Letters to the Editors
Schools must put a stop to bad behavior
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 27, 2002
Editor: Re: Students tell of high sexual atmosphere, Oct. 24 Times:
Stories like this about inappropriate adolescent behavior in middle school are always upsetting, outrageous and infuriating. My concern is that students feel their complaints of such behavior will fall upon deaf ears.
Why is that? I find it hard to believe the teachers and the principal of this particular school would do nothing about such behavior if it were reported. The population of students in this school is a diverse mix, and it is not possible to know what sort of parental direction, supervision and outside influence many of these children receive.
Perhaps adolescents need to be reminded that no one has the right to invade their personal boundaries of space and that they have every right to defend that position. Further, they should expect nothing less than immediate action when such transgressions take place.
Immediate action is a more than reasonable expectation. However, in a school of more than 1,000 students, the staff is clearly outnumbered. I wonder how agreeable the School Board would be to providing the necessary resources to enable this school to take the immediate action we expect.
Veterans advocate is an angel
Editor: Re: He draws veterans' criticism and kudos, Oct. 13 Times:
What is wrong with you people?
I have a friend who is a veteran, and he tried for 20 years to get help. At times he was homeless. I took him in and fed him. He kept getting the runaround from every place he called.
If it wasn't for Hernando County Veterans Services Officer Deron Mikal's help, my friend would be dead. He had a lot of health issues and recently received a new voice box and received what was due to him.
Deron Mikal, in my book, is an angel.
There are too many disabled veterans who are homeless and do not receive the help they need. Why put down a man who has helped? Why never any good things said?
I thank him for helping my friend.
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