Pasadena at-risk youth program gets the boot

With supporters by his side, Keith "Sarge" Gibbs asks Pasadena Unified School District board members for a review on why his program, Commit II Achieve, a boot camp for under performing children, was removed from Muir High School during Tuesday night's board meeting, January 12, 2010 in Pasadena where the board was to decide on the parcel tax ... Full Story
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#1 Jan 24, 2010
Here it is again.... PUSD refusing to discipline students. Diaz says have to maintain "high standards."... WHAT? WHAT "high standards" in the PUSD is he talkiing about...? Same old BS.
Sve my Program

Pasadena, CA

#2 Jan 24, 2010
NO PARCEL TAX!!!

PUSD using scare tactics.
Van in Altadena

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Jan 25, 2010
This sounds like the right program for some of the kids who would likely be the ones to be disruptive in class; reinstate it!
CableNewsGuy

Pasadena, CA

#4 Jan 25, 2010
If PUSD has not officially filed abuse claims and the kids are enrolled in camp by their parents, who are we to argue. Their parents need to go to work.
Loops

Costa Mesa, CA

#5 Jan 25, 2010
These district officials don't live in our neighborhoods, so what do they care if the kids turn to crime and violence. They won't be directly affected by it.

The district should bail them out of jail or worse...pay for their funeral when these kids end up there.

Shame on you PUSD!

(If they suspected physical punishment, they should've reported it.)
pasadena resident

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Jan 25, 2010
He should have started it in elementary schools and when parents tell principals to stop 'bugging' them about their bad behaved kids put them through it too!
----abc

Orange, CA

#7 Jan 25, 2010
I think a couple of punks in this neighborhood would definitely BENEFIT from this program.Why? Because I see to many of these punks talking back to the PARENTS that ARE trying to discipline them ! In fact, some of these parents that do have children in juvenile incarceration should also be made to take Mr. Gibbs course.
Laterz

Villa Corona, Mexico

#8 Jan 25, 2010
Sarge is cool as hell.
DaFish

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Jan 25, 2010
Eliminate PSUD!! It's worst than LAUSD. And by the way, no parcel tax for those morons...
PUSD 101

Pasadena, CA

#10 Jan 25, 2010
The man deserves answers - not BS!
RDW

Pasadena, CA

#11 Jan 25, 2010
Okay, so help me with this. We have a growing group of young people falling between the cracks. These same young people, more than likely would be dismissed from their respective schools for a myriad of reasons. They would potentially be hanging out in the streets involved in other anti-social behavior requiring police intervention. On the flip side, we have a program, whether you call it a boot camp, scared straight or something else, that has been providing assistance to these youngsters and in turn showing them a purpose for their lives. Now I admit I don't know the details of why Community BASE was booted out but from where I stand, it appears Former Marine Sergeant Gibbs has a good mix of love, attention and discipline which is developing honor, integrity, and strength of character; something that is sorely lacking in today's youth...and unfortunately in several adults as well. Now if Former Marine Sergeant Gibbs has violated some rule, regulation, law or has endangered youth, I must concur with PUSD. But if he hasn't, why not support and assist him as he strives to save our youth...or am I missing something???
Equal justice for all

San Dimas, CA

#12 Jan 26, 2010
I tried to warn ya Keith....
They cannot be trusted. I'll bet you got stabbed in the back. Otherwise, where's the proof?
There is no proof, it's all political.

OK folks, Keith needs a new home for his program.
We know the community needs this program. What alternatives are there? Expulsion? Jail? If the PUSD doesn't recognize the value here, we have a new problem.. No on the parcel tax.. After the last two measures, No.

Anybody got a place for Keith's program?
-----abc

Anaheim, CA

#13 Jan 26, 2010
No PARCEL TAX !!! And allow Sargent Gibbs to continue his program,because "it ain`t broke" !!! This is a story that definitely needs MEDIA ATTENTION,because it is a positive article. I saw him a couple of times working with the youths.I was tempted to ask if I could do the exercises with them.I saw no harm to anyone.The kids didn`t look unhappy either.They were attentive and in order.Maybe these politicians could use the workout so that they can come to their senses.
Ben

Tremont, PA

#14 Jan 26, 2010
Gibbs is out of uniform.
Lisa

Carmichael, CA

#15 Jan 26, 2010
Another reason to vote NO on the parcel tax. PUSD allows "feel good" programs in the schools with little or no questions asked.

