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Fri, Sept. 20

Letter: School bomb threat a symptom of problems at CVHS

EDITOR:

I was happy to hear that the Chino Valley Unified School District and police found the perpetrator of the bomb threat at the high school on Oct. 26. However, as a soon-to-be step-grandparent of a student there, I have some other concerns.

According to information obtained from Chino Valley High School sources, incidents of disrespect to the educational process during the past 13 months at CVHS have significantly increased. Vandalism and fighting has also increased. One classroom fight was so bad that the teacher risked his career and life by stepping in and grabbing one student, who was pounding the other student so badly the teacher was literally afraid for the other student's life.

What concerns me is the fact we are living in the post-Columbine era with a pattern of national stories of student tragedies. The lack of respect for authority and bullying are a few reasons for our broken educational system in some school districts.

At CVHS, we were told there is no on-duty police officer on the campus for the 2010-11 school year, and because of budget cuts, neither is there a security guard patrolling the campus. Consequently, teachers and students have no one to immediately help them with classroom fights and other acts of violence on the campus.

Also, there were no fire drills this year, no lock-down drills, and no bomb threat drills before the "bomb threat" incident. In fact, according to our CVHS sources, there has been only one fire drill in the past 13 months!

I find these and other problems at CVHS very troubling. I encourage other parents and citizens of Chino Valley to demand safety and campus physical upgrades before accelerated tragedies occur.

Barbara Goeser

Prescott

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