Safety In The Schools A Victim Of The Blackboard Jungle

The horror that happened at Mifflin
High School in Columbus, Ohio, is happening in public
schools everywhere.

While the names and ages of the
young victims vary, one thing is constant across the
country: Spineless

education bureaucrats
more concerned about covering
their hides than protecting innocent children from harm.

On March 9, according to press
reports, a

developmentally disabled girl
told Mifflin school
officials that four boys dragged her into the school
auditorium, punched her in the head and face, pushed her
to her knees, and forced her to have oral sex with two
of them. A crowd of students watched and one student
videotaped the incident. The 16-year-old girl`s lip was
bloodied in the alleged gang attack; dazed and crying,
her face swollen, she reported the assault immediately
to her

special education
teacher, Lisa Upshaw-Miller.

One monstrosity was piled upon
another. When the girl`s father, who had been summoned
to the school by the teacher, insisted on calling
police, an assistant principal twice urged him not to
call 911, according to Upshaw-Miller.

Assistant Principal Rick Watson
implored the girl`s father to call the non-emergency
police line instead of 911—a violation of Ohio state
law—because "a news channel might tape his daughter
and cause her further mental trauma,"
according to
his statement to school investigators. [School
officials could face charges along with students in
alleged sexual assault,

April 17, 2005,

Meanwhile, according to witnesses,
the school`s principal,

Regina Crenshaw
, shuttered herself in a meeting
about bell schedules and curriculum for a half-hour
while underlings scrambled to perform damage control.

Cover your ears, cower in a
classroom, and pray that the media stay out of it.

It`s all about the children, right?

Witness statements revealed that
none of the administrators bothered to call a nurse to
assist the girl. Only after the girl`s father called
police himself did law enforcement come to the scene.

By the time the cops arrived, all
of the administrators had gone home for the day.

The principal is now in the process
of being fired. The animals accused of assaulting the
victim were suspended and may face criminal charges.

But two of three assistant
principals, including alleged cover-up man Rick Watson,
are protesting their measly suspensions over the
incident as "unwarranted."

Worried as ever about his own hide,
Watson said through a lawyer that he hoped to be
"spared the public ordeal of a full hearing."

What about the girl`s ordeal? As is
frequently the case in these situations, this was
probably not the first time the disabled student was
attacked. Police are investigating claims that she had
been previously assaulted on a school bus, and that boys
had tried to disrobe her at school.

Public-school Pollyannas will
dismiss the Mifflin High School horror story as an
isolated case.

Open your eyes. Smell the stench.
It`s in your neighborhood.

The New York Post reported
recently that

assaulted or sexually abused students
and staff
members collected $6.9 million in negligence claims
against the New York City school system in fiscal
2004—an 18 percent increase in payouts over the previous
fiscal year.

The largest settlement, $1 million,
was awarded to a Bronx high school student whose
classmates stabbed him in the head with a screwdriver.
The school had refused his mother`s request for a safety
transfer before the assault.

In my home county, Montgomery
County, Md., a local government report revealed that

12,000 children
ages 12 to 17 are

bullied, abused or robbed
by peers and others. Of
that number, more than 1,000 are victims of sexual

The school system, which is not
required to inform police of these crimes, has been
bombarded with complaints by parents that school
officials ignored the victims or downplayed sexual
assaults—including a number of incidents involving young
girls attacked on local school buses.

These are heart-stopping nightmares
every parent fears. You send your children to school to
learn, not to be assaulted by classmates and abused by
the negligent overseers of Public School Classrooms Gone

If these assaults occurred in

private schools,
the institutions would be shut

Instead, the government

dance of the lemons
continues, as abominable
administrators skip away with "sensitivity training,"
and eternal protection from

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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