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School official enters diversion agreement

June 30, 2006

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An assistant principal at Lawrence High School is entering a diversion agreement in connection with a charge of driving under the influence.

In diversion, Jan Gentry must meet certain conditions established in the agreement with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. No details of the agreement were available Thursday.

Gentry was arrested May 20 on U.S. Highway 56 in southwestern Douglas County.

Comments

Michael Birch 9 years ago

Well Jan,

Just be glad that the incompetent deputy dog wasn't

able to remember to fill out and submit the DC-27

Notice of License Suspension form or your license would

have been suspended. Does his kid go to your school

by any chance?

DHD

mom_of_three 9 years ago

he robbed the place with a bb gun. maybe next time, he will use the real thing. (which I hope there isn't a next time) Doesn't matter if he won't qualify for a permit, but he probably will know someone who does.

conservative 9 years ago

Plumbers,

I have a problem with letting anyone off with drinking and driving. It's dangerous not just to themselves but to everyone else as well. As a society we need to stop giving the message that it's ok to make the mistake.

freudian_slip 9 years ago

Posted by enforcer (anonymous) on June 30, 2006 at 6:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

she still has to survive the school year and I do not plan to make it easy for her, the law may deal with her but there are no deals with parents.


Good plan! So, you think Gentry is a bad example for the youth and you want to top that off by being a bad example of renegade justice yourself? Exactly how do you plan to impact Gentry's life, and when did you become the enforcer of the law? Just because you gave yourself the name?

I don't agree with what she did, but what gives you the right to do anything? If you have kids in the school, pull them out if you don't like it. But, I see you have put alot of thought into this. Piss off the people that have access to your kids all day(and their grades, futures, etc.).

Once again you are brilliant!

freudian_slip 9 years ago

I see a trend developing. :) What I don't see is a rebuttal from enforcer. Maybe as we speak she has Gentry cornered in her office and giving her a good spanking.

brujablanco 9 years ago

enforcer:

Brilliant move! It is comforting to know your children will grow up to be just like you. I hope they stay in school long enough to learn how to spell.

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years ago

such hatred of one mistake and all on here are with out any mistakes what so ever. shame shame shame. I may not see eye to eye with jan but I for one will not make her life a living he** like some one else in hear plans on doing. I am glad we have so many perfect people that live in this town and can set us all on the correct and right path.

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years ago

please let the world how we may help you your holyness, we bow to your wisdom in all things.

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years ago

please tell me how all this makes her an alcholic? I see no repeat offences no reports from student or teachers about drunken behavior or smell of alchol on her and I have not ever know her to be impaired in any school event or funtion or meeting and I have been to many. So please show me the evidence. Oh yeah you do not need evidence to convict you just pass judgement.

freudian_slip 9 years ago

enforcer-You assume she needs to go to AA. That is a huge assumption, an unfair assumption. But, par for the course for you.

How do we handle situations we don't like (according to enforcer)?

1) bitch and moan; 2) assume the worst case scenario; 3) threaten to take things into your own hands because you have delusions of grandeur and responsibility; 4) provoke a similar situation by setting the person up to fail again; 5) bitch and moan some more, and promise to never learn to spell or proof read.

My hero.

freudian_slip 9 years ago

AA is not a part of diversion for first time offenders.

Linda Endicott 9 years ago

I hope your children are aware, enforcer, that if they ever make the same mistake and get charged with a DUI, that you will do everything in your power to make their lives a living hell.

We teach our children by example, and yours seems to be that if you make a mistake, you must pay for it immediately, and for the rest of your life. If this is your belief for Ms. Gentry, then please see to it that you hold yourself to the same standard when your own children are involved. No mater what the mistake is.

freudian_slip 9 years ago

I'm starting to think enforcer is making all this up so that we keep responding. She probably doesn't even have kids. She's probably actually Marion, since he's mostly MIA today.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years ago

Many do not get "second chances". I hope she takes full advantage of this opportunity.

reginafliangie 9 years ago

I'm a little confused. On the other story about the man who killed the Paramedic alot of you were complaining about how this person was still driving after having a previous conviction and without a license. But for Ms. Gentry it's ok? Maybe thats how that man was treated. Given another chance and he blew it and killed somebody. What if Ms. Gentry does this again? Will all be forgiven until she kills? I know people make mistakes. But I think we are sending the wrong message with the "you get 1 more chance" sentence. I know people who are convicted and have their licenses taken away and whatever and still find a way to drive. But at least it makes the next conviction stronger. We can't stop people from finding a way to drive, they will do it. But at least lets make the first mistake a little harder to get behind the wheel of a car and do the same thing again.

freudian_slip 9 years ago

You are wrong enforcer. Stop making up crap for your own amusement. I can only speak for myself, but I am done responding to your idiotic posts. Until you have something valid to add, and until you take enough pride in your words to make sure you actually spell them correctly, you can assume that my lack of response to your posts in the future means one thing - you're still an idiot.

conservative 9 years ago

Crazyks, I do believe that all kids should be taught that when they make a mistake there are consequeces. Don't you?

