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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