School’s in session: A mob attack and a murder

By Dave Gibson
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U.S. public schools have been back in session for a little more than a week, and the body count is already mounting.

On Monday, September 14, there was a 17-year-old student on a school bus in Belleville, IL mercilessly beaten while others looked on and cheered. With every blow landed in the unprovoked attack, the savage mob yelled “Boom, boom, boom.”

Though police may disagree, that ugly incident was obviously motivated by racism. The victim was white, while the assailants were black.

The following day, on Tuesday, Cuban immigrant Juan Carlos Rivera, 17, was stabbed to death at Coral Gables High School in Miami. Police arrested fellow student, Andy Rodriguez, 17, for the murder. Rodriguez now sits in a jail cell, more than likely facing the rest of his life behind bars.

Apparently, the murder was the result of a fight over a girl.

The next day, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle aptly assessed the sad situation, when she told reporters: “Two lives lost. Futures destroyed. Families torn apart. Grief everywhere. Every parent today must have had a lot of anxiety about sending their kids to school.”

I have a friend who teaches at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, VA. She is of Asian descent and recently told me that in the last week, several of her students have been hurling racial insults her way. She has been called “gook,” “slant eye,” “chink,” and many things which I cannot write here.

Though she tells me that her school administrators are very supportive of her, she also reports that the foul-mouthed delinquents face very minor, if any consequences for their racist behavior.

While we often hear politicians touting our public schools and voicing their support for those schools, the reality is that a great many of our schools have become truly dangerous places (also the reason most of those politicians send their children to private schools).

What follows are a few tragic facts which illustrate the violence now facing both students and teachers in this nation’s public schools: Full story.


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