88around-elkins-middle-school/
The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.R. Wince, not pictured, along with several officers with the WVSP K-9 Unit perform a routine check of Elkins Middle School Friday morning. Wince said the search of all classrooms, students and staff had been planned for several weeks, and noted nothing was found during the routine check. Karl’s comment: The photo with the article showed a law enforcement officer that looked the same as what you would see on a drug raid in a drug house. This is practice for what they know is a real possibility.

Logan County Schools bus driver arrested for DUI after completing morning route; name released 3-27-17
http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Logan-County-bus-driver-arrested-for-DUI-after-completing-morning-route--417192043.html
A Logan County Schools bus driver arrested on the job Monday morning was arraigned later that day on DUI charges…. West Virginia State Police troopers say Kraus had driven students ranging from pre-K to 12th grades to their respective schools before he was arrested. Troopers say Kraus provided two breathalyzer samples, yielding a .111 level on one and .107 on the other. They say he failed a horizontal vision test. Kraus told troopers he had drunk about six beers on Sunday night, prior to sleeping about five hours before reporting to pick kids up for school. State Police say they were contacted by the Logan County Board of Education Monday morning about a driver who was possibly impaired. More charges against Kraus are possible, troopers say. Kraus was taken to the South Central Regional Jail.
(Update 3-28) One Logan County mother says her son experienced a frightening bus ride Monday morning, thanks to a school bus driver who is accused of driving drunk… "He could smell alcohol," she added. "He said he was all over the road. He said it was the scariest bus ride to the school he ever had."…(T)he last few years, she says things started getting out of control with fights, bullying and Kraus cussing at the kids.
(http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Logan-County-bus-driver-arrested-for-DUI-after-completing-morning-route--417192043.html)
Karl’s comment: This story speaks for itself and it shouts to parents, “YOU MUST RESCUE YOUR CHILDREN!”

West Virginia Senate votes to end Common Core tests 3-24-17
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/ap/ap_region/west-virginia-senate-votes-to-end-common-core-tests/article_4052940b-0a62-5899-9158-60590c749a5e.html
West Virginia's Senate on Friday narrowly passed legislation to replace the state's standardized tests aligned to the Common Core curriculum with other tests that would be subject to lawmakers' approval. Karl’s comment: Opting out of Common Core is like unarmed soldiers on the front line turning their backs on an enemy that is advancing with tanks.  It is also useless to fight Common Core until we have a powerful army. Common Core, at best, will only be renamed.  For the sake of discussion, if it could be removed, our children should not be in "public" schools.  I am a retired teacher and unequivocally proclaim that there is no hope for America as long as Christians and conservatives allow our children to be indoctrinated in the pagan schools. 

Steven Paine, former West Virginia superintendent of schools, gets top job again 3-23-17
http://wchstv.com/news/local/steven-paine-former-west-virginia-superintendent-of-schools-gets-top-job-again
On Thursday, the state Board of Education named Paine, who served as West Virginia’s 25th superintendent of schools from 2005-2011, as its new superintendent…“I am committed to ensuring that our education system provides all children the opportunity for a world-class education and I look forward to working closely with the State Board, Governor Justice, our lawmakers and educators to prepare the students of the Mountain State to be successful in life.” Karl’s comment: It is simply a same song, next verse—all versus the same as the first--scenario. Suckered tax-payers should sob. I am snickering, but slightly short of a ROTFL situation. The ONLY changes in West Virginia government schools will be more $$$$ and less success.

School leaders discuss bullying 3-20-17
http://www.journal-news.net/news/local-news/2017/03/school-leaders-discuss-bullying/
Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson, superintendent of Jefferson County Schools, and Elice Gregory, assistant director of student support services in Berkeley County, explained what bullying looks like in the Eastern Panhandle and what schools are doing to end it. In Berkeley County, 13 percent of intermediate students report being bullied two or more times a month, which is lower than the 20 percent national average. In middle school, 10 percent of students reported being bullied more than two or three times a month, lower than the 15 percent national average. In high school, 10 percent of students report being bullied two or three times, which is average compared to the national percent. Karl’s comment: Government schools are dangerous places. Rescue your children, PLEASE!

