Wednesday, April 10, 2013
An investigation into a second posting which invoked the image of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter is still ongoing.
In a letter to parents and staff Wednesday, the Ladue School District announced that a police investigation has identified who was behind an Instagram social media account discovered in January that made crude comments about students at Ladue Middle School. Police Chief Rich Wooten confirmed that the source was a juvenile who did not attend Ladue schools. He would not identify the age of the person or where they were from because no actual crime took place. "While the comments accompanying the first post were insulting, the pictures were legally acquired from other social media sites and no laws were broken," the letter to parents said. Police are still investigating a second Instagram account that came soon after the first and made …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
A parent filed the complaint in September over the annual obscene "senior list" circulated by students at Ladue High.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has agreed to investigate a complaint filed over the annual "senior list" circulated at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. The list, circulated near graduation time by students for at least 10 years, names a handful of girls each year and describes them with crude, vulgar and sometimes obscene references to students' body parts, sexual habits and hygiene. A Ladue High parent, Ruth Ahlemeier, complained to the Ladue School District about the list, after hearing that it was an annual tradition among students, and after her daughter appeared on the list that was circulated on May 11. Ahlemeier, chief executive for OEM Logistics in Olivette, filed the complaint with the Office for Civil…
Saturday, September 22, 2012
2 part series about bullying programs in Ladue. Now, the big question, can administrators stop "The List" problem that has existed at the high school for more than 10 years?
There's been much back and forth about bullying and related issues in the Ladue School Distict. Pablo Flinn, director of Education Services addressed these issues and more in a one on one interview. The Ladue School District has had anti-bullying programs in place for years. The district has made a significant investment in detection and training in anti-bullying programs. Early detection is quite common at all levels: elementary, middle and high school.
Patch.com had an extensive conversation with Pablo Flynn, Director of Educational Services for Student Support and Assessment concerning these important efforts. Patch.com: Are anti-bullying programs key in this district. Pablo Flinn: Certainly, it is one of the key components and an …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
What can moms and dads in Ladue, Frontenac, Clayton and Richmond Heights do to help stop practices such as the obscene annual list of graduating senior girls at Ladue Horton Watkins High School?
This week's installment focuses on ending bullying in schools throughout the St. Louis area. Recent reports have spotlighted a yearly list at Ladue Horton Watkins High School that describes graduating senior girls in obscene ways. So onto this week's question: In light of those reports, what are you saying to your teenagers to encourage them not to perpetuate such activities? Is there any hope that bullying between high school boys and girls will end anytime soon?
Friday, September 14, 2012
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: She and many other women were victims of an end-of-the school year nonsensical tradition.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Hundreds of young women have been defamed by the awful tradition of 'the list' at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. The tradition of the "Senior List,"humiliates young women by describing body parts and other sordid descriptions, has lived on far too long at Ladue High. One of those victims is Martha "Missy" Combs, LHWHS class of 2008. She is now about to graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Here is her narrative of being bullied and humiliated during the end of her junior year at Ladue. I love Ladue. I begged my parents to let me attend Ladue High School after going to an all-girl Catholic High School my freshman year. I cannot say enough good things about the quality education I received, and how well prepared academically …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Ladue administrators say they take bullying seriously, but they cannot combat students who make bad decisions in spite of the consequences.
A vulgar and sometimes obscene "Senior List" that unkindly characterizes the body parts, sexual habits and hygiene of selected girls at Ladue Horton Watkins High School caught administrators by surprise when it was passed around during the lunch period on May 11. It was at least the 10th year that the list had been circulated by students at the high school, according to district administrators, but anti-bullying programs and other efforts had not effectively curbed the practice. "The (Ladue High) principal also stated that in the past the list had been passed around at graduation rehearsal. Therefore, having students pass it out at lunch was entirely unexpected," wrote Ladue School Board President Jayne Langsam in a letter to a Ladue High …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A Ladue School District letter describes it as an "ugly tradition" the school has tried to stop.
The parent of a Ladue Horton Watkins High School student has mounted a campaign against what the school district itself has called an "ugly tradition" — an annual list of graduating senior girls that describes them with vulgarities and obscenities and is circulated throughout the school. A series of letters between parent Ruth Ahlemeier and various officials with the Ladue School District describes Ahlemeier's efforts to have the practice in Ladue High stopped and the district's efforts to investigate her complaints. In one letter, shared with Patch on Monday, the president of the school board, Jayne Langsam, responded to Ahlemeier, recounting a conversation Ahlemeier had with Ladue High's principal: "The principal did say during the …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
A new pamphlet by the National School Boards Association spells out guidelines school officials should use to combat bullying, an issue many St. Louis-area schools have dealt with.
New guidelines from the National School Boards Association, released this week, spell out ways school officials should address the issue of bullying in their classrooms, while protecting the First Amendment rights of students. The guidelines (PDF) start with the free speech issue: "The fact that some speech deeply upsets, offends or angers some citizens is not a justification for banning or limiting the speech....In general, a listener is free to avoid hateful speech, to turn away, and, of course, to respond and to challenge it. But listeners may not insist that government silence the speech." (Please see the PDF file attached to this article for more details.) An article in Education Week notes that "the new guidelines were produced by …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
What kind of issue is bullying in schools today?
This week's question comes from Rebecca Antony of MICDS. She wants to know if bullying a big problem at schools and are schools in general taking enough measures to stop it? Catherine Toman, St. Joseph's Academy I think that there’s a lot of activism about bullying. It still happens, I think, but there’s such a push to rid it from schools that the kids who are getting bullied have more resources for respite than ever before. Personally, I haven’t experienced bullying myself, nor have my peers, but I think that’s because I go to a small, all-girls school. I have heard stories about kids getting bullied at bigger schools, but there’s no way to know if they’re unexaggerated or even true at all. Bullying gets so much media coverage nowadays …
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
And who should they speak with first?
School is in session again starting Wednesday in many suburban St. Louis school districts. For many students, it's a time of excitement over friends, fall sports, new school supplies and more. For some, it's a time of anxiety. Suppose your child, who attends middle school, comes home and reports that someone got shoved to the ground, resulting in a skinned knee. You suspect some bullying is happening. So onto this week's question: How would you address bullying at your child's school? Would you contact school officials or take other action?