Enforcer, I've gotta agree with others that you are being over the top. I hope you are just looking to provoke the argument that she's getting off too light and not truly intending what you're posting.

Freud, I agree with some of what you're posting, but I'm curious why you're not attacking others for worse spelling and grammar. Is it only a problem for you when they disagree with you?

Regina, You've got it dead right as usual.

Linda Endicott 9 years ago

Do you really believe, regina, that a DUI charge, when no one was harmed, should hold the same kind of punishment as one in which a death occurred?

If that was the case, then people who rob stores would get the same punishment, regardless of whether someone was killed during the robbery. This isn't the case.

Do we run the risk of it happening again, with worse consequences? Yes, possibly. If we let that robber out of prison after awhile, do we run the risk that he will rob again, and this time will kill someone during the crime? Yes, possibly.

If a teenager gets convicted of shoplifting, should we give them the same punishment as someone convicted of robbery? If that teen gets probation, is there the possibility that he/she may go out and steal again, or worse yet, go on to armed robbery and maybe kill someone during that robbery? Yes, possibly.

How much punishment are you willing to give people that have had no prior record of the crime before? Should we always assume that if it happened once it will happen again, and with possibly more serious consequences? No. There are people who have had one DUI, and that's all. There are people who have robbed once, and never again.

Yes, it's always possible that if someone commits a crime once, they will do it again. But it's not a certainty. That's why there are different laws for first time offenders. We can't just lock everyone up who has ever committed a crime and keep them there forever.

freudian_slip 9 years ago

conservative-

No, that's not why. I think enforcer is just instigating nonsense garbage and then tops it off with a helping of terrible grammar and spelling. Just the compounding effect is annoying. I can get past it usually because everyone has typos to some degree. It's just reinforcement that she in particular is just spewing out crap as fast as she can with no regards to whether it makes sense (and doesn't care about how it "reads").

Linda Endicott 9 years ago

Yes, children should be taught that when you make a mistake, there are consequences. They should also be taught that those consequences shouldn't be based on who you are or what you do. They shouldn't be taught that if someone else makes a mistake they should be held fully accountable, but if they make a mistake it's okay. Mom or dad will make sure to bail them out of any trouble. Consequences should apply regardless of whether it's you or someone else who has made a mistake.

A diversion agreement for a first time DUI is not an uncommon thing. It's happened many, many times, long before Ms. Gentry was charged with DUI. Why should her punishment be any different than that of countless others?

If you don't agree that a diversion agreement for a first time DUI is appropriate, then by all means try and get the law changed.

reginafliangie 9 years ago

crazyks: I wasn't making the point that she should get the same sentence as the other man who killed someone. I was just saying that maybe if we made the first time a little more serious that it wouldn't get as bad as the man who killed the young man. I mean thats what everone was bitching about how this man was not pentalized stiff enough and ended up killing a man. I totally believe in second chances, but maybe the first time around should be a little stiffer.

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years ago

maybe she tells your kids do not drink and drive because they are underage?? enforcer sometimes you make no sense. hell I will tell your kids do not drink and drive any one should tell your kids that hello not 21 do not drink. over 21 do not drink and drive yes common sense but not a one should not get fired for it or threatened for like you are doing on this post.

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years ago

implied threat is a threat, be it violence or actions

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years ago

I'm guessing she had a decent attorney.

reginafliangie 9 years ago

Is it just me or did anyone else find the fact that she was quoted in the LJW several weeks ago saying that she did something wrong and will do whatever is requested to obey the law and her punishment and a few weeks later she is playing the "not guilty" card. I find that kind of curious. I appreciated that she was taking responsiblity for her actions and then she pleads not guilty. That doesn't sound like taking responsiblity to me. Anyone...anyone???

brujablanco 9 years ago

Stalking? I think enforcer just might have some experience with stalking. Here is the law:

KSA21-3438

(a) Stalking is an intentional, malicious and repeated following or harassment of another person and making a credible threat with the intent to place such person in reasonable fear for such person's safety.

(d) For the purposes of this section: (1) "Course of conduct" means a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose and which would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, and must actually cause substantial emotional distress to the person. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of "course of conduct."

(2) "Harassment" means a knowing and intentional course of conduct directed at a specific person that seriously alarms, annoys, torments or terrorizes the person, and that serves no legitimate purpose.

(3) "Credible threat" means a verbal or written threat, including that which is communicated via electronic means, or a threat implied by a pattern of conduct or a combination of verbal or written statements and conduct made with the intent and the apparent ability to carry out the threat so as to cause the person who is the target of the threat to reasonably fear for such person's safety. The present incarceration of a person making the threat shall not be a bar to prosecution under this section.

