Food fight! Parents have egg on their face in this one

I thought out-0f-control food fights were the stuff of TV movies, but apparently they happen – and too often at Berkmar High School in Lilburn. The persistence of food fights led frustrated administrators to close the school cafeteria this week.

According to the AJC:

Principal Ken Johnson sent a letter to parents stating, “We have had a number of food-throwing incidents in the cafeteria in the last few weeks, and as a result, students will be served lunch in their 5th-period classrooms until this Friday. All students will have the option to receive a balanced meal, just as they do when we serve lunch in the cafeteria, only with a reduced number of choices.”

Johnson noted that staff members monitor lunch periods and have identified and disciplined a few students for throwing food.

This is a parent problem, not a school problem. If you have raised a kid self-centered and arrogant enough to ignore teachers and cafeteria staff and throw food to the point the cafeteria has to be closed, I think you and your children need family therapy soon. Someone call Dr. Phil.

No school should have to shut down its cafeteria because a few lunkheads think it’s funny to throw food. (As the granddaughter of an Italian immigrant grocer who never gave up on a single green bean – it went into a family stew if it was too bruised to sell — I also hate to see food wasted.)

Come on parents. Let’s do our job and discipline our kids. This is embarrassing.

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Knows Better

February 25th, 2010
1:19 pm

This means that teachers have had to spend their 20 minute lunches baby-sitting a class full of teenagers, handing out lunches, collecting $, etc. Instead if punishing the culprits let’s punish all the kids AND the faculty AND the cafeteria workers. School officials need to take back control from the kids. This will never happen, especially in Gwinnett.

Southron Man

February 25th, 2010
1:21 pm

I wonder what the demographics of said school are? No matter; my three angels are in private school.

Jennifer

February 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

There must be more to this story than meets the eye. Sounds like a power struggle is going on and the school is out of control.

Just Sayin'

February 25th, 2010
1:27 pm

Southron Man – what in the world does the demographics and your “angels” have to do with anything regarding the topic?? Just askin’…

This is definately a parent problem. But unfortunately arrogance breeds arrogance and the culprits will probably never be justly punished. They’ll just have their cellphone taken away for a week. What? No texting?? *Gasp and swoon!*

Get a backbone parents! It’s easier to punish them NOW instead of waiting to bail them out of jail later. Little misfits.

Just Sayin'

February 25th, 2010
1:28 pm

1,000 pardons – I meant “definitely”. Fingers are typing faster than I can proof read! :-)

Ole Guy

February 25th, 2010
1:31 pm

Principal Johnson, according to the report, has identified AND disciplined a few students for throwing food. This ole dinasaur would just love to become educated as to exactly what the “modern” means of discipline might be…I know Ole Mr. Carpenter (RIP) would have turned a few paddles into splinters.

Hey, It's Enrico Pallazzo!

February 25th, 2010
1:42 pm

Can’t we find a way to blame the teachers for this? After all it happened at school. Everyone knows that everything bad that happens at school is the teachers’ fault. Everything good that happens at school is because of the hard work of the adminstrators and central office. (heavy on the sarcasm)

Joy in Teaching

February 25th, 2010
2:16 pm

I’ve had classes of students eat in my room before due to early release days. (Brown bags all around.) It was horrid.

Overall, the kids were nice and all, but there were ALWAYS spills to contend with. Plus, I couldn’t just get a few minutes to myself as they were always wanting to “tell” on each other, go somewhere (The answer was always “no”), or spilling things.

I feel sorry for the poor teachers at this school for having such a spineless administration.

retired

February 25th, 2010
2:35 pm

You hit the nail on the head Maureen. My kids would be so sorry if the school had ever called me on this one. There is no excuse. Maybe the school should charge these kids caught throwing food to pay the cost ofcleaning up or have them clean the lunch room for weeks…

V for Vendetta

February 25th, 2010
2:38 pm

This is absolutely pathetic, but it’s more common than you might think. Demographics are not the issue here; however, I do think socioeconomic status plays a role. I have a friend who did some sub work at Meadowcreek–not too far from Berkmar–and she said that the condition of the cafeteria in the morning after the bell rang was nothing short of horrific. She would describe food trays discarded on the ground, milk and juice containers strewn about, and bits of edible items squashed all over the place. All provided by your tax dollars, no less. (Meadowcreek has an ENORMOUS population of free/reduced lunch students–so does Berkmar.)

During lunch, she mentioned several times that students had started food fights and were running around unchecked by administration (or teachers). After lunch was over, the cafeteria was left in a similar state of destruction.

I find this disgusting for several reasons:

First, although race is not an issue, socioeconomic standing IS. I don’t care what your financial situation is; teach your kids some RESPECT. I’m sick of poverty being used as an excuse to act however you damn well please.

