OPINION

My View - Pull up your pants, will ya'

Scott Campbell

“Pants on the ground! Pants on the ground! Looking like a fool with your pants on the ground!”

I think we all need to applaud this man for writing this song. As a parent and a taxpayer, I think that the things District 150 are doing is wrong.

Several issues need to be addressed, and that is why I’m writing this.

The dress code that is supposed to be enforced is being severely neglected. Everyday, boys come to school with their pants sagging to the point where it is starting to be offensive. Tell them to pull their pants and you end up getting it thrown right back in your face. They think that we’re stupid because they will pull them up, partially, and then as soon as you turn your back and go back to what you were doing, they pull them right back down. Nobody wants to see this.

School administrators need to enforce the dress code that is in place. And don’t think that I’m just picking on the boys in school, because the girls are just as bad. Girls come to school wearing clothes that are not appropriate for school. They need to cover their chests, bellies, shoulders and wear pants that fit, and not two or three sizes too small, leaving very little for the imagination.

The school might as well promote fornication in school, because it happens from time to time (in school).

School dances are even worse. I cannot believe how they let some of these kids come to these dances dressed the way they do. I say make all students, K-12, wear uniforms to school and enforce a dress code at school dances.

And the only way that this will work is if the school administrators enforce the dress code. Stop letting the students call the shots.

Discipline has been a major problem in the schools within the last 10 to 15 years, if not longer. Too many times, administrators baby these kids because they don’t want to hurt their feelings. Kids nowadays don’t respect anything. They are talking back to teachers and staff members without blinking an eye. Cursing at an adult happens everyday. How can we expect the teachers to teach our children when this happens?

Boys and girls talk worse than sailors overseas. The talk of sex and drugs fill the halls every hour. Fights happen on a daily basis.

Girls have been worse than boys as of late. And what does this all circulate around? Boy-girl, girl-girl relationships.

Campus police don’t stand a chance sometimes.

No child left behind? I applaud the concept, but it doesn’t work.

Children, who want to go to school to learn, struggle because of daily disruptions in the classroom and the hallways.

The school system keeps problem students in school whether they want to learn or not for the almighty dollar.

Problem students should all be placed into alternative school settings, or give them three strikes and they are out. Anyone expelled from school should be forced to some kind of boot camp setting.

We, as a community, need to teach our children about respect and responsibility. Hold each student accountable for his/her actions. Stop enabling these kids to do whatever they want without consequence. Everyone has a choice to do the right thing or the wrong thing. Keep the wrong out.

Smoking is also a big problem in the schools. Rest rooms always smell of cigarette and marijuana smoke. The stench fills the hallways daily.

Marijuana is blatantly being smoked in the school and on the school grounds. Campus police question dozens of students everyday about coming to school smelling like marijuana. AYP. PSAE, ACT, PSAT scores aren’t nearly as high as they have been in years past because kids don’t care about test scores or even passing grades. What are on the minds of kids these days? Sex, drugs, alcohol, cell phones, Ipods, video games, Facebook and running the streets.

Now, how does District 150 handle these issues?

Well, let’s start by closing Woodruff High School and just about every school in the north end, and combine all of these students in schools outside their own neighborhoods.

But wait, there’s more.

The school district has no money to keep these schools open, but they sign a contract to bring in a charter school. Does this make any sense to anyone? And let’s keep the oldest school west of the Allegheny Mountains open, and, even more, let’s put $9 or $10 million (borrowed money that we as taxpayers have to pay back) into a school that should have been closed 10 years ago (Peoria High School).

We, as taxpayers, need to pay better attention to how our school district is spending our money.

What was the reasoning behind closing Woodruff instead of Peoria High or Manual or even Richwoods? Alumni? Operating costs? Tradition? Condition of the school?

If anyone can prove that Peoria High is in better physical condition than Woodruff High School, I want to see it. There is no maintenance worker in the district, or general contractor that has done work in both schools that is not questioning this decision.

I know the only way to be part of the solution is to be involved with our children’s learning process and stand up and be heard. We cannot sit back and point fingers and expect everything to just fix itself. The school board members need to listen to us and take our suggestions to heart instead of letting the public speak to deaf ears.

Here’s a suggestion: Why not close three high schools and build one state-of-the-art high school with the borrowed money that the school district wants to use to put an addition onto Lincoln Middle School and make major updates to Peoria High School and build it on property that District 150 already owns at the Peoria Stadium.

Sorry, Peoria Park District, but the softball fields have to go.

Remember what District 150 tells us. We do what is best for students in Peoria.

Are they really doing what is best for taxpayers in the city of Peoria?