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Bullying Is Back BIG Time At ‘Alton Central School’ (ACS), N.H., So, What Does The Administration Do …

by Anura Guruge


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They make sure kids will not have their phones with them so that they can RECORD the incident or call for HELP.


Honest. I kid you not. This is serious stuff. Could be life and death, especially given that the latest incident involved an 8th-grade boy being physically beaten by two other 8th-grade boys.

That happened last week (the week that started January 27, 2020).

It happened during a ’20-minute’, 8th Grade recess outside. Another 8th grader, who had a phone with them, recorded the whole incident.

Folks, including other parents, have seen the video. No, I have not seen it. But a friend of ours did and told us about it.

Vicious beating with foul language. 8th grade boy being beaten up by two other boys.

Yes, we know the name of all three involved. The two attackers are related (but I won’t divulge how they are related because that might prove too much of a clue to their identity). It is also the case that the parents of those involved actually know each other, socially!

Yes, I e-mailed the Principal & Assistant Principal (who I have known for years) about this incident last weekend. They as such know that I know. I urged them to take the necessary action. As I expected they did not respond.

NO TEACHERS PRESENT.

The beating is NOT broken up by any adults.

No teachers present.

The ACS Admin, extremely political savvy, was MOST distressed that there was a video of the incident! That was their main worry. That there was a video. Now they can’t spin the facts. There is a video.

So, what is the first thing they do. Make sure that kids will not have phones on them.

They do not want more videos.

What can I say.

We have no more skin in the game. We are homeschooling our 13-year old.

We spent nearly 3-years trying to minimize bullying at ACS. We thought we had succeeded. Obviously we had not. Pity.

I will monitor the situation. It would be so much better if current parents get involved. Bullying must be stopped.

What happened last Thursday was inexcusable.

Where were the teachers.

I am so glad that we have a VIDEO of it.

Please ….


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by Anura Guruge

Bullying At School, Alas, Continues To Be A Problem In New Hampshire, BUT This Was Such A Great Response.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the NH ‘WMUR’ original.


If you do a search on ‘bullying‘ on this blog you will see that we have weathered more than our fair share of bullying at school — in Alton.

We were even forced to homeschool because of bullying.

There were 2 – 3 years when we tried hard, at the School Board, level to try and get the school to respond to bullying.

This, from a 5th grader, was GREAT, BUT it was horrifying to hear the stuff they had been threatening her with. Those bullies should be in police custody.

School bullying is still a BIG problem, across the world.

We need this kind of intervention.

BRAVO. Kudos.

I had to share this with you.


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by Anura Guruge

Bullying At Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: The Twist To The Twist To The Twist — Wow, WOw, WOW Turns To ‘Oh OH!’

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


ohohRelated posts:
++++ Search on ‘bullying’ for ALL the ‘bullying at ACS’ posts >>>>

>> Bullying at Alton Central School (ACS) Raises
>> Its Vicious,
 Ugly Head Again
 — Dec. 6, 2013.
>> New Hampshire Department of Education (DOE)
>> Offers
 3rd-Party Moderator Program For
>> Bullying Cases
 
Jan. 28, 2014.
>> Major bullying case at ACS — June 6, 2014.


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Miracles never cease! Wow, WOw. WOW.
 June 30, 2014.

>> The Latest Twist: WOW! August 7, 2014.

>> Lynda Wihitehouse’s letter re. bullying of staff & teachers
>>Aug. 21, 2014.
>> Note to Lynda Whitehouse bullying letter … — Aug. 22, 2014.


The very good news to parents and kids is that I am NOT referring to an ongoing situation. Instead this is still the fallout from a very serious bullying case I brought to your attention on June 6, 2014. All of what is transpiring continues to be very good news for parents (or most of them) and kids.

Well, we are now entered a different plane altogether. I continue to be amazed ….


Bullying At Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: A Note Re. Lynda Whitehouse’s Letter.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
++++ Search on ‘bullying’ for ALL the ‘bullying at ACS’ posts >>>>

>> Bullying at Alton Central School (ACS) Raises Its Vicious,
>>Ugly Head Again
 — Dec. 6, 2013.
>> New Hampshire Department of Education (DOE) Offers
>> 3rd-Party Moderator Program For Bullying Cases Jan. 28, 2014.
>> Major bullying case at ACS — June 6, 2014.


>>
Miracles never cease! Wow, WOw. WOW.
 
June 30, 2014.

>> The Latest Twist: WOW! August 7, 2014.

>> Lynda Wihitehouse’s letter re. bullying of staff & teachers
>>Aug. 21, 2014.


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Use this link to access the original in the August 21, 2014 issue of ‘The Baysider — on page 4.


I, of course, have NO gripes with this letter.

As I said yesterday I have heard similar allegations to this from two recent ex-ACS teachers.

So don’t get me wrong. I have no issues with this letter.

Just one thing that I want to clarify, something that has bothered me, greatly, since June 30, 2014 — so much so that I have called up and spent at least 40 minutes discussing ‘it’ with the N.H. Department of Education.


Towards the end of this letter, 4th para. from bottom, is as follows (and please do check the original above or at the source).

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What she says about the students having a ‘very structured steps‘ etc. is true. She would know. She would have seen that in action.

