Myinput 4 months ago on Forgive fines owed for octopus sign on toy store

I too believe in forgiveness, however, lessons are meant to be learned. Sorry disagree on this.

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Myinput 4 months ago on District does nothing to stop bullying in schools

I agree Janrocks - however, then the District should not say they have all these policies in place to handle/stop it. Or…better yet, maybe they should call it "sweep it under the table bullying policy."

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Myinput 4 months ago on District does nothing to stop bullying in schools

Actually Father of 5, most teachers in middle school and HS allow retakes and this is after they've done poorly on the FIRST test.

For instance, if they get a c or a d, they can retake the test. Some allow on B- as well. The grade they get on the re-take is the grade in the book. So, school report cards for the school are not the standardized tests, they are the "overall school grades of students." This re-take program is a district-wide program.

As for the languaget that Mr. Berg used regarding the Bond. I must admit I think that the WWSD needs to do some housekeeping before I'm too am willing to vote for a bond as well.

As for firsthand experience. I've personally been privvy to the do-nothing, slap on the wrist approach to kids that the WWSD takes. They do this big campaign that says they've hired Mark Thompson to head the anti-bullying campaign. What a joke. So, you fill out some paperwork and they stamp it. At our school one student has been called to the office countless times for kicking kids on they playground, pushing them down, puncing them in the stomach and nothing is done. Just a "we will handle it!" So, I'm with Mr. Berg, how long does this student get to stay in the mainstream and what does it take to get him expelled or punished?

For me, the WWSD has a tarnished reputation numerous times by not standing by their word and/or not doing what they say they are going to do. They are NOT trust-worthy (eventhough I like Mr. Miller).

I too have talked to several parents after this L to the E came out and I was appalled to the lack-there-of response regarding what they do.

Actions speak louder than words and their actions show me they don't care and choose to do nothing and close their eyes. I'm with Mr. Berg on this one. Thanks for speaking up, Mr. Berg, and bringing something into light that needs to be addressed.

When I start seeing the WWSD doing what they say they are going to do then I will see to it that I continue to invest into our institution. Until then, my vote will be NO. A new school will only help to give them something else to talk about and to continue to sweep this under the table.

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Myinput 4 months, 1 week ago on District does nothing to stop bullying in schools

I have to side with Mr. Berg and Wally World Guy. Having children attend Prospect Point and Garrison and Wa-Hi myself I too have witnessed countless incidents of bullying and nothing is done. I have also heard of similiar bullying issues at Berney. But, the most cases have come from Prospect Point and then at Wa-Hi.

As for scores and etc. that the Father of Five mentions - - well the scores are padded. Did you know that kids can now retake tests? So, the scores don't really reflect what the school is doing - it only reflects what the school is doing AFTER they get to retake tests. Wasn't that way in my day. While I can appreciate the fact that they allow a student to retake a test so that they can make sure they "learn" it, the test scores that the district shows are NOT a reflection of what the students are doing. And trust me, the straight A and Explorer kids are all doing it!

All in all, the letter from Mr. Berg is right on. The District "says" they are doing something to prevent it - but have gone through it as a teen and to watch children get bullied as an adult is unacceptable. They are NOT doing their job, I agree. They may "teach" but they are not following through with consequences. So essentially it's "do as I say" but not as I do!

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Myinput 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Walla Walla-area clinics aim to shoot down the flu

You might want to tell people that the flu vaccine when given in shot form contains thimerasol (mercury). The thimerasol was removed by the FDA from children's vaccines.

The only one that doesn't have the thimerasol (mercury) is the nasal mist and most doctors don't recommend that for children or the elderly.

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Myinput 6 months, 4 weeks ago on Walla Walla needs a pool

Walla Walla is a wonderful community. A great place to raise kids. This is a fantastic idea. Good luck!

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Myinput 7 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor picked for open seat on Walla Walla School Board

PATHETIC CHOICE! Hampson is not a leader he is a follower. So, they picked someone who won't buck the system and will just be a "yes man!" Typical. I'd love to know what he actually volunteered for at the public schools - other than be a doctor for Lincoln and etc. Just because he has an MD does not mean he will be a leader.

So disappointing.

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Myinput 7 months, 3 weeks ago on Teen recalls bullying stirred thoughts of suicide

Thank you for sharing your story. These types of stories are all too common. The teacher who bullied you should be fired!

Dream big.

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