NO PARCEL TAX.

“a good community is OUR job”

Since: Mar 09

Pasadena

#16 Jan 26, 2010
Loops wrote:
The district should bail them out of jail or worse...pay for their funeral when these kids end up there.
Why should the public pay bail for kids bad behavior?

Let's get back to holding kids responsible for their actions.

I like the idea of these boot camps, but I think they should be FUNDED BY THE OFFENDERS!!

Give kids a warning or light punishment first time they sc.rew up. Second offense, mandatory boot camp paid for by the child or child's family. Funding problem solved. I guarantee, after the rigors of boot camp and the financial wallop of paying the money for it... there will be few repeat offenders.

NO PARCEL TAX. Make the kids pay to goto boot camp.
ImJustSayin

Altadena, CA

#17 Jan 26, 2010
PUSD needs to release the accusations and make them public. What is really going on behind the scene? There are those who know...let the truth be told...it ain't pretty but it's time to TELL THE TRUTH and let the chips fall where they may for the health, safety and protection of all the PUSD students. There is a whole lot more to this story that is NOT being told....What is done in the dark usually comes out...Keep pushing for the truth and it WILL come out....just remember YOU ASKED FOR IT....
Black American

Los Angeles, CA

#18 Jan 26, 2010
Equal justice for all wrote:
I tried to warn ya Keith....
They cannot be trusted. I'll bet you got stabbed in the back. Otherwise, where's the proof?
There is no proof, it's all political.
OK folks, Keith needs a new home for his program.
We know the community needs this program. What alternatives are there? Expulsion? Jail? If the PUSD doesn't recognize the value here, we have a new problem.. No on the parcel tax.. After the last two measures, No.
Anybody got a place for Keith's program?
With the name Diaz in charge, how much do you want to bet that a new program will pop up with a Hispanic counselor.
KidsRpeople2

Erin, TN

#19 Jan 29, 2010
It is a "dirty little secret" that children continue to be struck with boards for School "Discipline" purposes in 20 PREDOMINANTLY SOUTHERN states, while in stark contrast it is Illegal for school employees to practice physical/corporal punishment on children in schools in 30 states! It is a dangerous practice that is not evidence based and puts the U.S. at odds with over 100 countries that have banned it.
The Southern Education Foundation recently issued a report that the South is the First U.S. Region with a Majority of Low-Income (living in Poverty) and Minority Students in Southern Schools, that a large number of graduates will come from educational deprivation, which will have enormous implications.
School Physical/Corporal Punishment is related to the discrepancy in achievement scores for African American children. The U.S. Department of Education committee announced two years ago that addressing the achievement gap is a high priority in LNCB reauthorization. African American children represent l7 percent of the school population and receive 36 percent of the paddlings.

It was reported that there were nearly 60,000 spankings in Miss. schools last year. Ouch! For the second time in a month, a school district in Leflore County has been hit with a $500,000 (each) lawsuit from a student alleging injuries from a paddling. It was reported that a state legal adviser, told Bristol, Tennessee Director of School that while school principals who paddled students were legally protected from allegations of assault, they were not immune from accusations of inappropriate or improper touching.
School boards are asking for trouble to sanction a practice that is intended to inflict pain.
Our nation's most prominent and trusted National Children's Health and Education Organizations have issued official position statements OPPOSING Physical/Corporal Punishment of Children in SCHOOLS including Am Medical Assn (AMA), Am Academy of Pediatricians, Am Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Am Academy of Family Physicians, Am Bar Assn, Ntnl(PTA),(NAACP), Ntnl Mental Health Assn and Prevent Child Abuse America among others.

