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Several meetings are scheduled for next week for the Office of Civil Rights to gather information.
joe smoe April 8, 2014 at 09:17 am
Why is not the Dept. Of Justice not on national news and getting involved with the Detroit raceRead More crime of the one white man getting beat beyond recognition by 10 - 12 black men last week? Eric Holder, where are you? We know if this incident were a black man being beaten by a mob of non-blacks, you and your bosses, the liar obama, and the race baiters - al sharpton and jesse jackson would be on nightly news, spewing their venom. You guys and your agendas are jokes. Glaring, bad jokes.
Prometheus April 8, 2014 at 10:19 am
Sharpton is too busy snitching on his "brothers" to the FBI.
art April 8, 2014 at 04:38 pm
I am shocked that the DOJ would think this University of Political Correctness would do anything toRead More harm anyone.
The Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church defended distribution to Dearborn public school students of a flyer promoting an upcoming Easter egg hunt because the event does not have a religious component. (Patch file photo)
Dale Behler April 8, 2014 at 06:25 pm
Daniel.....I doesn't seem that you have read all the comments on here. The concern of most peopleRead More is not so much whether or not to allow religious content in public schools as it is allowing preferential treatment of one religion (Muslims in Dearborn), while strictly enforcing restrictions against similar special accommodations for other religions (usually Christians). It's a matter of having equal treatment for all religions, not just one.
Michael Matigian April 8, 2014 at 06:52 pm
We All need to remember to get out and Vote !!!! That is our only tool Vote and May God Bless allRead More of us
laplateau April 8, 2014 at 07:44 pm
Daniel...what an ignoramus. Your comment brilliantly illuminates what you so rudely label as lack ofRead More mental capabilities. You not only did not take the time to read all forgoing comments, but you have no understanding of whatsoever of the first amendment to our constitution...which plainly says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". Do you REALLY think that applies to this issue? Try reading a bit...like the constitution itself, also the the plethora of writings by our founding fathers. In doing so, you might just be able to avert sounding as if yousuffering from a lack of mental capabilities in the future.
A firestorm erupted on Twitter last week after some Howell teens sent racially charged Tweets after a basketball game.
Art March 25, 2014 at 10:11 pm
jackie miller, was that suppose to be funny, or was that statement just a dumb as you are?
roger hawrylicz March 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm
I'm thinking this Art is a little unbalanced with the way he expresses himself,lol! I can just seeRead More this little twit hunched over his keyboard with saliva foaming at the corners of his mouth while he bangs away at the letters. What a loon!!
jackie miller March 28, 2014 at 10:18 am
Art, you are what you want to be, so keep being ignorant. You do are doing a great job at it...LOL
Howell High School student Cassie Bondie defended her school and her community in a letter to the editor. The bottom line: This isn't who we are, she said. (Photo: Howell Main Four student publication)
stephanie pytlowanyj March 22, 2014 at 06:56 am
No, I don't believe this is going to end for a while. The school district is taking care of theRead More problem, however somehow this issue got brought to the media's attention which is fueling the fire. Hoping for the students the issue gets out of the media and back within the school district for them to continue to deal with. The tweets occurred surrounding a school activity and the school should be allowed to take care of it, out of the glare of the media.
Since the 1970s, Ferndale schools have given employment preference to non-Christians as a matter of policy. That has changed, and state Rep. Tim Kelly wants to know why. (Patch file photo)
beasleytwigs March 21, 2014 at 12:14 am
Was this language in the contract with teachers??? If not where was it written.
Julie Vruggink March 21, 2014 at 09:25 am
Sadly it appears as some levels of discrimination will remain. This is wrong at every level.
michael.a.travis March 21, 2014 at 01:01 pm
I attended Ferndale Schools K-12 (1979 grad) and had many excellent (and a few poor) teachers, bothRead More Christian and Jewish. At Wilson Elementary, 4 of my 7 teachers there were Jewish. I remember thinking (as a 2nd grader) that teachers always had different holidays in October than we students did! (I too would like to know why that clause would be in a school employment contract.)
Howell school officials say "four or five" students sent racially charged Tweets after the school's all-white team beat a predominantly black team in state basketball playoffs. The students face "corrective action." (Patch file photo)
Sue Burstein March 20, 2014 at 08:47 am
Considering the "hitler" reference in the tweet, I would suggest that a field trip the theRead More Holocaust Museum in FH would be appropriate. I agree with those who have concerns about freedom of speech. So, rather than trying to undermine a basic freedom in this country and apply it willy nilly using the "diversity" card - "intimidation" card - or any of the PC cards, let's give these kids an up front kick in the arse about what this kind of thinking promotes. The Holocaust, anti-Semitism and racial intolerence doesn't just happen. It runs deep, and is taught somewhere. So teach what happens from it when a group is singled out. On the other hand, I supported the nazis right to march in Skokie, I support Farakhan's right to make all his anti-Semetic remarks, I support speech that I loathe...becuase if I don't , who will support my rights under the 1st amendment. That is far more important in this country than some stupid teenagers' tweets.