There is more, of course, but you get the idea.

freudian_slip 9 years ago

Someone is trying to change the subject to divert attention from the outrageous hole they have dug themselves into. Now is the time to sit back and laugh at enforcer. At least make a claim that you can back up with some commentary from one of my previous posts. You have no idea what my take on illegals is, so don't make up stupid crap.

Actually, diversion is the most common first time offense settlement. It doesn't include AA like some people are trying to argue, but it does involve a one day alcohol/drug awareness class and sometimes a half day lecture from MADD, and obviously a mixed temporary suspension/restriction on their drivers license, and a couple grand for an attorney, and a fine.

Let's just hope Gentry learns. Some people do, some don't. I'm guessing that by choosing education as a career that she really is dedicated, and hopefully this is her one learning experience that she could jeapordize everything she has if she does this again. The goal of diversion would be accomplished.

bankboy119 9 years ago

Regina 2 things.

  1. The ass that killed the guy had 19 DUIs and was illegal. This is Gentry's first mistake.

  2. Why plead guilty? The system is designed with so many loop holes that anybody, even OJ, can get out of it.

reginafliangie 9 years ago

bankboy: if you go back and read, it was NOT the illegal guy that had 19 DUI's, it was an amount that was mentioned from another poster about a story that happened to their friend. I think the the article stated he had ONE previous DUI, and had been deported, etc...The point I was making earlier was, had his FIRST infraction been treated more severly than a diversion maybe he would of thought twice about doing it again. Or maybe not. Just saying maybe a slap on the hand isn't harsh enough for some and then they end of killing a innocent person and then everyone is outraged that nothing harsher was done the first time. You can't have it both ways. People want to cry "be fair, it was their first time, it was a mistake". In their next breath they are crying to stiffer laws because somebody was killed. There has got to be a middle ground.

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years ago

so does anyone know how much over the legal limit she was/

happyone 9 years ago

brujablanco with the way that reads I think enforcer can already be charged....I'm sure there is enough trash that she has spewed forth on the various posts to make a VERY strong case :)

happyone 9 years ago

That's right enforcer my bad. I forgot you were perfect and never made any mistakes of any kind........I'm also sure you never told your kids no to cuss and throw temper tantrums but you continually do, so perhaps you should not be around your kids either

bankboy119 9 years ago

swb, why are you even bothering to argue with some one who thinks OJ is innocent?

regina, my mistake about the DUIs. My argument was that by being here illegally, and driving, he has committed more than one crime. The penalties should definitely be more stiff when they're here illegally vs. legally. If this is their first offense, and they're legal, and there's no wreck, there's no reason diversion should not be an option if a paperwork error was committed. If they're illegal, they should pay hefty fines, in excess of $1000 plus whatever costs our justice system has had to incur to take care of them.

justsomewench 9 years ago

if her behavior is disruptive enough to the school's day to day activities, i imagine there would be cause to press charges of some sort. and if the behavior is as hostile as it appears on here (premeditated, no less), lord knows what the school counselors may be obligated to do to check on the psychological welfare of her children. hysterics do not a conscientious mother make, IMO.

justsomewench 9 years ago

by the way, i've seen nothing that indicates her dayjob got her off the hook. if that were the case, you'd think there would be a number of heads that would legally roll.

hmm..

paladin 9 years ago

Marion/enforcer appears to be in crisis of denial. At some point in time, when one relies on a system of defenses to function adequately, the defenses stop being effective. Maybe not all at once, but little by little, and perhaps, sometimes before the great fall, a big slip takes place and manifests itself in erratic and irrational behavior, verbal or physical. I think that is what has happened. Oh well, good luck!

justsomewench 9 years ago

what i need to know is, who do i call to make sure enforcer never gets near my kids?

paladin 9 years ago

Understanding, empathy, and compassion are in order here. An alcoholic in hard denial is a very sad thing, indeed. Sick beyond normal comprehension. Just take a step back and look. And don't mix it up with him/her. It only throws fuel on the fire, which is a false fire, indeed, but which is raging.

justsomewench 9 years ago

with these few months of public threats already, i hope she's been saving pennies for johnny cochran's retainer for her inevitable defense trial.

justsomewench 9 years ago

true enough, paladin. their deathgrip on justification and rationalization is disheartening to watch. they are their only real enemy and they're always the last to admit and accept that fact (and usually after a great deal of damage has already been done).

yellowhouse 9 years ago

I AM FORGIVEN----by carrie neighbors

O stain of sin upon my soul

It causes such guilt and despair

The pain consumes the ones I love most

My life seems broken beyond repair

Bring unto me wholeness and healing

As to thee I sorry confess

Forgive me lord as I must forgive myself

And plead your righteousness

Unworthy and guilty I come calling

I pray thy spirit will come intercede

Forgive and take away my sins forever

Oh lord you know my need.