Spring Valley Students Charged After Viral Video of Attack 3-17-17
http://www.tristateupdate.com/story/34941259/spring-valley-students-charged-after-viral-video-of-attack
Three Spring Valley High School students are facing charges after a video of an attack in a bathroom went viral on social media…One juvenile has been charged with Assault, Battery, and Conspiracy. Two other juveniles have also been charged with conspiracy. Karl’s comment: This is similar to what happens in jail houses.

Boone school employees arrested on embezzlement charges 3-8-17
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-education/20170308/boone-school-employees-arrested-on-embezzlement-charges
Two employees of the Boone County Schools Transportation Department were arraigned Wednesday for allegedly stealing more than $20,000 through fraudulent purchases. Karl’s comment: These non-teachers must have missed seeing the Ten Commandments (#8 is “Thou shalt not steal”.) in the school buildings. Oh, wait, those have been banned for many years.

West Virginia Board of Education to waive "A-F" system for accountability 3-8-17
read:http://wchstv.com/news/local/west-virginia-board-of-education-to-waive-a-f-system-for-accountability
West Virginia public schools will not be receiving "A-F" grades in 2017, following a Wednesday vote to waive the accountability system by the West Virginia Board of Education … “The Board has listened to various stakeholders throughout the state, including educators, who overwhelmingly ask us to reexamine our statewide accountability system,” Campbell said in the release. “We understand an accountability system is necessary, but want to take time to evaluate the best solution for our schools and communities.” Karl’s comment: Perhaps they were being forced to give too many F’s. One thing is certain, whatever system they use, it will be watered down.

ACLU, CAIR seeking information on alleged harassment of Muslim student 3-1-17
http://wvmetronews.com/2017/03/01/aclu-cair-seeking-information-on-alleged-harassment-of-muslim-student/
The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia and the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Tuesday a request for an investigation after a Muslim student said he was harassed by students and one teacher at a Raleigh County high school. According a letter sent to Woodrow Wilson High School Principal Ron Cantley II and Raleigh County Schools Superintendent David Price, senior Ishaq Jafary was harassed by students on school grounds. Incidents include students calling Jafary a “suicide bomber” and chanting “Allahu Akbar.” When Jafary confronted the students, a fight broke out, resulting in Jafary and the harassing students each receiving a two-day suspension. Karl’s comment: If the ACLU is involved the situation is suspect. If I is legitimate, it is just another black mark on government schools.

Judge throws out age discrimination, keeps defamation claims made by GW counselor 2-24-17
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-cops-and-courts/20170224/judge-throws-out-age-discrimination-keeps-defamation-claims-made-by-gw-counselor-
Mary Eller was 73 years old in August 2015 when she filed the lawsuit in Kanawha Circuit Court against Principal George Aulenbacher and the Board of Education over allegations that she had been wrongly suspended for a month earlier that year and then made the subject of an email disseminated by Aulenbacher that consisted of personal information and accused her of mishandling student information…The judge denied Cagle’s request to amend the lawsuit to try to keep the age discrimination claims intact. Eller has worked as a counselor at GW for more than 30 years. She has worked for Kanawha schools since 1965…According to her lawsuit, Aulenbacher showed up at Eller’s office, along with two vice principals, and told her she had been suspended. When she asked why, he didn’t know. School board lawyers have written in documents in response to Eller’s lawsuit that she was suspended for not reporting an alleged sexual assault. Karl’s comment: Ignoring the drma, the focus should be on the sexual assault of a student.

Cabell Midland High students found selling and buying suspected pot brownies 2-17-17
http://www.tristateupdate.com/story/34534472/cabell-midland-high-students-found-selling-and-buying-suspected-pot-brownies
The school resource officer at Cabell Midland High School told us a 14 year old female student was recently caught selling marijuana brownies on campus. Sgt. Roman Thompson said at least nine 15 year old freshmen students admitted to buying or being given one or more brownies. Karl’s comment: Since academic performance in “public” schools is not high (moving toward the dope level), this dope may help the students cope.

Lawsuit: School didn't protect teen girl from bullying 2-17-17
http://www.tristateupdate.com/story/34533430/lawsuit-school-didnt-protect-teen-girl-from-bullying
A teen girl and her mother are suing the Monongalia County Board of Education and the sheriff's department over alleged bullying. The Dominion Post reports that the lawsuit was filed Thursday. It says the 16-year-old suffered persistent race-based discrimination, harassment and bullying that led to a knife attack during her freshman year at University High School. According to the lawsuit, the child is African American and white and was 15 years old when the incidents occurred. The lawsuit says that neither the school nor the school resource officer took appropriate steps to protect the teen. Karl’s comment: Just another day on cell block “public” school
.

