Friday, November 11, 2011
Mt. Hope High School leaders finally told a student why she had been suspended, then told her she can return to school on Monday.
A Mt. Hope High School sophomore who was suspended from school without much of an explanation has finally been given an explanation and told she can come back to school – two days earlier than expected. According to sophomore Desaray Skac and her parents, the day after Patch posted an article about her seven-day suspension without an explanation, a Mt. Hope dean of students reached out to Desaray's mother, Mary Skac, to inform her that Desaray had received an extended suspension due to an ongoing investigation regarding threats allegedly made on Facebook. Though Desaray denies making the threats and her mother claims she has been monitoring her Facebook since she was suspended, school administrators offered Skac the opportunity to sit down…
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
One Mt. Hope High School student's parents are frustrated by the lack of communication from school administrators while their daughter is kicked out of school.
Parents of a suspended Mt. Hope High School student are outraged and confused by the way school officials have handled their daughter's suspension and the recent "Juggalo" incident. "We don't even understand why she is being punished in the first place," said Mark Andrade, the father of sophomore Desaray Skac, who was suspended from Mt. Hope High School last week. According to Andrade and Desaray's mother, Mary Skac, the school administration has left them in the dark as to why Desaray was suspended to begin with, nor why the suspension has been extended twice, to a total of seven days. Skac says the whirlwind of confusion began last Thursday, after she received a call about her daughter wearing clown-like makeup to school, followed by a …
Saturday, November 5, 2011
A Juggalo at Mt. Hope High School seeks to set the record straight.
In light of all of the media and rumors surrounding a fight at Mt. Hope High School involving a member of a group of friends known as Juggalos, one Mt. Hope Juggalo sat down with Patch to set the record straight about his group of friends. Michael Pavao of Warren says "the Juggalo thing" has been blown way out of proportion by the school, parents and kids in school since a fight broke out between two students in the bus circle, landing one of Pavao's best friends in the hospital. "The student body has looked at it like we’re a gang, and we don’t understand that," Pavao said. "We’re not a gang, we're just being ourselves." He says he doesn't understand why he and his friends have been targeted by the student body for being fans of the …
Friday, November 4, 2011
Father says his son suffers from a concussion, fractured nose and many bumps and bruises.
Joe Stephens Sr., the father of the victim in Thursday's after-school fight at Mt. Hope High School, plans to get even with the assailant, but not with violence. Stephens says he has been in contact with Bristol Police and Rhode Island State Police officers all day, and is disgusted that the boy who put his son in the hospital was only charged with assault. "He got beat up because of the music he listens to," he said. "To me, that is a hate crime." Stephens says officers told him that his son was hit once, but after seeing his son's injuries, he thinks there is more to the story. "He has loose teeth, cuts on his face and was a complete mess when I first saw him," he said. "There's an abrasion on his neck and a huge bump that takes up his …
Letter to the editor from a "Juggalo" member at Mt. Hope High School.
Friday, November 4, 2011
The following is a letter that was sent to Patch from a female who claims to be part of the "Juggalo" group at Mt. Hope High School. Her email was received at 4:58 am on Friday, Nov. 4: To be honest I'm a Juggalo, well a Juggalette to be honest. You know all the people that call ICP a terrible band and say that we aint shit or never going to be amount to anything are the same people that get in our face and talk shit to us and say terrible things about us, our family, and friends. Yeah we put up with it but there is only so much abuse a person can take for being who they are. I'm not making an excuse for those of us that get violent and strike back at those who strike us first. I dont know why they do, though we are who we are, we accept …
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Life changing lessons often times come from our own children.
As a life coach, I read books on peace of mind, positive thinking, attitudinal healing and so forth. I obtain my reading materials through the Rogers Free Library. Here I take my 5-year-old, who was not yet old enough for kindergarten at the start of the year, and the baby, who comes with me everywhere. I allow my son to pick out books and play in the children’s room as I look up a specific topic on the computer catalog, as the baby sleeps peacefully in the stroller. I jot down the Dewey decimal number of the books I can look for upstairs in the nonfiction section of the library and request whichever books I can from other libraries in the state to be picked up in Bristol. Being a mother of five I have come to realize that there are …