Second, as I mentioned above, most of the kids are on free/reduced lunch. It is TAXPAYER money that is getting wasted and thrown about. These students (and their idiot parents) have no regard for the service they are being provided FREE OF CHARGE–by the rest of us. It is completely intolerable and just one of many reasons I firmly believe this abhorrent program should be scrapped. I can buy peanut butter, jelly, and bread at Kroger for less than $5. These people have $5, just check out their kids’ shoes . . .

I can’t believe people aren’t making a bigger deal out of this story. In my opinion, it’s a perfect example of the kind of garbage (pun intended) we teachers have to deal with on a daily basis.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. We’ve allowed it to get this bad.

“If you’re looking for someone to blame, you need only look in a mirror.” -V

catlady

February 25th, 2010
2:47 pm

Good points, Ms. Downey, Knows Better, and others. Teachers should not have to babysit these thugs. Put the offending students OUT of school, then expell them. Let them throw food at home. We don’t have to pay tax money to “educate” pigs!

ABC

February 25th, 2010
2:50 pm

“V” makes a good point here. These kids have obviously not been taught a damn bit of manners. And I am thinking that it is precisely because the lunch is free that they feel no compulsions about wasting it.

Will T

February 25th, 2010
2:50 pm

Wow! Maureen, initially I was extremely impressed that this post did not start out blaming teachers (as so many do). Yet, it quickly became an issue of race and SOCIOECONOMICS! This has absolutely nothing to do with either. I must say, I wonder if it had been a DeKalb School what the spin would have been – I shutter at the mere thought! It is exactly a matter of parents not doing their jobs!
It is unfortunate the well-behaved students must be punished along with everyone else, but I do applaud the administration for at least standing up and trying to manage the situation. Most problems in schools are easy to trace back to parents. Too often we attempt to deflect the blame onto the teachers. Please, all of us, please wake up – the schools and teachers are similarly like bank accounts and can only work with what is deposited!

irisheyes

February 25th, 2010
2:50 pm

V, while I agree with you somewhat about the F/R lunch, I teach elementary, and I know that there are many of our kids that would never get anything if we didn’t provide them lunch and breakfast. However, I think that after this, the students (all of them) should be given peanut butter and jelly, an apple, and milk for the rest of the year. (And turn off all of the vending machines.) You act like this, there are consequences. Maybe in the fall, the upperclassmen will remember what happened and start acting right. After a couple of years, I bet that school will have the best manners anyone ever saw. (And they DO know how to act. When I monitor lunch every other day, I spend lots of time talking to the kids about manners.)

Ole Guy

February 25th, 2010
2:55 pm

Ya know, it would appear that there were, in all likelihood, some added expenses which were the direct result of this student chicanery. Clean-up costs, mess staff overtime in delivering chow/retrieving trash, etc, would be an expense for which those responsible for these damn kids should be held liable (read that to mean parents). If this same behavior were to take place in any restaurant, all involved would surely face a helluva lot worse. Of course, in all probability, this won’t happen…WHY? Because educational leadership has become conditioned to fear, YES FEAR STUDENTS and PARENTS.

Perhaps Mr Johnson will display some intestinal fortutude in presenting the parents of these damn kids with a bill. Of course, the easy way would be to simply allow the tax payers to absorb this bill.

MR JOHNSON, I BELIEVE THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT!

Chris

February 25th, 2010
2:59 pm

You know the ones doing this were thugs. Never fails. Always causing problems.

Sick&Tired

February 25th, 2010
3:02 pm

Definitely not a race thing or free lunch issue! I can’t image the things swepted under the rug that happens at non-minority majority schools. Yes, I can, my daughter attends one of those schools. Oh, the storeis I hear about.

I had two of those “precious little darlings” hit my vehicle with a ball and their parents didn’t think much of it. Not a food fight, but it shows the lack of consideration for the property of others and it’s reflected in the attitude of their parents.

cryin

February 25th, 2010
3:06 pm

its alot like the economy, if you turn the vending machines off, then paper money is loss.

sugarfoot

February 25th, 2010
3:07 pm

Schools are now just where parents send their children for babysitting. Times have changed, folks.

Maureen Downey

February 25th, 2010
3:07 pm

Will T, I do want to say that I don’t think it makes that much difference that the kids aren’t paying for lunch. I think most middle-class kids don’t think that much about the cost of the lunch as their parents pay it. (I pay for my children’s lunches with one big check each year.)
A co-worker pointed out to me that food fights get a lot of attention in movies, most recently in the one about roller derby. They are made to look like great fun and we never see anyone cleaning up the mess.
Maureen

It's society now

February 25th, 2010
3:07 pm

This is the state of education today and why schools are failing. It has less to do with teachers and curriculum and demographics…it has everything to do with kids who are raised with no mutual respect for others, whether they be peers, teachers, or adults. Religion isn’t the answer, it’s society and our “accountability-for-noone” mentality that we’ve fostered and allowed to run rampant in our communities. When people are no longer emphasizing manners because they are viewed as “old-fashioned” and seek to be friends with kids rather than role models, then kids are given cart blanche to do as they please and, forgive me parents, but these “angels” will become demons when given such personal liberty. Their role models have gone from mom and/or dad in the form of a living, breathing human, to the vapid, ego-centric people seen on TV like the Kardashians and the “Real” Housewives. Wealthy, foul-mouthed succubi and stoned-out, long-haired morons should not be the image that youth are trying morph into. Turn off the TV and get more involved with these kids and changes will be seen.

