Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Nov 30, 2011 at 9:29 am
You cannot blame the school for the actions of one person. It is a great school and has saved many kids from dropping out (and maybe causing more mayhem). And it's not just troubled kids; it's kids who just couldn't connect or succeed on the much larger campuses at Foothill and Amador. You should visit this group of dedicated teachers and see what they are accomplishing.
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm
Village is known as the 'drop out' school of Pleasanton. Yes, there are some students who attend Village that are actually trying to get a better life, but the majority are kids who just couldn't cut it because they refused to.
Also, I think the schools need to enforce that they're going to a school in PLEASANTON for a reason.
And these guys that were involved in this..they think they're tough...I knew who they were and I wasn't surprised this happened. They think that just because they come from some ghetto area that they should just bring it here because everyone is too racist. There's racism for a reason...it's because things like this happen. And then there's those followers...the ones who post stuff like "Free Vic" on facebook. Seriously guys...it's PLEASANTON.
People may call me a hypocrite, but I know what opportunities I had when I moved to Pleasanton..I embraced it. I erased my past and I'm on the right track now. Maybe the schools should help these kids more...
Posted by Giving Kids a Second Chance, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2011 at 10:17 am
A few bad kids do not make the whole school bad. I too know some of the teachers and kids at Village, and the majority are trying to straighten up their lives. The teachers are very involved and dedicated to these students. One young man I know couldn't handle Amador because of his home life, but excelled at Village, got a scholarship to Los Positas, transfered to CSUEB and has just started his Master's in Social Work so he can help others like him. Village gives students a chance to succeed.
Posted by anonie, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm
This incident has NOTHING to do with Village HS or its students or staff. I don't know much about this school, but I do know it has earned itself as a Distinguished school in California. To me that means the teachers / staff there must be doing something right at this school.
Most students are there for a variety of reasons and we cannot judge them for their reasons. This stabbing could have occurred anywhere. It's Victor Garcia who is the criminal punk thug who took a weapon to a fist fight. Victor Garcia is the focus here, NOT Village HS. It sounds like Victor and these two others had previous beef with each other so this stabbing could have occurred anywhere they happened to cross paths, just happened to occur after school near the campus. Leave Village out of this.
I also don't buy that the victims are true victims in such a definition of the word. This would have been a mutual fist fight like so many that occur, and would have never been news worthy, except the thug Victor used a knife to stab the others (bad mistake of judgement there Victor - now you sit in jail)
I'm glad the D.A. went for the attempted murder charge, our D.A. does a good job (most of the time) sending a strong message to criminals to not act so stupid, at least not in this county.