Blogger Zod March 22, 2014 at 01:01 am
Freedom is not free, keep that in mind. you have rights and obligations as well. the students haveRead More the rights to say what they want, and the school deserve the rights to punish those students for inappropriate behaviors especially to matters related to the school, in this case ( game). I think people misuse the constitution time and time over, if i'm not mistaken I think the constitution states that all men are created equal (no mention of race) and it was writen in the 18th century but up until 1964 some people in this country were denied minimum rights. the person who wrote the bible and the person who reads the bible cannot have the same interpretation of the bible, so in the same context we can interpret the constitution as we like. bottom line is that if we allow the white students to tweet racist nonsense and the black students respond ...guess the rest. Americans==hypocrites , we need to practice what we preach not just when it suit us. else we should stop calling ourselves free-world and other nonsense.
Sherry Spehar March 23, 2014 at 09:53 am
The longer the Press can drag this out,the longer they think that they can sell more papers.I guessRead More they are short on material.
"Giving 4 Gavin" is a daylong blood drive at Bloomfield Hills Middle School organized by classmates of Gavin Raab, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. (Photo: Bloomfield Hills Middle School)
RON Ostrodamus March 19, 2014 at 05:28 am
This is what community is really about.
Dale Murrish March 19, 2014 at 05:52 pm
Nice article, Beth. Please write more articles like this! Give blood if you can…
O'Doul's has trace alcohol content of less than .05 percent, but it's against the law to serve it our other "near beers" to minors in the state of Michigan. (Photo: Anheuser-Busch)
Bill March 19, 2014 at 07:14 am
Teachers who think outside the box tend to be the ones who connect with the children and keep theirRead More interest. Could she have used better judgement, and read the label - probably. But in her defense, here's a marketing line for O'Doul's: "O'Doul's is a premium non-alcoholic beer. O'Doul's Amber offers the same non-alcohol benefits with a richer look and taste." False advertising...? Also, have you looked at the ingredients of some of the meds we give our kids? Does this lapse of judgement warrant a misdemeanor or any other discipline - no. Hey, I bet the kids remember the lesson!
stephanie pytlowanyj March 19, 2014 at 11:13 am
This is old news from over 2 weeks ago; does the media just need something "controversial"Read More to report? On a side note, check the alcohol content in cough syrup. Here's a site to see what you and/or your child are ingesting: http://www.mssny.org/mssnycfm/mssnyeditor/File/CPH/AlcoholContent.pdf
Stacy Paalanen March 19, 2014 at 01:44 pm
Parents have control over the meds they give their kids, a teacher would not be making that decisionRead More without you, so that is not really a comparison; it is probably why there were no official complaints made to the school though.
Novi Middle School students will no longer be asked to write an essay on whether they would rather be slaves or factory workers during the Industrial Revolution. (Patch file photo)
Greg Thrasher March 16, 2014 at 05:19 pm
The depth of denial , deflection and ignorance regarding the domestic holocaust ( slavery) in ourRead More nation is stunning... This degree of underdevelopment continues to harm our nation and our ideals ... This ignorance creates racial angst and imperils civic harmony and civility between racial groups in on nation... Reading these comments are scary from my perspective as an American...
Racer Boy March 17, 2014 at 04:57 pm
Lincoln ended slavery. Who is going to end skyrocketing birth rates to unwed mothers, entire livesRead More spent on Government assistance, filthy and degrading lyrics in RAP music, disgusting music videos, pants hanging below buttocks, thinking twirking is cool, speaking a language that is unintelligible??? None of that works to create a decent and caring society.
Possum March 17, 2014 at 07:57 pm
Racer Boy, cut down on the Bill O'Reilley watching for awhile and try to get out a little more intoRead More the real world. The echo chamber will damage your mind.
A playbill from a production of "Carrie: The Musical" depicts some of the elements Farmington Public Schools parents say are inappropriate for young audiences.
Tom Adams March 11, 2014 at 01:10 pm
“It’s the professionals involved who should be making the decision,”Read More Superintendent Susan Zurvalec said, noting that in her 25 years with Farmington Public Schools, the district has never pulled the curtain on productions. I find that comment chilling......
Tamara March 11, 2014 at 01:53 pm
Yes - so if these "professionals" mount a porno - its all good - right? Whatever theyRead More "think" is best... Must be good for the kids... Great supervision this Sup is providing...