She then also goes onto say ‘TRAINED PERSONNEL‘ in the school. In theory, and most instances in practice, this is TRUE — though you may want to check on your own whether Concord actually checks on this or enforces this. From what I was told this ‘training’ is a recommendation. But, as far as I know, and as ALWAYS I can be wrong, there are indeed some staff at ACS with the requisite and germane training. I think, but I could be very wrong, that ACS’s Assistant Principal Mikel Lachapelle is one of those that has had this training. Check this post. So all of this is good.

But here is the funny twist. It appears that ALL decisions related to bullying made at ACS can be reviewed by the School Board and if necessary overturned. That is good too. We need an hierarchical appellate process. All decent legal systems rely on this. But here is my confusion and Concord can’t or won’t help me. Are School Board Members, who are elected, TRAINED on how to handle bullying? Have they been on the same courses as Mikel Lachapelle? I DO NOT KNOW.

All I do know, because some mind-blowing official ACS letters to a parent re. bullying were sent to me, is that the ACS School Board can totally reverse and overturn bullying decisions made by the SUPPOSEDLY TRAINED ACS staff. So, hypothetically, lets say that the supposedly trained Assistant Principal Mikel Lachapelle per the ‘structured steps’ talked about by Lynda Whitehouse makes a decision about a bullying incident at ACS. It would appear that the Board could totally overrule him. I am GLAD. Nobody, not even the pope, is infallible. My question and confusion has to do with the supposed training. If the decision of a TRAINED professional is to be overturned shouldn’t the folks overturning it have equivalent, if not better, training? And to say that they consulted a lawyer doesn’t cut it. Lawyers know law. If it is that simple when it comes to bullying why bother with training. Just bring in lawyers from the get go.

Maybe this is what democracy is all about. IF so why bother with the training and the COSTS associated with it? Why don’t we just let the Board deal with ALL of the bullying cases?

I haven’t tried to raise this with the ACS folks. They have enough on the plate. Concord has no answers. They say it happens.

So, my point, is very simple. Lynda Whitehouse, QUITE CORRECTLY, talks about the ‘structured steps’ and ‘trained personnel‘ when it comes to students. She is right. What did not come across that there are further steps in this process and I am NOT sure whether those are handled by trained personnel.

That is it. I have real work to do. Cheers.


Bullying At Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: Letter By Lynda Whitehouse About Teachers And Staff!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
++++ Search on ‘bullying’ for ALL the ‘bullying at ACS’ posts >>>>

Bullying at Alton Central School (ACS) Raises Its Vicious,
Ugly Head Again
 — Dec. 6, 2013.
New Hampshire Department of Education (DOE) Offers
3rd-Party Moderator Program For Bullying Cases
Jan. 28, 2014.
Major bullying case at ACS — June 6, 2014.

Miracles never cease!
Wow, WOw. WOW.

June 30, 2014.

The Latest Twist: WOW!
August 7, 2014.

Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original. WOW!

Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original. WOW!

Use this link to access the original in the August 21, 2014 issue of
The Baysider
 — on page 4.


In the 2nd column, line 10, Lynda, who is a good writer, says, categorically “a one-man-show“.

That could be a figure of speech or it could be a pointed reference to ‘ONE MAN‘. Wonder which one it is — and if it is a POINTED reference which MAN she is pointing to. Now who could it be.


This is one heck of a letter. BRAVO Ms. Whitehouse. BRAVO.

This must have taken a LOT of courage and soul-searching — and, of course, support from many colleagues. I have heard similar, if NOT WORSE, from another ex-staff member. Actually now I think about it, I have heard similar from TWO.

Much has been happening on the ACS Bullying front this Summer.

I have, right here, ready for posting at the drop of a hat, some very damning OFFICIAL letters. They just appear in my e-mail! All of these are letters are very worrying. I have called up and spoken with the N.H. Dept. of Education — TWICE — this Summer, prompted by what I read in these letters.

What a way to start the 2014 – 2015 School Year. Tonight is the ‘Open Night’ for the kids.

The timing of this letter was not a coincidence. BRAVO, Mrs. Whitehouse.

We have tried, unsuccessfully, to raise awareness about bullying protection at Alton.

Now let me THINK. I found this in the MINUTES of a Prospect Mountain School Board meeting, April 8, 2014 meeting. Go to this Prospect Mountain page and download the 04-08-2014 School Board Minutes.

Well …

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Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: Fall 2014 — Student Drop-Off/Pick Up & Parking Map As Provided By School

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
∂∂∂∂ Search ‘ACS’ for all the ‘Alton Central School (ACS)’ related posts >>>>

++++ Search on ‘bullying’ for ALL the ‘bullying at ACS’ posts >>>>

>> Bullying at ACS, N.H.: The Latest Twist — Aug. 7, 2014.
>> Major bullying case at ACS — June 6, 2014.
>> Miracles never cease! Wow, WOw. WOW.
>>June 30, 2014.


Click to ENLARGE. As provided by ACS Administration.

Click to ENLARGE. As provided by ACS Administration.


Arrived in my e-mail. I am posting AS IS in case ACS parents need access to this over the coming weeks.

PLEASE note that this is AS provided by ACS. I am sure I can do a better rendition than this even without trying. So PLEASE don’t blame me for the poor quality of this map. Talk to the school. OK?

Enjoy. Cheers. See you tonight.


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