Nitro High Showcats perform 'Salem Witch Trials' on stage 2-16-17
http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Nitro-High-Showcats-perform-Salem-Witch-Trials-on-stage-414024633.html
If you have been following Tony Cavalier's winter show choir tour, then you have enjoyed some uplifting themes on stage as performed by some the region's top show choirs. But this week's show choir showcase steps out of the box and tells a sinister story in American history when witches and devil worship were the scourge of society. Karl’s comment: I have not seen the production, but I wonder if the musical points out that “a local doctor, William Griggs, diagnosed bewitchment” and that, along with preachers. magistrates, the governor, and judges were key people involved in the hysteria of that event? (http://www.history.com/topics/salem-witch-trials) I wonder if the musical was an attack on bible believing Christians.

EHS bomb threat leads to evacuation 2-15-17
http://www.theintermountain.com/news/local-news/2017/02/ehs%E2%80%88bomb-threat-leads-to-evacuation/
For the fifth time this academic year, Elkins High School was evacuated Monday morning after a message was discovered in a bathroom indicating there was an explosive device at the facility. “Our officers responded, along with the (West Virginia) State Police, and conducted an investigation,” Interim Elkins Police Chief J.C. Raffety said.  “Basically, handwriting was left in the bathroom, similar to what’s happened in the last five to six times this school year.” Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Pam Hewitt confirmed there was an  “incident”  that took place at the school which forced a Code Yellow situation and subsequent evacuation. “We had an incident at Elkins High School this morning and it required the evacuation of the students and the staff,” Hewitt said Monday. “Law enforcement came up and assisted us in going through the building. They made sure the building was safe and, at that point, our students and staff returned to the building to carry on with their normal daily activity. The students were out of the building for about 40 minutes or so.”… No explosive devices or components of explosive devices were located during the search,”  Raffety said. “Just an over-abundance of caution because of the threat and, obviously, in today’s world we need to take threats seriously to the point that we can determine whether they are serious or whether, as in this case, they are just a possible hoax. We have to treat each incident in it’s own right and have to be cautious.…Hewitt added the students were placed on buses and taken to nearby Orchard Hall due to cold temperatures. Karl’s comments: This cannot be blamed on the Kanawha County Textbook Protesters.

High schools with 90 percent or higher graduation rates honored at Capitol 2-10-17
http://wchstv.com/news/local/high-schools-with-90-percent-or-higher-graduation-rates-honored-at-capitol
West Virginia high schools with graduation rates of 90 percent or more were recognized at the state Capitol Friday. Seventy out of 116 high schools from across the state had a graduation rate of 90 percent or greater for the 2015-16 school year. Last year, 47 schools achieved the high graduation rate. Karl’s comment: Graduation does NOT equal education. Just check the college remedial classes for freshmen. That being said, let’s do some simple math: 70/116 = 60%. That is a failing grade on even the most watered down “public” school grading scale.

High school students suspended for not going back to class after scheduled protest 2-9-17
http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/High-school-students-suspended-for-not-going-back-to-class-after-scheduled-protest-413320673.html
The Nicholas County Sheriff's Department says 15 to 20 high school students have been suspended after they refused to go back to class following a scheduled protest. The protest was scheduled between 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday regarding consolidation of schools. According to the department's Facebook page, several students stayed past the allotted time and refused to go back to class. No students were suspended for participating in the protest. Karl’s comment: It appears they were out of class (that is a problem in itself) then, (a major problem) they defied school authority.

Students study WWII topics 2-7-17
http://www.theintermountain.com/news/local-news/2017/02/students-study-wwii-topics/
Students at Elkins Middle School were introduced to press coverage in a recent class assignment. Charlotte Snider, an English/language arts teacher at EMS, asked that her eighth-grade students complete a book report in newspaper format. The projects focused on the students’ current lessons: “The Diary of Anne Frank” and World War II. Snider’s students were expected to choose a book based on World War II, read it and complete their project. “Slaughterhouse Five,”  “A Boy at War” and  “The Hidden Girl” were some of the books students chose. Karl’s comment: A Children’s Literature expert informed me of the anti-Christian content of Slaughterhouse Five. “ One major philosophy presented in Vonnegut's novel is that of Christianity. The novel discusses topics within Christianity in terms of fate and free will Billy Pilgrim experiences and applies those principles. Although the novel discusses the philosophies of Christianity, the novel discusses a different sort of Christ figure or a different personality to the one that already exists… The desire for a 'human' Jesus is not the only Biblical topic discussed in the novel.” Read more at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slaughterhouse-Five#Religion_and_philosophy.

