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School board criticized about alleged sexual assault, alternative school transportation

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 10:38 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 12:49 AM
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About 20 protesters demonstrated outside the Richmond County Board of Education on Tuesday, demanding transportation for alternative program students and answers about why a janitor arrested last week on sex charges was permitted in schools after similar allegations last year.

Monique Braswell, the president of the Richmond County Council of PTAs, speaks at a protest. About 20 people demonstrated outside the Richmond County Board of Education on Tuesday, demanding transportation for alternative program students and answers into why a janitor arrested last week on sex charges was permitted in the school after similar allegations last year.   TRACEY MCMANUS/STAFF
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Monique Braswell, the president of the Richmond County Council of PTAs, speaks at a protest. About 20 people demonstrated outside the Richmond County Board of Education on Tuesday, demanding transportation for alternative program students and answers into why a janitor arrested last week on sex charges was permitted in the school after similar allegations last year.

Richmond County Council of PTAs President Monique Braswell said the board has failed students and parents on these issues.

“We want justice,” Braswell said. “How did we allow this man to infiltrate our system?”

C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School janitor Reginald L. Price was arrested last week on charges involving two girls at two schools.

School Safety and Security Chief Alfonzo Williams obtained arrest warrants after allegations that a 13-year-old C.T. Walker student was touched inappropriately this month.

The department also reopened an investigation into allegations from another 13-year-old girl from 2012 while Price was working at Murphey Middle School.

Price had been arrested in 2011 on a charge of assault and battery in the third degree after an Aiken Middle School student alleged Price touched her on the buttocks. Aiken Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jake Mahoney said Tuesday that the case was never prosecuted.

Mary Lambert, the mother of the alleged Murphey victim, said she believes the board put students at risk by not prosecuting Price in her daughter’s case and allowing him to remain in the school system.

Lambert said her daughter told a teacher Price rubbed her breast, back and behind in early 2012. A school safety officer conducted an investigation, but the incident was never criminally prosecuted, Lambert said.

After a C.T. Walker student made similar allegations this month, an investigator contacted Lambert at work to get more information on her daughter’s case.

“It wasn’t handled well at all,” she said. “If the investigator that has this now found my daughter’s case under a pile of papers, nothing was done. They just thought my child was lying.”

Price was fired Monday, but Superintendent Frank Roberson said he wanted to wait to provide details about Price’s case until a full investigation was completed.

Rico Jackson, the president of the Barton Chapel Progressive Neighborhood Association, said the board of education has not adequately addressed Price’s case or the lack of transportation for students attending the district’s alternative program.

Students expelled from their zone schools have the option to attend the Al­ternative Education Center at Lamar to stay on track for graduation.

However the students coming from all areas of the district are not provided transportation to get to the center off Walton Way.

The student services committee discussed the issue in March, but a motion to provide buses to the school failed. Board members said the service would be too costly and transportation is a privilege lost when students misbehave.

Jackson said that is a grave injustice, and as a result, several students are not attending school at all because they do not have a way of getting there.

About 20 children and adults held signs and chanted demands for change outside the board building before its monthly meeting.

Jackson said if their pleas are not heard, there is an alternative.

“Not only are they not in school, these kids are on the streets,” Jackson said. “The bottom line is this: if we can’t change things here, we’ll change them at the next election.”

IN OTHER BUSINESS

On Tuesday, the Richmond County school board:

• Approved the Glenn Hills High School Alumni Association’s request to name the school football field after former athletics director James Quarles.

• Named Scott Kennedy, former instructional coach at Academy of Richmond County, assistant principal of Freedom Park Elementary.

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avidreader
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avidreader 09/18/13 - 05:50 am
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Optional!

"Students expelled from their zone schools have the option to attend the Al­ternative Education Center at Lamar to stay on track for graduation."

The key word here is OPTION. As a teacher, I have learned many lessons about how to discipline unruly children. One of the most successful is to inconvenience the parent. When a parent has to leave work (or some other obligation) to come to the school to pick up a child from detention hall, the child's behavior will usually improve.

If the BOE offers transportation to the alternative school then the process will become just another routine day. This school should be looked upon as EXPELLED with benefits, not a parent's right to an entitlement. If a kid cannot attend and has to repeat a grade level, then so be it.

The BOE is immensely focused on graduation rates, and this is good, but sometimes we just have to suck it up and realize that consistent discipline is a must, even if we lose that percentage point for timely graduation. Students and parents must pay the price for unruly behavior, at their expense.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/18/13 - 06:06 am
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Yeah.

And the canard a l'orange in the cafeteria was underdone yesterday.
Sheeeesh.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/18/13 - 07:21 am
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It's All About I, Me, Me, Mine

From the story:

Rico Jackson . . . said the board of education has not adequately addressed Price’s case or the lack of transportation for students attending the district’s alternative program.

Then Tracey McManus refuted Jackson's charge with facts:

The student services committee discussed the issue in March, but a motion to provide buses to the school failed. Board members said the service would be too costly and transportation is a privilege lost when students misbehave.

The board studied it, considered it, addressed it. The answer was no then; and the answer needs to stay no. The county school system must not burden county taxpayers with a new bus service to transport students from everywhere in the county to the single alternative school building. They would have to create a whole new bus system from scratch. New buses, new drivers. It's absurd.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/18/13 - 08:05 am
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Amen avid (-: Grab the parents by their attitude adjustment.
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Amen avid (-: Grab the parents by their attitude adjustment.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/18/13 - 08:07 am
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Viva Cuba! Viva Libre! The state owns the kids after 18 months.
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Viva Cuba! Viva Libre! The state owns the kids after 18 months.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/18/13 - 08:08 am
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Of course in Cuba Libre. Mama & Papa WORK everyday.
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Of course in Cuba Libre. Mama & Papa WORK everyday.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/18/13 - 08:10 am
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So many of our citizens should move to Cuba. Socialism works.
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So many of our citizens should move to Cuba. Socialism works.

Bulldog
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Bulldog 09/18/13 - 08:17 am
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Let 'em walk!

If they can't behave then let 'em walk. They don't deserve anything!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/18/13 - 08:22 am
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Not Scared Enough

When I was coming up it was hard to stay in school. Students with various physical conditions were even told they couldn't attend. If you got in trouble and were suspended you got zeros in every subject while you were gone. If you looked at teachers or principals the wrong way you were told to go home.

I had to go see an assistant principal once and he told me that he thought I wasn't scared enough talking to him. Heh. Boy, was he wrong. I was scared as when the football coach decided after I missed a snap count in a game that I was going to run wind sprints until I saw Jesus. Start kicking kids out of school and the principal will see fear in their eyes as it should be.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/18/13 - 08:26 am
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The masses are crying out for a Totalitarian State. Listen
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The masses are crying out for a Totalitarian State. Listen

mosovich
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mosovich 09/18/13 - 08:33 am
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Two edge sword with no winner..

I agree that the children shouldn't get a bus ride and the parents should be held accountable, BUT if these kids aren't in school, you know they aren't at home being saints.. If they can't behave at school, then how do you think they will behave unsupervised at home.. Then, they will fall into the "system' of doing nothing.. It's very difficult.. What really needs to come back is the old paddle.. I got one paddling at school and let me tell you to this day, I remember it and have never had any behavior problems sense.. I also got a paddling when I got home because my parents SUPPORTED the teacher!! BUT, little Johnny can't be touched, so we'll continue this downward spiral..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/18/13 - 08:35 am
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That is the answer

They need to have the dickens scared outta them....even the parents need some fear......tax dollars pay for your kid to get an education...zip--zero--nada with the transport when they misbehave....either behave or leave the building.....rally & protest all you want...one day that kid will learn you can't always get your dang way!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/18/13 - 08:36 am
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avidreader nailed it!

"The key word here is OPTION. As a teacher, I have learned many lessons about how to discipline unruly children. One of the most successful is to inconvenience the parent."

