Topic: Garfield High School
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October 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM
Nine Garfield High School students have been suspended for their roles in a hazing incident last month, according to the Seattle school district.
In a news release Friday afternoon, the district said six students received suspensions of from five to nine days and are already back in school. Another student was suspended for 15 day and two others for 20 days. They are due back on Oct. 26 and Nov. 4 respectively.
Initially on Oct. 4, the district banned 11 students from campus while it investigated, but two of the 11 turned out to be misidentified and their record was cleared.
The others received credit for the time they spent out of school since Oct. 4. But they will not be allowed to attend school dances this year, including senior prom, or to participate in the high school’s Purple and White Day activities in the spring.
All the suspended students are appealing, according to the district.
The discipline stems from an incident on Sept. 27 when Garfield Principal Ted Howard and a group of police officers broke up an after-school gathering of about 100 students at the Arboretum. Underclassmen were being paddled, wearing diapers and eggs were thrown at them.
Howard, who is African American, told parents in an email that students were drinking beer and hard liquor, and that when they saw him, several shouted profanities as they ran away and one called him by a racial slur.
October 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM
The Seattle school district banned 11 Garfield High School students suspected of participating in a recent off-campus hazing incident until officials decide if discipline is warranted.
The students were told Friday not to return to class on Monday. Such “emergency expulsions” generally don’t last longer than two weeks, said Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman Teresa Wippel.
“It’s not an official disciplinary action. It just removes students from the school environment while the investigation is being conducted,” Wippel said. “They are banned from coming on campus and they also can’t participate in any sports or extracurricular activities while they’re emergency expelled. So they’re not supposed to have any contact with Garfield at all.”
Eight of the 11 students also have been identified by Seattle police as suspects in the incident, Wippel said.
Garfield Principal Ted Howard and a group of police officers broke up a large student gathering after school on Sept. 27 at the Washington Park Arboretum. They discovered underclassmen were being paddled, wearing diapers, having eggs thrown at them and shoe polish put on them.
In an email to parents, Howard said the group of about 100 students was drinking “hard alcohol and beer.”
Wippel said that Howard recognized some of the students’ faces, though others ran before he could identify them and some were wearing disguises.
Wippel said Howard and other school officials are investigating each of the 11 students on a case by case basis to decide if further discipline is warranted.
October 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM
Seattle police have identified six people suspected in a recent hazing incident involving Garfield High School students.
Department spokeswoman Renee Witt said no arrests have been made and detectives are only in the investigative stages. She said parents of the suspected students are being contacted.
Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman Teresa Wippel said district officials were notified Wednesday morning of the identifications.
“What I was told is the police asked us not to do anything so they can get their work done,” said Wippel, adding that the suspects are still enrolled at Garfield and have not faced any discipline.
There has long been a tradition of hazing at Garfield, according to police and district officials.
“This happens each year with these juniors and seniors,” Witt said on Tuesday. “When officers try to investigate, [the students] get peer pressured into dropping the case. They’re trying to get these victims to follow through.”
On Friday, underclassmen were being paddled, wearing diapers, having eggs thrown at them and shoe polish put on them at a gathering discovered at the Arboretum.
In an email to parents, Garfield principal Ted Howard said the group of about 100 students was drinking “hard alcohol and beer.” They were gathered at the Washington Park Arboretum, and several of them shouted profanities as they ran away, including one who tossed a racial slur at Howard. At least one fender bender occurred nearby, caused by the fleeing students running in front of cars, Howard said.
October 1, 2013 at 4:59 PM
Seattle police are investigating the latest in what district officials say has become a “tradition” of hazing at Garfield High School.
Around 100 students were gathered at the Arboretum, where students were being “paddled, had on diapers, eggs were being thrown at students and shoe polish was all over their body,” during the most recent incident Friday afternoon, according to the school’s principal, Ted Howard.
Howard and the school’s resource police officer broke up the gathering after it was reported to them, and the students shouted profanities. One student called Howard a racial slur, and many used other derogatory names as they ran away, he said in an email to parents.
A police report would not be released Tuesday, Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said, because students have been intimidated by their upperclassmen into not cooperating with investigators when reports have been publicized in the past.
“This happens each year with these juniors and the seniors,” Witt said. “When officers try to investigate, [the students] get peer pressured into dropping the case. They’re trying to get these victims to follow through.”
It’s not clear how many students were subject to the hazing or whether any students have been punished so far. The school’s website says hazing is not tolerated, will result in suspension and “will be considered criminal offenses and treated as such.”
“It’s a tradition,” District spokeswoman Teresa Wippel said. “It’s been going on for many years.”
She added that she’d spoken with Howard about how the school plans to deal with the incident.
Here’s the letter Howard sent Friday to Garfield parents:
Do you know where your son or daughter is at tonight? I spent the afternoon with Officer Radford and many other officers walking through the Arboretum. One hundred or more Garfield students were participating in hazing incidents, drinking hard alcohol and beer. Students were being paddled, had on diapers, eggs were being thrown at students and shoe polish was all over their body. As students ran and scattered from the scene they caused at least one, maybe more car accidents due to running in front of cars. I was also called a (racial slur) by a student and many other derogatory names.
As I email you tonight I asked the question do you know where your son or daughter is at? I ask that question because I want you to know that we all have a responsibility to keep our kids safe. We all work hard to make sure they learn life lessons and make better decisions. Tonight some of our students didn’t make good decisions. If students were there to watch, cause harm to another student or behave inappropriately this impacts the entire GHS community and puts the GHS community in a negative light.
I am asked every year how we will address hazing. Every year we work really hard to teach our students about respect, how to honor each other’s cultures, and to have empathy. I am asking you tonight to continue that conversation with your son or daughter. We are a community, a community that grows together and learns together. Please have a conversation with your son and daughter about decisions, how they can and will impact people’s lives.
Thank you for your time.
Principal Garfield HS
June 17, 2013 at 5:13 PM
A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition following a car wreck near 23rd Avenue and East Jefferson Street late Monday afternoon, according to Seattle officials.
The girl was apparently one of five passengers in a blue Honda that slammed into a pole while traveling northbound at around 4:10 p.m., officials said.
She sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. Another passenger, a young boy, was transported to that hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Moore said, and an adult passenger complained of back pain.
The cause of the collision was not immediately clear.
Jeff Kappel, a spokesman for the Seattle Police Department, said drug-recognition experts responded to the scene, although he cautioned that is a routine procedure.
The collision blocked traffic until about 8:30 p.m., according to Kappel.
The intersection is directly outside of Garfield High School.
February 5, 2013 at 8:14 AM
From Staff Reporter Linda Shaw:
Administrators at Seattle’s Garfield High School will begin giving the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests this morning, following meetings Monday between Superintendent Jose Banda and a group of teachers and one with the principal.
Nearly the entire non-administrative staff will continue to boycott the test, said Kris McBride, Garfield’s academic dean and testing coordinator. McBride said she learned early today that testing would begin.
“We’re just really disappointed this is what it’s come to,” she said.
Garfield’s administrators, McBride said, are not happy about giving the test, and more than 100 Garfield parents have asked that their children be excused from taking it, which parents have the right to do.
McBride said Banda told teachers Monday they would receive some kind of discipline for refusing to administer the test, but would not be suspended without pay.
Garfield teachers announced their boycott early last month, and about 70 teachers and other staff at three other schools have joined them. The protest has received national attention from those who support the teachers’ stand against what they say are time-wasting, useless exams.
At the high school level in Seattle, ninth-graders are required to take the MAP reading test and many must take the MAP math test as well.
January 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM
Eleven teachers and instructional assistants at ORCA K-8 have decided that they, too, will boycott district-required tests known as the MAP, according to ORCA teacher Matt Carter.
The Orca staffers join the staff at Garfield High, where all teachers who were scheduled to administer the Measures of Academic Progress exams are refusing, with the backing of nearly all their colleagues, who signed a letter supporting them. In the letter to district administrators, the Garfield staff members listed nine reasons why they oppose the test, which range from how few students take it seriously to how much time it takes away from class instruction and whether it measures what teachers are supposed to be teaching.
The middle school teachers at ORCA will not refuse to give the tests because they hope to get a grant from the city that requires that they give them, Carter said. But 11 of the 16 teachers and instructional assistants in kindergarten through grade 5 have decided to do so, Carter said. ORCA is an alternative school in the Rainier Valley.
If ORCA parents want their children to take the MAP exams anyway, the principal has told them that she will find other people to proctor the test, Carter said.
About 50 teachers at Ballard High also have signed a letter supporting the Garfield staff, although none have yet refused to give the exams, which are given two-three times a year, and cover mostly reading and math.
The representative assembly of the Seattle Education Association is scheduled to discuss the issue at a meeting Monday evening, and consider a motion that calls for the union to support any teacher who refuses to give the MAP. The motion also asks the district not to discipline teachers who refuse to give the exams, and asks that the district stop using the MAP tests as soon as possible.
January 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School are refusing to give the district-required MAP tests to students, saying the tests are bad and waste time and resources.
They think it may be the first time that all teachers at a single school have decided to protest a test by boycotting it.
The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) exams are given two to three times a year to ninth-grade students at Garfield, as well as to many students throughout the district. They cover reading and math, and the district uses them as one way to measure the progress of students and schools, and the performance of teachers. Garfield students were scheduled to take the tests this month.
In a news release, Kris McBride, Garfield’s academic dean and testing coordinator, said the test “produces specious results, and wreaks havoc on limited school resources” during the weeks the test is administered.
All the teachers scheduled to give the tests have decided not to do it, according to a prepared release. In December, most of the rest of the faculty and non-administrative staff reportedly voted to support them.
November 30, 2011 at 1:16 PM
Hundreds of students from Seattle’s Garfield High School walked out of classes this afternoon to protest state budget cuts to education.
The students began their walk to City Hall at 12:30 p.m. to “tell the world that we are fed up with the lack of funding for education,” according to a statement sent by protest organizer Mathis Watson before the march.
“For too long, this state’s budget has been balanced on the backs of its students,” Watson wrote. “We are the people who have been affected most by these cuts, and we are showing that we care.”
The protest is meant to rally opposition to more education cuts and insert a student voice into the discussion as state lawmakers meet in Olympia to close a $2 billion budget shortfall.
At City Hall today, the students plan to meet up with students from West Seattle and Nathan Hale high schools, who also walked out. They have a meeting scheduled with Mayor Mike McGinn, although they explained their problem is not with him, but with state lawmakers.
Amid chants of “no more cuts,” 16-year-old junior Jared Moore explained the point of the walkout.
“Our goal is to broadcast a message to Seattle and to Washington state that education is an inherent right and reducing the budget for education not only harms us but harms future generations.”
Jessica Markowitz, also a 16-year-old junior, talked about cuts already in place in summer and night school. This afternoon, she is missing Spanish IV, she said, explaining that the main point wasn’t to skip class but to make a greater point.
“They’re impacting our education and our future,” she said.
Seattle Public Schools has been forced to cut $80 million from its operating budget over the past three years because of state action, School Board member Michael DeBell said at a recent finance- committee meeting. Another $20 million is expected to be cut from next year’s budget.
The state Supreme Court is currently considering a lawsuit that alleges that state Legislature is failing to fulfill its constitutionally-obligated duty to fund basic education. A decision is expected soon.
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