debengstrom (Deb Engstrom)


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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 )

Living arrangements of accused murderer's son called into question

This young man needs help. I hope he's getting more than just a roof over his head. He needs some stability and support.

October 1, 2014 at 6:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence schools: Five senior Free State students identified as vandals

The N-word should not be used by anyone any where at any time. it is meant to be demeaning and degrading to a group of people. Unfortunately when it's being used by Black people, it is ignored. I'm not sure whether people just think it's OK or if they're afraid to interfere, which is racism in a different form.

September 20, 2014 at 7:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Teens plead not guilty to attempted aggravated robbery charges

If they are incarcerated, they will only learn to plan better next time and to bring real weapons instead of BB guns and sticks. I am hoping they get the help they need to get back on track.

September 4, 2014 at 6:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence congregations gather to mourn events in Ferguson

I knew the two situations would be compared. The only similarity is that 2 young people lost their lives.

August 29, 2014 at 6:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New sexuality education standards implemented throughout Lawrence public schools this year

They got sexuality education, too. They just got it from the playground instead of professionals.

August 16, 2014 at 6:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

ACLU: Kansas offender registry unconstitutional

They do have drug offenders and violent offenders on the list as well as sex offenders. I'm not sure what the criterion is for having to register for the other 2 categories.

August 13, 2014 at 8:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence woman sentenced to five years for voluntary manslaughter in Christmas Day death of boyfriend

I'm surprised she got any prison time given the circumstances. Many people would say she acted in self defense. I really don't think she is a danger to society at this point, but she might be when she gets out in 5 years. Prison is a great training ground for criminals, and not always the best solution in cases like this.

August 10, 2014 at 7:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )