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Editorial: Schools must take bullying threats seriously

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The benefit of hindsight makes it fairly easy to say that Yates Elementary School Principal Robert Flanders should have taken a bully’s threats made against his 11-year-old student April 20 more seriously. But even lacking the ability to see into the future, a school official in this day and age, and in a city like Schenectady, should know better than to take chances. As Saturday’s Gazette story detailed, T’yanna Lockridge was badly beaten on her ...

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May 9, 2012
2:04 p.m.

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The Gazette was so happy when the tax cap was enacted they failed to envision some of the fallout. Now you can see it. SCSD lost several school resource officers because they could no longer afford them. Now it is the school's fault that children attack other children and parents don't care, or can't control them. This problem is one for the community to solve, not a principal. He probably should have made sure the parents were informed, but a reasonable person would assume that an adult escorting an 11 year old student home would be enough to deter violence. Unfortunately it wasn't. Shame on the Gazette for implying that Mr. Flanders did not take this threat seriously, maybe you should have asked him for his side of the story? Maybe the Gazette should reprimand city residents for not raising their children well? Of course that may look too much like real journalism.