People with SPANKING FETISHES work in occupations that give them access to children like hospitals, schools, boy scouts, etc. and over 2,500 teachers were punished in a 5 year period since 2000 for inappropriate sexual relations with our nation's school children, and women teachers are sexually preying on children at an increasingly alarming rate, which is why PHYSICAL/CORPORAL PUNISHMENT OF CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS MUST BE ABOLISHED IMMEDIATELY!
Controversy is raging as evidenced by media coverage of 3 Multi-Million Dollar College Football Coaches FIRED since the end of the season for Abusing College STUDENT Athletes.
Teachers and coaches are not required to adhere to any standard "Code of Ethics".
Let us hope all the media attention regarding abuse of students by those paid to be entrusted with their care and education will result in pressure on U.S. Government Officials and local Politicians to stop ignoring Children's Fundamental Human Rights by ABOLISHING Physical/Corporal Punishment of Children in Schools Immediately, the cost is $0! Please contact your Governor/State Legislators/U.S. Congress Representatives to demand legislation to ABOLISH Phyical/Corporal Punishment of ALL Children/Students in ALL SCHOOLS and visit the Center for Effective Discipline website for Alternative Discipline strategies, maps of School Paddling States, Laws and statistics regarding number of children/students physically punished in SCHOOLS.
you are boring

Pasadena, CA

#20 Jan 29, 2010
KidsRpeople2 wrote:
It is a "dirty little secret" that children continue to be struck with boards for School "Discipline" purposes in 20 PREDOMINANTLY SOUTHERN states, while in stark contrast it is Illegal for school employees to practice physical/corporal punishment on children in schools in 30 states! It is a dangerous practice that is not evidence based and puts the U.S. at odds with over 100 countries that have banned it.
The Southern Education Foundation recently issued a report that the South is the First U.S. Region with a Majority of Low-Income (living in Poverty) and Minority Students in Southern Schools, that a large number of graduates will come from educational deprivation, which will have enormous implications.
School Physical/Corporal Punishment is related to the discrepancy in achievement scores for African American children. The U.S. Department of Education committee announced two years ago that addressing the achievement gap is a high priority in LNCB reauthorization. African American children represent l7 percent of the school population and receive 36 percent of the paddlings.
It was reported that there were nearly 60,000 spankings in Miss. schools last year. Ouch! For the second time in a month, a school district in Leflore County has been hit with a $500,000 (each) lawsuit from a student alleging injuries from a paddling. It was reported that a state legal adviser, told Bristol, Tennessee Director of School that while school principals who paddled students were legally protected from allegations of assault, they were not immune from accusations of inappropriate or improper touching.
School boards are asking for trouble to sanction a practice that is intended to inflict pain.
Our nation's most prominent and trusted National Children's Health and Education Organizations have issued official position statements OPPOSING Physical/Corporal Punishment of Children in SCHOOLS including Am Medical Assn (AMA), Am Academy of Pediatricians, Am Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Am Academy of Family Physicians, Am Bar Assn, Ntnl(PTA),(NAACP), Ntnl Mental Health Assn and Prevent Child Abuse America among others.
People with SPANKING FETISHES work in occupations that give them access to children like hospitals, schools, boy scouts, etc. and over 2,500 teachers were punished in a 5 year period since 2000 for inappropriate sexual relations with our nation's school children, and women teachers are sexually preying on children at an increasingly alarming rate, which is why PHYSICAL/CORPORAL PUNISHMENT OF CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS MUST BE ABOLISHED IMMEDIATELY!
Controversy is raging as evidenced by media coverage of 3 Multi-Million Dollar College Football Coaches FIRED since the end of the season for Abusing College STUDENT Athletes.
Teachers and coaches are not required to adhere to any standard "Code of Ethics".
Let us hope all the media attention regarding abuse of students by those paid to be entrusted with their care and education will result in pressure on U.S. Government Officials and local Politicians to stop ignoring Children's Fundamental Human Rights by ABOLISHING Physical/Corporal Punishment of Children in Schools Immediately, the cost is $0! Please contact your Governor/State Legislators/U.S. Congress Representatives to demand legislation to ABOLISH Phyical/Corporal Punishment of ALL Children/Students in ALL SCHOOLS and visit the Center for Effective Discipline website for Alternative Discipline strategies, maps of School Paddling States, Laws and statistics regarding number of children/students physically punished in SCHOOLS.
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