Horace Mann Middle has new acting principal 2-7-17
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-education/20170207/horace-mann-middle-has-new-acting-principal
Horace Mann Middle’s vice principal said this week that she’s been serving as the school’s acting principal since Jan. 25, and she and other Kanawha County public school officials didn’t provide information on why Principal Jonathan Anderson isn’t currently leading the school. “This is a personnel matter and I am in a capacity of acting principal,” Shandon Tweedy said. “And really, that’s all I’m at liberty to tell you.” Karl’s comment: Hmmmmm.

Upshur student charged in disturbance 2-4-17
http://www.theintermountain.com/news/local-news/2017/02/upshur-student-charged-in-disturbance/
An Upshur County student who was suspended from school and alleged to have caused a disturbance by bringing a gun on the property has been formally charged…According to a criminal complaint filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court, on Jan. 24, Jarrell went to the Fred W. Eberle Technical Center when he was not allowed on school grounds due to disciplinary issues. While at the school, Jarrell had a weapon that witnesses told Cpl. R.C. Hebb, of the West Virginia State Police, looked like a .38-caliber pistol, police said…The weapon was later found and identified to be a CO2 cartridge BB gun, according to the complaint. Karl’s comment: : A CO2 BB gun may not be lethal, but it sure is dangerous. It could have been a .38 as thought. Search these WV School News pages for “ TICK, TICK, TICK” and “gun”.

Disturbing--Violent fight at school raises questions 2-4-17
http://www.theintermountain.com/opinion/editorials/2017/02/disturbing/
In the past two weeks, no less than three fights have occurred at schools in Elkins. While this is disturbing, many chalk these incidents up to nothing more than teenage angst and growing pains. On Thursday, however, a particularly violent altercation between two students took place in the halls of Elkins High School. By late afternoon, a cell phone video of the fight was circulating among students. The footage, about a minute in length, shows one male student attack another male student, knocking him to the floor. The aggressor then repeatedly punches the other student in the head as he lays near motionless and curled up on the floor in a defenseless position. A female adult is heard shouting throughout the video as she attempts, by herself, to break up the fight. Her cries of distress were as alarming as the graphic footage itself. Even more disturbing, no other adult — or even student — is seen quickly coming to the assistance of the woman or the felled student’s assistance. Elkins High School Principal Russ Collett said,  “It was a typical fight, and it was turned over to authorities.” …(I)f this is typical behavior, then an extensive investigation is needed into the safety and security of the students at Elkins High School. Karl’s comment: The above is from an editorial. Here is a clip from a news report: Elkins Middle School also had an incident this week, which Assistant Principal Eric Lucas said was a  “run-of-the-mill fight”  that was broken up almost immediately. Lucas said the students involved had minor injuries, which were checked out by the school nurse before the students were sent home. (http://www.theintermountain.com/news/local-news/2017/02/student-fight-prompts-rumors/) In my “nice neighborhood” middle school I saw several fights and some were vicious with vile cursing. I am 6’ 3” and over 200 pounds and still had to roll in the hall to break up a violent fight. You can easily follow the threads of violence in these WV School News pages.

Suit Filed Against Mingo Central Principal for Allegedly Assaulting Student 2-1-17
http://www.tristateupdate.com/story/34402530/suit-filed-against-mingo-central-principal-for-allegedly-assaulting-student
The suit alleges that Daniel Dean, principal of Mingo Central High School, struck a female student and knocked her to the ground.  The incident occurred on January 20th, 2017 after the victim was involved in an undisclosed incident with another female student. According to witnesses, the victim was taken into Dean's office. He then became verbally aggressive, began talking down to the girl, and then struck her.  Marcum says one witness described Dean's actions as "[going] way too far." Karl’s comment: Another day on cellblock PS (public school).

Parent raises concern about student discipline in Fayette 1-27-17
http://www.register-herald.com/news/parent-raises-concern-about-student-discipline-in-fayette/article_4d3dbd5d-c9b1-5e35-9734-6ff54d4e0c23.html
A Fayette County parent is claims her son was disciplined inappropriately at Collins Middle School on Jan. 24. Christina Thomas said her son laughed at another student and was made to sit in a chair with his face covered and sound-muting headphones on his head to demonstrate "he doesn't have to be the center of attention." Thomas said a student took a picture of her son in the chair, and she didn't know it existed until she saw it on Facebook. She again shared the image, in which it is unclear if the boy's face is covered with construction paper or a box. It has been shared more than 200 times and is raising concerns among area residents and parents. Friday, Fayette County Schools Deputy Superintendent Gary Hough said he is aware of the image on Facebook…Thomas said her son was disciplined in clear view of other students and teachers. He is scared to return to school, she added. Karl’s comment: I hope she homeschools her child.

Ex-West Virginia teacher accused of 40 counts of sex abuse 1-26-17
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/ap/ap_region/ex-west-virginia-teacher-accused-of-counts-of-sex-abuse/article_6bc4aed6-6636-596a-a5e1-7f90e07b380c.html
West Virginia State Police say a former McDowell County teacher has been charged with 40 counts of sex abuse involving children. Police tell the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that (the) 60-year-old (man), of Northfork faces charges from abuse involving one victim in 1985 and another in 2006. (He) was a longtime teacher in elementary middle schools, and the children were between the ages of 12 and 15. Trooper M.D. Brooks says the abuse occurred on school grounds. He says the investigation began after the first victim came forward and led to the second victim. Brooks said he believes there could be more victims. Karl’s comment: You can easily follow the thread of school personnel sex with students throughout the WV School news headlines. Also see the comments on this issue on the main WV News page and the June 1, 2008.

Former Poca High School student accused of trying to sell meth at school 1-26-17
http://wchstv.com/community/putnam-news/former-poca-high-school-student-accused-of-trying-to-sell-meth-at-school
Authorities said an 18-year-old Putnam County man has been arrested after he was accused of trying to sell crystal methamphetamine at Poca High School. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Unit said Jacob B. McComas of Liberty was arrested Thursday by members of the unit Thursday after an incident that occurred at the school on Jan. 11. McComas is charged with possession with intent to deliver crystal methamphetamine. He was enrolled as a student at the high school, but he has since been expelled. Karl’s comment: It is well documented in these WV News pages that the drugs are there. Rescue the children!

Schools Superintendent: WV Facing "Education Crisis" 1-25-17
http://www.tristateupdate.com/story/34348830/schools-superintendent-wv-facing-education-crisis
Dr. Martirano said his biggest concern right now is getting quality teachers running classrooms within the Mountain State.  It's something he calls a "Crisis." According to an infographic showing West Virginia professional educator positions for 2016-2017, there are 718 positions currently filled with short-term or long-term substitutes. Karl’s comment: They will want more $$$$$$$. Just check how long this con has went on by searching these WV News pages. Homeschool parents provide instruction quite well for MUCH less money.

Putnam school board proud of how reported threat handled at Hurricane High 1-23-17
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-putnam-county/20170123/putnam-school-board-proud-of-how-reported-threat-handled-at-hurricane-high
Putnam County Board of Education members say they are proud of how the school district handled a potential threat to Hurricane High School last week. Superintendent John Hudson said Putnam County Schools received information from a student that there may have been a threat to Hurricane High School Friday. The school district, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Hurricane police began immediately investigating the threat…However, Friday morning multiple parents expressed concern over the announcement on social media, saying that it was vague and that their children would be staying home from school…School board member Rob Cunningham said he was impressed by the student who reported the threat. He said it reflects the district’s work. Karl’s comment: TICK, TICK, TICK.

