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Osbourn HS: Who Is Responsible?

By Greg L | 20 December 2010 | Manassas City | 17 Comments

Although the idea of a school security officer, whose job involves keeping drugs out of school was caught allegedly sharing bong hits with one of his Osbourn High School colleagues recently, perhaps the more troubling questions involve what was going on with the alleged dope-smoking buddy, Aaron Bauknight, who was a business teacher and assistant basketball coach at the school.  After several recent instances of seeing Osbourn teachers sexually abuse their students, just how is it possibly acceptable that you have students actually living with their teachers under any circumstance?  How is it they have DWI convictions and are still teachers?

In such a permissive environment, you really have to wonder if the leadership at the school is asleep at the switch, and if the school board is exercising any level of oversight at all.  Someone is ultimately responsible for this problem.

No school in the area is such a fertile source of disturbing rumors.  Teachers dealing drugs to kids.  A principal who never seems to be around, and has become the butt of endless jokes for being somewhat of an absentee landlord.   Constant reports of gang activity.  Now these are all rumors and there’s no proof that any of this is actually happening, but when two teachers get convicted of sexually abusing students in the past three years, teen suicide becomes a significant problem and academic performance isn’t where it should be, rumors like these start to become plausibly explanatory.

It really might be time for parents to start getting off their duffs and start demanding some structural improvements in the school leadership to put an end to this depressingly frequent dribbling of disheartening stories that come out of Osbourn.  If the principal is inadequate, the school board isn’t exercising the proper oversight.  If the school board isn’t doing its job, the parents aren’t holding their elected officials accountable.  Really, when you get down to it in local government, when there’s a problem the ultimate reason it exists is staring back at you from the other side of the mirror.

So wake up call time, parents.  When are YOU going to stop employing dope smoking teachers, ineffective school administrators, and elected officials that are content to let problems go unresolved indefinitely?  Tomorrow?  Today?  When?

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  1. Love the USA said on 20 Dec 2010 at 9:02 pm:
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    Well said

  2. Get Bullwinkle! said on 20 Dec 2010 at 9:14 pm:
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    I see this happen before with sports coach. He get student to live with him so student will be on basketball or football team and then make up very tearful story to explain why this is happening. This is very common.

    I see that student just happens to be basketball player. I wonder how many sports coaches have taken in students who are not athletes. Never happened? What a coincidence.

    I also have to wonder how many children who are supposed to be homeless are taken in by teachers who are not sports coaches. What? It does not ever happen? What another coincidence. Very amazing how these coincidences seem to happen.

    If this teacher was teaching business to students I can only imagine who was writing the book he was using. Maybe Joseph Stalin talking about how to manage by breaking rules, even if it means killing fifty million of your own people. Pol Pot talking about radical transformations? Or maybe Bernie Madoff talking about how to be good at marketing. Seems to all be the sort of way this teacher was acting.

  3. Red, White and Blue said on 20 Dec 2010 at 10:34 pm:
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    Excellent report Greg. You set the challenge for parents and all voters.

  4. Jack said on 20 Dec 2010 at 10:52 pm:
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    High schoolers should be learning advanced maths and science not “business,” “marketing,” “fashion merchandising,” and all the other bs classes taught by people with no success in the respective fields.

    Let’s get back to dress code, discipline, and core subjects for both students and teachers.

    And for goodness sakes, if you only work for 9 months, why would you expect to make $100 Gs a year as a teacher?

  5. legal2 said on 21 Dec 2010 at 6:43 am:
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    They might be dyslexic thinking “drug free zone” was “free drug zone”. Remedial reading is in order. :-)

  6. KK said on 21 Dec 2010 at 9:04 am:
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    I hear the school board in the City does not take emails from parents but has them go through Dr. Pope, can this be confirmed? Where is the outrage from parents on this?

  7. Freedom said on 21 Dec 2010 at 10:04 am:
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    Tax credits for parents who would like to send their children to private schools (and for those who aready do, of course) would create competition and solve lots and lots of problems.

  8. Anonymous said on 21 Dec 2010 at 3:31 pm:
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    Tax credits? I think not. If you want better then you should pay for better. If you can’t afford better then you get what everyone else gets.

  9. Pat said on 21 Dec 2010 at 8:42 pm:
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    so, you would fire a teacher for getting a DWI? Really. I do not condone any one would would drink and drive, but fire them - really. Would you also fire them for reckless driving (what is the difference?).

  10. WThell? said on 21 Dec 2010 at 10:38 pm:
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    GREAT points, Greg! You should send this report in to the Manassas Journal Messenger/Potomac News.
    This is so getting out of hand. I correct myself…it has been out of control for several years now.
    Disgusting!!! And SCARY!!!

  11. Freedom said on 23 Dec 2010 at 8:33 am:
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    …but “anonymous,” why not improve education for everyone by creating competition and a challenge for the government monopoly? Unfortunately, too many are satisfied with letting our young people “do with what they’ve got” — afterall, it was good enough for me…:(

  12. Lindy said on 27 Dec 2010 at 1:09 pm:
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    To KK…..send an email to any one of the school board members and note who the signature of reply is. According to the SB Policies & Regulations page, in 1978 the policy was adopted for superintendent to determine how community communication between school board members should be handled. This is not a just for parents only concern. It’s time for all of us to wake up and get involved.

    Parents and kids are somewhat held hostage when they are in this system. The gag rule of sorts apply. If taxpayers of all ages began to speak out at city council meetings and school board meetings about the foul play that is and has been going on for quite some time and being tolerated in our schools, the light would blow the door wide open for a thorough disinfecting.

  13. Brian G said on 27 Dec 2010 at 2:17 pm:
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    What “foul play that is and has been going on for quite some time and being tolerated in our schools” are you talking about?

  14. Concerned Dad said on 27 Dec 2010 at 2:43 pm:
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    @ Brian G,
    How about a high drop out rate, teacher sex and drug scandals that parents have been complaing about for years, spanish gangs in the schools, and last but not least a school board (and many parents) that deny any problems, tiime to wake people!

  15. Freedom said on 28 Dec 2010 at 7:47 am:
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    …but don’t think for a minute that the PWC schools are any better managed!! There is just NEVER enough money, yet school employees got a 3% salary increase while county employees got no increase, many residents were and still are without jobs, the housing market was and still is through the floor, and county revenue was and still is down.

    I am just so sick of the CONTINUAL whining for more money to pay for experimental education programs, higher teacher salaries and if you don’t support the higher salaries, you just simply don’t care about our children. Hogwash!! All of this after the PWCSB spent an absolute FORTUNE on the EXTREMELY lavish administrative building.
    We need a massive turn around.

  16. Lindy said on 2 Jan 2011 at 5:00 pm:
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    Thank you Concerned Dad. You took the words from my mouth. No need to to repeat it for Brian G.

  17. Lilly said on 7 Jan 2011 at 3:37 pm:
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    Good on you for including supporting links. This teacher needs to be given the boot, and the whole high school administration pruned down and replaced with a functional one.

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