Rough First Days Around The Nation [And Here]

You think your first day was rough?  I have no doubt.  Here's a roundup of first-day news stories from other parts of the country to keep you company:

image from cache.gawkerassets.com"A Newton, Mass. principal had to deliver a baby on the first day of school... In Philly,171 teachers didn't even bother showing up for the first day... In Detroit, the man responsible for signing checks to the private companies that transport students was forced to wait more than 30 minutes for a school bus... Two students were shot just after leaving their first day at Mumford High School."

 The Worst First Day of School Since Last Year via Gawker

Cross-posted from TWIE.

Then again, a teacher was apparently stabbed at Pickard (Sun Times) and a Bowen sophomore was killed after school so maybe we have it worse than everyone else after all.  

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  • I wonder how many teachers were absent from CPS on the first day of school. I have a feeling its a number we wouldn't like and if we're going to fight the rampant teacher bashing we see, we need to find a way to police our own.

  • I would like to know a lot more about the teacher stabbing at Pickard. Why was this teacher all alone ending the fight? Or were there other teachers involved in some way. If staff saw the 13 year old running out the building and dumping the weapon how is it possible no one detained this student? Did this student have a history of psychological problems and were they ever addressed by CPS?

    The reason I ask this question is the claim in the Sun Times story that the 13 year old threw the weapon down the street drain and told the person following them that he had gotten rid of the weapon. That seems like the action of a pretty disturbed child who was almost frightened by his own assult. Did he think that would make it all better?

    Rod Estvan

  • more about the kid from bowen who got shot -- his dad is a youth violence prevention activist or something like that

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/09/2-teens-shot-in-south-chicago.html

  • was it a lunchroom fight that prompted the shooting? did the community watch program work

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/2691428,bowen-high-teen-first-student-killed-090910.article

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