Redemption is mine through Christ's blood

I have the riches of Gods grace for my own

I know through him I can win this battle

For I will not be fighting my battle alone!

(reference John 14:27)

paladin 9 years ago

God's grace. So simple, yet so hard to accept. Thank you, Carrie.

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years ago

enforcer you need to understand that by telling your kids to not listen to jan you are just going to create problems for them not you. just send them to fshs if you have such a big problem with jan. She is not my favorite person either but I must tell you of all people at lhs if I had a problem or needed something checked out she would be the first person I would go to. I may not like her and have had my problems with her but she knows her job and will not take crape from anyone, parent student colluge or boss.

Rhoen 9 years ago

The first time a person is caught driving drunk is not necessarily the first time they've done it. And it's probably not going to be the last time.

There's a good reason for treating driving while impaired as a higher level of infraction.

It must be very hard for Ms. Gentry to handle this level of public humiliation, but she was even more fortunate that she didn't maim or kill anyone with her car than she was to be given this diversion.

reginafliangie 9 years ago

Thank you Rhoen, the exact point I have been trying to make on here that nobody seems to get. But they are totally up in arms about the illegal guy who killed somebody. The time to stop the deaths of innocent people is to start with the first time offense.

Statistics do show that most who got caught drinking and driving had done it many times but hadn't been caught. It also shows that most will do it again. Because they go with the odds.

I certainly don't think Ms. Gentry needs to have a stiffer sentence or in anyway compare her to the other man who killed another. But the laws have got to get stricter in getting these people off the streets and learning their lesson. Like I said, what if Ms. Gentry decides to drink and drive again and ends up hurting or killing somebody? Then everyone here who has said "give her a break it's her first time, we all make mistakes" have no right to complain, because we gave her a second chance and she took it. Hopefully that will never happen. But if it does, I hope that everyone sees what happens when crimes are not taken seriously to prevent them in the future. I hope Ms. Gentry has learned her lesson and can put this behind her.

For the record, I find it odd that enforcer is so determined to convict this lady and on the other post for the illegal guy, she is feeling sorry for him. Whats wrong with this picture?

Steve Jacob 9 years ago

I consider a DUI worse then peeping into a window, and what punishment did Mr Schrider get for that? Will he be with the school district this year?

brujablanco 9 years ago

happyone:

Enforcer is one of those types that knows how to do wrong just enough to stay above the law. (Ask the DA) In this case, however, she might have overstepped. Libel (the written form of defamation) is easy to prove. She likes to harrass via posting and private email.

We should pity here really, and pray for her and her offspring, as she uses this forum to compensate for a very troubled, lonely life.

If you want to keep your children away from her and hers, send me a private email and I will give you the info you need.

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years ago

guess what it is july let the fun begin time to blow stuff up yippie whooa who.

paladin 9 years ago

People make their own Hell and build their own punishment.

brujablanco 9 years ago

All of my posts relative enforcer have been in response to her posts. Stalking? LOL.

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years ago

go out and enjoy the weekend people I am sure jan is it is a holiday go blow up some fireworks.

hockmano 9 years ago

This lady is obviously in the"clique". The usd497 privileged ones. Why didn't they make her retire like all the rest that have done wrong?

justsomewench 9 years ago

someone told me once they would "make [my] life hell", threatened to call my boss with accusations, even called me repeatedly at home and work to remind me of this. this was over a 24 hour period. i captured their intent via IM, explained my concerns to my boss, and went to court where the judge willing and instantly provided a protection from abuse order, now extended for the next year. especially if there is any pattern of erratic, hostile, or threatening behaviors in the history of the person someone is seeking protection from, i was told there's little question that it will be signed without hesitation. i went in, filled out the form, and 30 minutes later had it signed by a judge and 2 hours later, the sheriff delivered the notification to the threatening party.

sounds like jan would have good cause to do the same.

bizarre 9 years ago

Mistakes in life,

like bad decisions,

most often are very small,

Yet the smallest mistakes in life,

determine the biggest parts of our life!

So I say unto you all----

The best way to be successful

Is to follwo the advice you give others!

brujablanco 9 years ago

I had a similar experience that I am just now dealing with through law enforcement and the courts. I had a person threaten to call my job - actually did, threatened to make me lose my job and my happiness. Though this person used the telephone for part of these threats, they also used email messages. The DA did not hesitate to confirm it was cyberstalking and would be prosecuted. Because I am a respected employee, my employer ignored the communication from this person. I was not damaged by those comments which would have left a libel suit open. A spoken word without witnesses or an anoymous phone call may be phantoms, but the written word is not. People should be careful what they threaten in writing.

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