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Fix/take care of unprofessional teaching and unjust practices at CHS

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I am a current senior at Colville High School and quite frankly things at Colville High School have gotten out of hand. Teachers and staff members have been brushing things off to the side like they are no big deal. Students that are somebody, or who's parents are someone in this town or that are in some sort of sports program get special privileges. Such as not having to work hard for the grades they receive. Teachers will tell students that if they show up each day and get to class on time they will keep their grade up above passing so that these certain students will not get flagged from the team. As well as this issue there is others such as Students are getting bullied and picked on to the point that there afraid to say anything. Especially because the track record with our school is that things will get covered up and not be taken care of. This is a proven fact because with myself as an example I had to have my parents come into the Junior High School to talk to the principal until after the fifth visit by them and me taking matters into my own hands was something finally done. The problem still persist as I have gone through the last four years at CHS and noticed multiple issues that something should have been done and wasn't. Another example would be that at the beginning of the year we had a school wide assembly and we were told not to bring our pocket knifes to school. No matter what. Not a month and half later I was siting in one of my classes and noticed that a student was using a knife in class while our teacher talked. The teacher noticed and asked the student to bring the knife up to her desk and return to his seat. A few minutes before class ended the teacher returned the knife to the student and asked that it not be brought back and that the teacher did not want to see it again. It was all because of who the student was and that the teachers felt that the policy didn't apply. For reference here is the policy for weapons straight from our school handbook. Possession of a Dangerous Weapon: Possession or bringing and/or transferring weapons such as, but not limited to: knives, multi-tools, martial arts weapons, or any other weapons, flammables, explosives, and/or any object that poses physical danger to the health and/or safety of students and faculty, including all replicas. This encompasses all school property to include the school bus and any school related activity. The administration reserves the right to determine the degree and level at which the violation will be handled. Consequences for possession of weapons on campus will be determined based on a case by case basis. Consequences can range from confiscation of the weapon to emergency expulsion. Confiscated items will only be released to parents. And here is the link to our schools handbook. http://www.colsd.org/cms/lib6/WA01001008/Centricity/Domain/89/CHS Student Handbook 13-14 final.pdf One other example is that just the other day a student was writing a paper in an English class. At the top a quote was made by the student that was a slur against gay students and that they would like to see them shot. A student that over heard this got very upset and said things to these other students and she was the only one to get in trouble. The other kids escaped free and clear of any ramifications. Last but not least. Teachers at CHS have been part of the harassment issue as well. just today I, along with a fellow student, was told by a substitute teacher that my entire senior class had anger issues and that we all needed mental help. He then for next hour and half asked me if I was still in a bad mood, and continued to not care about what was wrong. I have talked to many student and they feel the same about this teacher and that he is not a professional in the way he acts around the students. At CHS there is also a harassment section in our hand book and we the students at CHS feel that it has not been followed at all. Below is the harassment section along with the link. Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying: The district is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers, and patrons that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. Harassment, intimidation or bullying is any intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act that: • Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or • Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school. Conduct that may rise to the level of harassment, intimidation and/or bullying may can take many forms, including, but not limited to: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, ostracism, physical attacks or threats, gestures, or acts relating to an individual group whether electronic, written, oral, or physically transmitted messages or images. “Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the actions. http://www.colsd.org/cms/lib6/WA01001008/Centricity/Domain/89/CHS Student Handbook 13-14 final.pdf This is a big issue and it needs fixed. Please let this be known to the public so that there will be a change. Thank You Student at Colville High School.



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