Extra security at Wayne High School after recent reported threat 1-23-17
http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Extra-security-in-place-at-Wayne-High-School-after-recent-reported-threat-411547255.html
Extra security was at Wayne High School on Monday after a reported threat that happened Friday, the Wayne County Sheriff's Department reports. Deputies were at the school early Monday "out of an abundance of caution," Wayne County Sheriff Rick Thompson tells WSAZ. Several units responded after a picture was shown around school of a juvenile with what appeared to be a gun in his hand. There was no allegation of a gun actually being in the school, according to Thompson, and no gun was found. Karl’s comment: TICK, TICK, TICK
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TVHS coach's music leads to BOE probe 1-19-17
http://www.theintermountain.com/news/local-news/2017/01/tvhs-coachs-music-leads-to-boe-probe/
A Tygarts Valley High School coach announced Wednesday he had been suspended indefinitely from his duties, but the Randolph County Superintendent of Schools insists the coach has not been suspended, though he is being investigated by county officials. TVHS head football and track coach Chris Dorminey, who is also a teacher, told The Inter-Mountain he was suspended indefinitely by the Randolph County Board of Education Wednesday, pending an investigation into his Christian rap music videos on YouTube. “I was informed that I was suspended over my recent song ‘Amber Alert,’ but I began having problems when I wrote the song ‘Trump for President’ this past August,”  Dorminey said in an interview Wednesday afternoon.   “I feel I have the right to artistic expression as a Christian conservative, and as a father. I believe Jesus is the way, Trump for president, and I certainly believe in the U.S. Constitution.”...Contacted after Dorminey’s interview, Randolph County Superintendent Pam Hewitt said Wednesday she had met with Dorminey earlier that day, after hearing concerns from parents and community members about content he had posted online. However, he has not been suspended, she said. “In not one of my songs has there been a curse word yet,”   he says in the video.   “I’m not out to cause anybody harm. I’m simply out to express myself, create music and be able to freely express it to you. But you see I’m trying to be silenced and I need to get the word out. Karl’s comment: Sad situation.

Mercer school board, superintendent sued over Bible classes 1-19-17
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-education/20170119/mercer-school-board-superintendent-sued-over-bible-classes
The Freedom From Religion Foundation and a member of the Wisconsin-based nonprofit who’s a parent of a student at a public Mercer County elementary school filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to declare unconstitutional a Bible classes program in Mercer’s public school system. The lawsuit — filed against the Mercer school board and Mercer schools Superintendent Deborah Akers in the Bluefield Division of the federal court system’s Southern District of West Virginia — alleges the “Bible in the Schools” program is active in 15 elementary schools, one intermediate school and three middle schools, serving about 4,000 students. The lawsuit alleges the classes are held for half an hour a week in elementary schools and 45 minutes a week in middle schools, during the regular school day. While the lawsuit states that the school system calls the classes “voluntary,” it alleges that the “overwhelming majority of students participate” and that “upon information and belief, students at many schools have not been receiving alternative instruction.”…The lawsuit alleges the bible classes include “Creationism instruction” that involves “having students imagine that human beings and dinosaurs existed at the same time.” It quotes one lesson as saying “So picture Adam being able to crawl up on the back of dinosaur! He and Eve could have their own personal water slide! Wouldn’t that be so wild!” The parent, only identified as “Jane Doe,” said in the lawsuit that she’s an atheist who is suing individually and on behalf of her daughter, called “Jamie Doe” in the document. Jane Doe said in the document that she wishes to raise Jamie Doe, who is in kindergarten, “without religion.” The lawsuit says Jane Doe wishes for her daughter, when she enters the first grade, to not have to participate and also to not “be ostracized by other students or staff” for not participating. “Jamie will either be forced to attend Bible indoctrination classes against the wishes and conscience of Jane Doe, or Jamie will be the only or one of only a few children who do not participate,” the lawsuit says. “Jamie will therefore be made conspicuous by absence, and essentially be identified as a non-Christian or nonbeliever, subjecting Jamie to the risk of ostracism from peers and even school staff.” “This program advances and endorses one religion, improperly entangles public schools in religious affairs, and violates the personal consciences of nonreligious and non-Christian parents and students,” the lawsuit states. The lawsuit asks a judge to declare that the program violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article III of the West Virginia Constitution…Mercer has provided Bible classes in its public schools since 1939, said Teresa Russell, a data and information specialist with the school system who answered questions on behalf of the school system Thursday. Karl’s comment: The so-called "Freedom from Religion" group are fanatics who evangelize for their religion of humanism.  As far as their fervor to censor any truth about evolution (they call it "creationism"), evolution is more impossible than the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, and the Headless Horseman. See http://originalitythroughouttheuniverse.com/life-science-trial/ for a list of bluffing evolutionists. That said, I predict the program will be shut down. 

