• This just makes my blood boil. What do you think should be done to kids, or anyone else for that matter, that vandalize a school?
  • "Ideal for bust and raid situations. Great for evidence collection..." Albuquerque police may start wearing teeny tiny cameras.
  • Let's change gears. A great story about Albuquerque Meals on Wheels.
  • A big giant bummer to all those Peter Frampton and Yes fans. Anyone know if they are rescheduling and coming back to Albuquerque?
  • I think the Albuquerque Meals on Wheels trucks should get in line for this!

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Comment by Stephanie James on July 8, 2010 at 8:42am
I think the kids who vandalize should have to do the work to clean it all up and/or complete any repairs.
Comment by Benny the Icepick on July 8, 2010 at 10:43am
Re: Cameras,
Assuming the cameras will be on all the time, it would also be great in improving accountability, preventing police brutality, and helping train officers in how to improve their police work.
Comment by Barelas Babe on July 8, 2010 at 1:38pm
Would cameras at the schools be a better deterrent than fining parents? Just wondering.
Comment by Dulce on July 8, 2010 at 1:46pm
Granjero - Really? Cameras at Starbucks drivethru? Uh, oh...

Barelas Babe - I think cameras at school would be a good idea. I'm guessing that the majority of vandalism at schools is by students.

Robert S. - I didn't check the Frampton site...interesting.
Comment by Krista on July 8, 2010 at 5:45pm
Barelas Babe, I wonder what would be the best route to take, because kiddos should not be allowed to act in such a manner and feel they can get away with it--only allows for that entitlement to go on in their lives. I just worry about what the burden would be on parents if say, they had a lot of children or were taking care of older relatives and paying for the medical care. Maybe make the students work it off somehow--community service and for sure having to clean up their own mess.
Comment by Hunter on July 9, 2010 at 8:32am
Work it off? Really? Even $2500 at minimum wage equals about 300 hours. Maybe we could pay them $25/hr? How about the employee who just got fired for stealing from APS. Let him work it off? How about a good, old fashioned suspension or expulsion for those students? When are we going to get back to focusing our attention on the "good" kids and return to running schools as an educational institution instead of a social service agency?
Comment by Krista on July 9, 2010 at 9:45am
What does suspension or expulsion do for "bad" kids?? At least through community service they might find something that inspires them and be helping someone other than themselves for a bit. I agree with you that sometimes focusing more on the troubled kids than the "good" kids lets some fall through the cracks, but you also can't turn your back on students who need help.
Comment by Hunter on July 9, 2010 at 9:58am
It's not about what is does for the "bad" kids. It's about that big group of "followers" in the middle. When there are no consequences for bad behavior, then kids will do what kids do and behave badly. Sorry, but I guess I have an "old school" attitude that if you're not interested in learning, you're don't belong in school. Sometimes the adage about horses and water isn't really about horses.
Comment by Krista on July 9, 2010 at 11:20am
I don't know--there are more factors than just the student--socio-economic, family support and encouragement, friends, the school itself, etc. Maybe these students just haven't found someone who truly believes in them yet. If you're told enough that you're bad, that's all you'll ever be able to believe. I guess I look at my sister's students (she teaches special education and always has a handful of behavior problem students) and just think that if they didn't have her, not many people would care for them and their needs. It's hard for me to say, "oh, just give up on those who we shouldn't waste our time investing in." Everyone deserves the same opportunities, but they're not evenly distributed and I think everyone realizes that, so some people need more attention.

That is quite a tangent, but just my thoughts.

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