debengstrom (Deb Engstrom)


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Jury finds McLinn guilty of first-degree murder

This case is so sad. One life lost and another ruined by mental illness.

March 21, 2015 at 6:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence teachers wary of bill holding them criminally liable for harmful material

"public should trust school districts to construct healthy conversations about sexuality and other topics. There is plenty of oversight in our classrooms," he said. "We need to support our teachers who develop rich, diverse curricula."

This quote says it very well. And now "rich diverse curricula" is criminal. Not surprising that our very best teachers are leaving the profession and it is our kids that are the losers.

March 7, 2015 at 6:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU student shooting victim remains hospitalized; suspects still at large

The worst thing to do is to rush in to an arrest without all the facts and then have to drop charges because there are problems with the evidence. They should take their time, keep info close to the vest and move forward when they are ready. I'm fairly certain that illegal activity is involved on both sides of this situation. No one is going to be too eager to talk to police.

February 19, 2015 at 6:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Man in critical condition after early-morning shooting; suspect arrested after high-speed chase

I couldn't agree more. I see kids in elementary school who could benefit from being involved in activities, but parents either aren't aware of what is available or can't afford it, or don't have transportation, or don't speak English... So many barriers. It's obvious that poverty is one of the major causes of crime and obviously that's a problem in Lawrence.

January 31, 2015 at 11:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence home to many more than city's own homeless

That's why I'm proud to live in Lawrence, because we do have better social services.

January 4, 2015 at 12:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence area coalition gets creative to keep students free of alcohol, marijuana

If not physically addicting, marijuana is psychologically addictive to some. In my household, there are 2 people who are absolutely unable to kick the marijuana "habit". It has absolutely ruined the lives of those two young people. Besides that, it is a gateway drug. I can't quote any studies except the one that I've observed first hand for more than 20 years of living and working with young people.

December 28, 2014 at 8:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

No charges for Lawrence police officer arrested on suspicion of battery

But if the victim doesn't want charges to be filed, that victim will not be a cooperative witness in court and the case will be dismissed. Happens all the time, and a lot of time, energy and money is spent preparing the case to go nowhere.

November 9, 2014 at 7:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence middle schooler sent to detention center after razor blade incident

I taught in public schools for 37 years and unfortunately the adults outside of the school have the ability to turn things into a much bigger deal than it needs to be - including the media. . i'm sure the situation is being handled according to policy and appropriate consequences and supports are being implemented. Sorry someone's coat got cut, but it could have been so much worse. I must say that as a teacher, II hesitated to call parents immediately when something happened (non-life threatening, of course) because of their tendency to over-react. i much preferred to call them after things had settled down and everyone was calm -- and that's certainly what I want when there is a situation with my own children.

November 8, 2014 at 8:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hillcrest school scraps Halloween parties, plans to eliminate Valentine's Day events

A lot of the move away from parties in the recent past stems from No Child Left Behind and it's focus on instructional time (or loss of it). Many field trips stopped happening along with the parties and other enrichment activities. As a teacher, I disliked Halloween. We were expected to continue as usual with instruction, but the kids were in "party mode".

November 1, 2014 at 9:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hillcrest school scraps Halloween parties, plans to eliminate Valentine's Day events

I don't know why this is news. Schwegler hasn't had Holiday parties for a few years now. They have one fall party and a spring party, which seems like a logical solution to me.

October 31, 2014 at 7:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )