Posted by School to Prison Pipeline , a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on May 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm
Did the Pleasanton Police lead kids off campus in handcuff?
Now we will see if they will use this as an opportunity to ruin young lives with draconian and punitive consequences. Or if they have put in place non-judicial rehabilitative consequences and program requirements.
I do not endorse drug use, I recognise the need for non-punitive responses that do not ruin lives.
Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan say that SRO (school resource officers) have done more harm than good.
The Initiative is a collaboration between the two agencies that hopes to target the school disciplinary policies and in-school arrests that push youth out of school and into the justice system, also known as the school-to-prison pipeline.
"This bill would not only align California law with the will of the people, it is a common-sense measure and a recognition that it is time to turn away from policies that are unjust, unreasonably expensive, and ineffective."
"Tens of thousands of people have already found themselves branded as "felon" simply because of minor drug offenses, which by definition are nonviolent and nonserious.
Treating such minor offenses as felonies does not serve the interests of justice and does not serve the interests of the people of this state."
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on May 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm
School to prison, your post lost all credibility when you referenced Eric holder. He doesn't think voter intimidation, when the black panthers engage in it, is a crime. Why would he want to enforce our drug laws against teens who should know better? Unless the case is that these young criminals are not in possession of common sense......and whose fault would that be?
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on May 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm
This is the kind of thinking you get from Eric (Black Panther Loving) Holder. He doesn't go after Acorn, which is responsible for illegally soliciting dozens of signatures on petitions to reduce criminal sentencing for criminal drug users (potheads, acid heads, mushroom eaters). Whose fault is teen drug use? Just look at the hypocrisy in the "White" House. Backward Obama increases cigarette taxes while he himself smokes Camels out behind the wood shed. Get a decent President in there, with an Atttorny General who doesn't mollycuddle the Black Panthers, and we can start a genuine crackdown to get teen pot users into our prison system where they belong.
Posted by Truth, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm
School to Prison...you need a reality check. Your attitude of intitlement is rediculous. What type of a kid brings drugs to a school zone? One that breaks federal and state laws then laughs about it. As far as listening to the idiots in federal government perhaps a revisit to Columbine would be in order...that would be the birth place of the SRO ... Wake up and smell the java or only go to private schools and see what you can get away with there.
Posted by Barbara, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on May 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm
Tell you what. If you don't want to go from high school to having a criminal record, don't bring drugs to school! How hard is that? Drugs do not belong in school. Period, end of sentence. [No pun intended.]
Posted by Patriot, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm
Completely innocent people can get caught up in the whole drug dog/zero tolerance mess. It happened to a personal friend. He was completely innocent and was eventually found to be. But his reputation was permanently damaged.
Here is some recommended reading. It isn't "simple", but it is quite worthwhile.
Posted by Sasha, a member of the Foothill High School community, on May 6, 2012 at 11:38 pm
As a parent with 2 students currently at Foothill, I say bring in the dogs EVERYDAY. The stories I have heard over the last 4 years would shock the Pleasanton community. Drugs use in our high schools is out of control. A large portion of the students at Foothill are stoned each school day. Something needs to be done. I have really good kids that don't do drugs but I have been in their faces and their business their whole lives. I know many of these drug using kids and their parents are clueless or don't care. Bring in the law already.
Posted by Guest, a resident of another community, on May 7, 2012 at 10:10 am
Drug use in Pleasanton schools is nothing new. My sister went to Foothill and played on a sports team. One girl was kicked off the team for smoking in the parking lot during lunch and a few others were kicked off for eating pot brownies on a bus. I went to Amador in the late 90's and people would smoke (cigarettes and pot) at the baseball field during lunch. I also remember a kid getting handcuffed and led off Harvest Park campus for dealing pot in the early 90's.
Posted by Barbara, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on May 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm
Patriot, I've already read 1984, and it doesn't change my views on drugs. They don't belong in school; they are detrimental to the developing brains of children and adolescents; they train the young mind to check out of reality instead of learning how to deal successfully with difficult circumstances. Every kid who does drugs, every kid who brings them to school, knows it's illegal and against the rules. This isn't some kind of big brother/1984 scenario (although we seem to be heading that way, but that's another thread).
If I get caught speeding, I expect a ticket. If I rob a bank, I expect to be sent to jail. If I bring drugs to school, after I've been notified of all the potential consequences, I should expect to suffer the consequences if I get caught. As a community, we have the right to expect that school administrators and law enforcement will take all reasonable and legal means to get drug dealers out of our schools, and take every step to discourage young people from having and taking drugs while they're at school.
On a broader scale, I'm not happy about what you're arguing is the wholesale transfer of fine, upstanding young people to prison. If adjustments in the law are necessary so that minor offenders are not branded with being major felons and unnecessarily sent to prison, I'm all for that. Just keep the drugs out of school. Any kid who brings drugs to school knows full well it's wrong and does it anyway.
Is your alternative for us all to just ignore the problem, and let kids take, keep, sell, deal anything they want on school grounds? Look the other way? Give up?