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/18/13 - 08:50 am
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Schools Are NOT Places to Keep Kids Off the Streets

Yeah, I liked what AvidReader, the teacher, said too. But I believe Mosovich is missing the point if he believes school should be there just to keep kids off the streets. It destroys the learning environment for all the good kids to have some there who don't want to learn or be there. If you want dropouts supervised start a facility that supplies strict supervision. Don't make the schools do that task in addition to trying to teach good kids.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 09/18/13 - 09:23 am
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Carpool 'em.

Why can't the Barton Chapel Neighborhood Association or the RCSS PTA members CARPOOL these BAD ____ kids to school???

The kids HAD options. They chose otherwise.

My suggestion: Create carpool groups.

Janitor: RCSS dropped the ball again.

Pops
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Pops 09/18/13 - 09:49 am
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And to think

some people in these forums do not understand the negative image Augusta-Richmond County builds every day.

It's becoming a madhouse......

noxiousfumes
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noxiousfumes 09/18/13 - 09:51 am
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I wish I could give 100 likes

I wish I could give 100 likes to avidreader. You are absolutely right! When the alternative school was at Bungalow Road, I would see dozens of students walking down Deans Bridge Road with their black/white headed to the alternative school. The school board must stick to their guns and not let whiny parents make their delinquent children duck their responsibility to learn how to behave. Actions do have consequences.

As far as the custodian issue: someone didn't vet him correctly. He must be someone's uncle, brother, nephew, etc. AKA he knew somebody. I'm a former teacher, as well, and in my dealings with the RCBOE police, they were pretty slack esp. concerning serious offenses. It doesn't surprise me at all that these incidents weren't pursued and probably ended up on somebody's desk under a pile of papers.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/18/13 - 09:56 am
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The problem you
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have is; negroes have no objection to criminal behavior i.e., marion berry, charlie "white cracker" rangel, and the soon to be released charles walker will be back in office, thanks to the black community.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 09/18/13 - 09:56 am
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Hey Monique

So you want justice ? Well, tell your parents that are complaining that if their precious "urchin" had behaved correctly, they would not be in this "fix". And could you tell me what percentage of these "cherubs" come from actual tax paying families? Buses cost money - TAX money. Don't mean to be cruel, but let's not ignore the 800 pound elephant in the room. I do agree that RCBE did drop the ball, but the person that did not do her job, apparently now works for the Sheriff's Office.

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jimmymac 09/18/13 - 10:26 am
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BUSING
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When did it become the taxpayers responsibility to bus kids to school if they act up and are expelled? Where I went to school if you were kicked out you went to "alternative" school in the county youth detention home. They knew how to handle unruly youth and took no crap from anyone. If the protestors little darlings don't want to walk then take them there yourself. It's a problem they caused themselves. Let them learn at an early age there's a cost to breaking rules.

griff6035
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griff6035 09/18/13 - 10:32 am
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Bus service

These families could move into the neighborhood, and the unruly students could walk to school. I am sure the good people of Harrisburg and other areas around Tubman would love to have them. YA THINK

countyman
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countyman 09/18/13 - 03:31 pm
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Pops.. Why would the

Pops.. Why would the Chronicle focus on printing the positive stories when some many of their readers are similar to you? I'm sure you don't want to hear about the new 60Ik SQ. FT. movie theater, or H&M.

tanbaby
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tanbaby 09/18/13 - 04:21 pm
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one day that kid will learn
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one day that kid will learn you can't always get your dang way! i would venture to say that this statement is probably wrong...because most of the kids that end up in that school are going to end up leeching off of the taxpayers and the system (one way or another--prison or otherwise) for the rest of their lives....

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JRC2024 09/18/13 - 11:03 pm
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Myself and three others I

Myself and three others I blew up a butterfinger firecracker at a ball game when in the 9th grade. They ran their mouth and got caught and then told on me. The coach wacked my butt in front of the gym class, the principal at Langford wacked it and my mother gave it to me when I got home. My parents had to come to the school and the principal gave me 60 hours of detention after school. I missed the bus ride home and my mother had to pick me up every day. No complaining from her but I sure didn't act up any more after everyone got finished with my punishment. They took care of business and these parents should stop whining and do the same because it was their children that caused the problem.

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