Cynthia Reynolds March 12, 2014 at 11:02 am
Wow there seems to be an inappropriate theme to the play productions this year. Harrison HighRead More School's Peter Pan production made me cringe when the "Indians" came on stage saying "Ooga Booga Ooga..." The kids were running around depicting Native Americans the way they did 50 years ago. I think people should be more progressive,creative, and sensitive to the messages that they are sending when they plan a school play. We want them to learn about and embrace other cultures, but we choose to depict them in a stereotypical manner. We want them to reject violence, but we display a character who gets her revenge by murdering her peers... And the worse part is, when parents and the community speak up, they get shut down. Smh...
Jimmy Kimmel's "Suit of the Loom" was made almost entirely with Rainbow Looms contributed by Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Schools students in Farmington Hills, MI. (Photo: Screenshot, YouTube video)
al carter March 1, 2014 at 09:08 am
What a great story of true compassion and how a simple gesture grew to wonderful results!
Susie Hensoldt March 1, 2014 at 09:54 am
That is wonderful! God Bless the OLS students and everyone involved in this beautiful story!
anne powder March 1, 2014 at 05:16 pm
This is the kind of news people want to hear. The journalist should have included who the staff areRead More that encouraged these kids to be so generous. Staff like that make a difference in kids' lives.
This screenshot of the video, which has been posted on YouTube, reportedly shot by a Michigan teacher shows a 10-year-old boy with autism wiping tears as he tried to free himself from a classroom chair.
blue March 3, 2014 at 05:44 pm
Was the room designed for autistic children? That chair has a very large opening in the back. ARead More Montessori school designs the classroom with the utmost importance. In fact, teachers don't even have a desk in the classroom. A while back I remember seeing fifth graders sitting on Swiss balls in their classroom. What's wrong with figuring out the logistics before the beginning of the school year.
Sherry Spehar March 3, 2014 at 05:57 pm
I like Blue's comments.If this child was frustrated like this,he probably would have found anotherRead More way to act out.It takes an exceptional teacher to deal with autistic children.I am sure that I am not patient enough to do this.The original teacher should have called for backup if she felt overwhelmed .
Bob March 10, 2014 at 01:26 pm
Dispicable...."teacher" has no empathy...should choose another profession.....terrible....
Birmingham Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Nerad (foreground) and Bloomfield Hills Schools Superintendent Rob Glass both issued letters to the community about snow days on their districts' respective Facebook pages Tuesday.
Luke Kuza January 28, 2014 at 08:58 pm
Should be no school tomorrow according to precedent and this data and graphs.Read More https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxDNYNPyUql6Sy0zM2l5MDl1OW8/edit?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxDNYNPyUql6WFZHWElIY1hnWTA/edit?usp=sharing
Parentaxpayer January 29, 2014 at 07:18 am
Really? Facebook?? Is that the districts official form for disseminating important information?Read More Most in the parental generation don't think of Facebook as worthy media, and even the kids don't use it anymore. I am sure every parent (and many students) in the district would like to hear exactly how the Superintendent does makes the decision to cancel school. It would be considerate if the district sent that information by email. (Hint to the district PR office; use the same email list you use when you are begging us to contact Lansing for some reason you find important )
Elizabeth 123 January 29, 2014 at 09:19 am
Parentaxpayer - Facebook, Tweets as well as texting are the current choices forRead More communication.....like you I prefer email, but as my kids tell me...email and I are old. Frankly my kids know that school is closed before I do. We all signed up with the new BHS notification system to get emergency texts via our phones which includes school closures. It sure beats getting a phone call at 5:30 am. Facebook seems like a great place to start the discussion around the reasons for closing school. Thankfully the students are in school today and I am looking forward to a balmy 20 degrees in the next few days. Who needs Florida when we have above zero temps? ;-)
Ken Jackson January 9, 2014 at 09:47 am
Art, Thanks for the reminder on the snow day legislation. Looking forward, though, beyond this year,Read More the Governor has set a goal to "unbundle" geographically defined Districts like BHSD. This means the ultimate goal is that Districts and related legislation like this won't be in existence. I have yet to see an elected Oakland County official go on record as either supporting or resisting the Governor's initiative and (still) stated goal. Have you heard from any? Would the Patch be willing to try to get locally elected officials to comment publicly on whether they think Districts should continue to exist? Thanks.
Art Aisner (Editor) January 10, 2014 at 11:33 am
You bet, Ken. But I think we've both heard the 'right' answer, for right now from most. Stay on it!
Ken Jackson January 10, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Thanks Art! (I am learning to use exclamation points more!). It is a strange question to ask ofRead More local representatives, one many never thought they would need to ask -- I'm sure. Who would have believed that in L. Brooks Patterson's county that it would be controversial and difficult to get an elected official on record saying "I think Troy, Birmingham, and Bloomfield School Districts should continue to exist." Strange days, I know. I will stay tuned. Do let me know, please, if any hardy soul offers to say yay or nay on this ....it seems kind of important to me, especially in an election year.
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