Regarding The Post’s coverage on mental health and the issue of screening public school students, I have been a special education teacher since 1977. I have seen an increase in anger issues, severe behavior problems and stress-related personal problems in children of all ages. I don’t think that children have changed all that much, but the stress that they are under has gotten worse.
As for teachers being asked to identify and handle mental health problems of children, this is a dangerous and unreasonable request. Not only are educators not trained in advanced psychology and crisis intervention, educating and getting to familiarize themselves with 135-plus students every day is a task in itself. Many times I have reported behaviors that I considered inappropriate or dangerous, only to be told, “He is your problem from 7 until 3, so don’t call me at work.” Training to identify and treat these children takes many years of post-graduate research, and would require personnel numbers that would be financially impossible to fund, either federally or locally.
I am saddened about the children in turmoil, and I hope that there are eventually answers to help find the causes and treatment before the suicide numbers go up. But asking teachers to do more than help identify possible children in trouble and referring them to the proper professionals is asking for trouble, both legally and professionally. Leave the teaching to teachers, and treatment to mental health professionals.
Don’t build stadium
on taxpayers’ backs
Regarding “Sports teams face ranking to get money,” why should taxpayers have to pay for construction of stadiums, repairs
and renovations? If you want to own a team, you should have to pay for everything that goes into it. It’s a business; they make a profit and don’t share it with taxpayers. When I buy a car, the state doesn’t pay for my gas, tires and repairs.
teacher lacks muscle
The Palm Beach County School Board once again demonstrates its lack of integrity and spine in its ridiculous 10-day suspension of rogue Suncoast High School Band Director Ernest Brown.
The school board has decided that Mr. Brown’s family vacation to Europe at the school’s expense was no big deal. On his next trip, he should take along School Board Vice Chairwoman Debra Robinson, in appreciation for her phony “evidence in the trunk” ploy, which helped stall the investigation. It is also quite likely that the fear of a lawsuit intimidated the school board, certainly not known for its fortitude when faced with pressure and demonstrations by friends and family of Mr. Brown. This is a sad but predictable end to this sordid affair.
gone too far in listing
I was surprised by the description of the Delray Beach “City egg hunt planned for March 30” in the “In Your Community” section. Have we gone so far around the political correctness bend that the Easter Bunny has been reduced to “a large costumed rabbit?” If so, it is a sad day. What is next? Referring to St. Patrick as “that snake wrangler from across the ocean?”
still spout nonsense
In John Lantigua’s article last week about The GEO Group withdrawing its $6 million donation to name the stadium, he noted that tenured FAU associate professor James Tracy suggested on his blog that the Newtown shootings had never taken place. Really? Is he an idiot or simply a moron?
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust, but we all know he’s a nut. Does tenure allow a professor to blurt nonsense without recrimination? I guess it does. That’s the trouble with tenure.
Fining Marine for
Why is there such a ridiculous price ($400) applied to patriotism in Hypoluxo (“Marine told flagpole not to code?”)
A courageous Marine has served his country well, and a great many people are asking the same question. Yes, I am a very proud veteran. I remember vividly the action(s) former Gov. Jeb Bush took to settle a similar type of action in the town of Jupiter. Perhaps Gov. Rick Scott could be encouraged to participate.
While there has already been at least one offer to pay the bill for a flagpole that meets code, I am sure there are thousands more willing to participate. It makes me wonder what the price is to conduct a mass demonstration in front of the town hall to say that this action is unacceptable.
Sequester cuts will
hurt poor, middle class
Two recent letters concerning the sequester caught my attention.
Both claimed that cutting the federal budget is a good thing, and to a certain extent I can’t argue with that. One letter, though, blamed the president for the sequester, when the truth is that he was blackmailed into it by Republicans over the debt ceiling.
The real disaster here falls on the poor, the working poor and the middle class. Closing airport towers — that was delayed on Friday — may inconvenience people who own private planes, but what about the controller who has mortgage payments and car payments? A friend whose son served five tours in three war zones is now stationed overseas with his family. The base schools have had the school week cut to three days. In addition, a program that allowed him to gain college credits has been canceled.
This situation reminds me of the second Iraq War. Eight percent of the country said, “Bring it on!” based on little or no real thought as to the results. Here we are once again with the sequester, extremists on both sides giving little or no consideration to the result.
Public record laws
need to be revised
Regarding “Millionaire tests records law in daughter’s DUI case,” as a former public official, I remember the anxiety our agency experienced when forced to comply with the Florida Public Records provision. I and my colleagues believed in a transparent and responsive government. However, given the nature of the services we provided at the time, it was evident that this law could promote abuse and compliance confusion.
The article highlights my point and our collective fears at the time: frivolous request designed to tie up resources for the sake of doing so. Even worse, the law in some instances is used by less-than-talented attorneys as a vehicle to seize upon smaller municipalities’ inability to comply with the law in a timely fashion, resulting in an award of unearned attorney’s fee(s) at the expense of the taxpayer. Florida legislators need to revisit this provision, to ensure that requests of this nature do not unfairly burden public agencies.
West Palm Beach
More deputies appear
to be trigger happy
Regarding “Cop who shot knife-wielder a 6-year vet,” it seems that, all too often, there is report of a fatal shooting by a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy. Shortly thereafter, we hear that the shooting is deemed justifiable — usually by Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.
Many of these shootings seem to be precipitated by the deputy’s belief that the alleged criminal was “reaching for a weapon,” and then it turns out that this not the case, as in the most recent tragedy. I understand that deputies are often in harm’s way and need to be hyper-vigilant, but are they trained to shoot first in every situation? Many of these officers seem to be trigger-happy or poorly trained.
If someone does not immediately raise his hands or reaches for a driver license, should he be shot? I think this is an issue that needs to be examined by the community, not the sheriff’s office.
Cop shooting curbed
possible worse outcome
I feel compelled to defend our Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and the department regarding the shooting of the individual who was threatening to kill his wife (“Cop who shot knife-wielder a 6-year vet.”)
The wife, who stated that her husband was going to kill her, called 911 for help. And help arrived promptly. The wife then stated, “They didn’t have to kill him.” You are correct, my dear. They didn’t have to kill him. They could have let him kill you instead. Then we’d have a different story to tell.
West Palm Beach