Gov. Justice looks to change education system 1-18-17
http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Governor-Justice-looks-to-change-education-system-411126305.html
West Virginia's new governor is looking to change education throughout the state. Gov. Jim Justice came down hard on the system during his inauguration speech…At one point during his inauguration speech, Justice held up a copy of his education plan. All of the details of the plan have not been released, but Senate President Mitch Carmichael is already giving the plan a thumbs up…Justice also said West Virginia's teachers need to be paid more. Karl’s comment: BWAHAHAHAH! If it wasn’t so funny I’d cry! It is the same old you-know-what. Simply look back throguh these West Virginia News pages and OPEN YOUR EYES. Tax payers are suckers and parents are negligent.

West Virginia Board of Education considers new testing methods 1-12-17
http://wchstv.com/news/local/west-virginia-board-of-education-considers-new-testing-methods
The West Virginia Board of Education is considering a plan to replace the current Smarter Balanced assessments with end of course exams tied to a student's final grade. Media outlets report that the Board voted Wednesday to put out the end-of-course exams policy for public comment for the next 30 days. The Smarter Balanced exams, which are aligned to the Common Core math and English language arts standards, don't count toward students' grades or graduation. State officials have said they are concerned about a lack of effort by high schoolers on the exams. The end of course exams would affect students' grades and their ability to graduate. They would be developed by West Virginia teachers and administrators. Karl’s comment: They run scams with testing. They will likely say this eliminates Common Core. The will say it is “for the kids.” Individual teacher tests are only as good as the individual teacher. Look through these pages for NAEP, Nation’s Report Card, and the keyword “test” to see how poorly West Virginia government school students do. For example, in September 2014 (See the 10-7-14 WV News item.)

Incidents of reported bullying remain constant in W.Va. schools 1-11-17
http://www.register-herald.com/news/incidents-of-reported-bullying-remain-constant-in-w-va-schools/article_e172de2f-71a6-52e0-86f5-419df581867a.html
West Virginia Department of Education data show the number of bullying incidents reported across the state's 55 school districts has remained constant over the last three school years…She said there were 240,387 discipline reports filed digitally through WVEIS (the state Education Information System). Of those, 3,507 (1.5 percent) were flagged as incidents of harassment or bullying. That's between 19 and 20 incidents of bullying reported across the state each school day…Stalnaker said many students reported for bullying were also reported for other infractions such as disruptive or disrespectful behavior (50 percent), failure to obey rules or authority (27 percent), tardiness/truancy (11 percent) and aggressive conduct (10 percent). The data also show that 21 percent of reported incidents were at elementary schools, 47 percent at the middle school level and 32 percent at the high school level. Reasons behind the bullying were reported to be sexual orientation (5.5 percent), disability (6 percent), gender (6 percent), physical appearance (10 percent) and other reasons (60 percent). Karl’s comment: There is no doubt that WV government schools are dangerous places. Just check the headlines over the years in the WV School News pages.

Tweets get Huntington teacher suspended 1-10-17
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/tweets-get-huntington-teacher-suspended/article_6b256161-7c9f-5816-8043-47ae9ef0228d.html
A social studies teacher at Huntington High has been suspended with pay following the discovery of several racially charged tweets shared through her personal Twitter account over the span of more than a year, a school official said Monday…In one tweet dated July 18, 2015, Durstein said, "#cashinIn #WakeUpAmerica #viewcrew Who cares if we offend Muslims at least they keep their heads on tact. They're the enemy!" In one of her most recent tweets, dated Jan. 5, 2017, Durstein responded to a tweet that said "Can you imagine how many riots we would have around the country if the terrorists were white?" The tweet contained a photo of four black people, two males and two females, with the caption, "Imagine if these were 4 white people torturing a special need black kid!" In her response, Durstein tweeted, "this could have been Obama's children." She also retweeted posts that condoned deporting Muslims and spoke ill of those who support the Black Lives Matter movement…As professionals who interact with students from all backgrounds, Smith said the school system holds its teachers to a higher standard. "We expect the same conduct on social media that we do in the classroom," he said. "We don't want to deny teachers the access they can have to the Internet or Facebook and all the other stuff they want to have, but they need to be cognizant of who they are speaking to. And when what they say interferes with the educational process, it becomes a problem." Karl’s comment: Huh? What was racists about speaking the truth?

No bomb found after threat made at St. Albans High School 1-7-16
http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Bomb-threat-at-St-Albans-High-School-409979155.html
The all clear has been given at St. Albans High School after a bomb threat was found Saturday morning. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad swept the school as a precaution, but their crew on scene says there was no bomb found in the school. Karl’s comment: They cannot blame that one on the Textbook Protesters.

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