The pendulum swings both ways…perhaps with this recession blossoming into a depression and with our nation in crisis, the pendulum of accountability will begin swinging in the other direction and we’ll right ourselves again.

Bring back the paddle and respect will follow. When you start hearing “yes, sir” and “no, ma’am” more than you hear words like “entitled” and “yeah, whatever” you’ll start noticing a difference in our society. Read McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men and you’ll begin to understand the effect it’s having on the U.S. Yes, we’re a blended society, a melting pot, but respect transcends culture and should have a place in our country once again. In the meantime, watch the food, fists, and expletives fly.

Liberal Teacher

February 25th, 2010
3:12 pm

Its society now-
You go it but noone wants to say it because that would require too much work…

It's society now

February 25th, 2010
3:16 pm

Visit the Ron Clark Academy sometime. If you strip away the fancy surroundings and the unusual and innovative methodology, one thing in that school prevails…manners and respect. Once you’ve got those in place, you can make the impossible a possibility again.

I threw food in HS

February 25th, 2010
3:20 pm

Look, all you goody goody’s out there who think this is horrible were probably the uncool kids in school. As an adult and parent, I don’t want my kid doing it either, but they are just kids. They will do stupid things just like I did, and just like you did as kids. And if you didn’t do anything stupid, how the heck did you learn anything about life? You can’t read about that.

In my HS, there were food fights about once a year. For those who don’t want to talk about the teachers or administrators, let me tell you this, the teachers and administrators are not around during lunch. They eat in their own classrooms or in the teacher’s lounges, “taking a break from the kids.” PLEASE. In a work situation, cleanliness is everyone’s problem, and while at school, the workers ARE the teachers, admins, and it is their job to teach the children about pride in their school and education. Otherwise, the kids go into groupthink and want to do what everyone else is doing. But by ignoring the kids during lunch, the teachers are telling the students that only the classroom is a clean place, and in the cafeteria, it is a free zone.

I’m glad the principal has egg and mystery-meat hamburger on his face. He should be fired!

Adults, please!

February 25th, 2010
3:22 pm

How did this turn to an administrator vs. teacher blog. Everyone in the school benefits from a safe building. The ADULTS (parents, teachers, administration) need to to work together. When children make bad decisions at school, we all must contribute in the correction of that child. If teachers have to eat with students for 1 week, so be it. If parents have to come up to the school to eat lunch with their child, so be it. If administration need to be more visible and suspend students who are breaking the rules, then so be it!!! As long as the adults are blaming each other, the kids will continue to fall through the cracks.

When did a food fight become a topic on RACE… only in the South!

Ned Puddleman

February 25th, 2010
3:28 pm

Perfect example of a government run school. Instead of punishing the kids that started the food fight, they are punishing everyone else too. Why don’t they punish the cafeteria workers who served the food used in the food fight, the cooks who prepared it, and the farmers who grew it?

pj

February 25th, 2010
3:32 pm

Make the kids clean it up. Direct consequences.

Parent

February 25th, 2010
3:37 pm

Ah ‘Knows Better’, I hate to inform you BUT Berkmar is a Gwinnett County School!

John

February 25th, 2010
3:38 pm

I am glad my kids go to an almost all white private school :) Funny how the kids behave there and there are no food fight or other problems.

Alabama Jack

February 25th, 2010
3:38 pm

Shut down the cafeteria and let the little angels starve.

high school teacher

February 25th, 2010
3:43 pm

I have found that the “entitlement” kids are the ones who start food fights – those who have everything handed to them and have no regard for waste or destroying property.

momnteacher

February 25th, 2010
3:43 pm

I threw food in high school: I am a high school teacher, and I am in the cafeteria every single day for lunch (as are my coworkers). Additionally, there is a really big difference between making mistakes and learning from them and essentially being a disrespectful, sloppy pig. I fail to see how having food fights teaches anyone anything about life.

Bad Karma

February 25th, 2010
3:50 pm

Hey just because “Knows Better” doesn’t know where Berkmar is located does not diminish the fact that he/she is an expert on doomer-heads throwing food. Principle did the right thing, teachers did the right thing, most of us laughed when John Belushi yelled “food fight” in Animal House, but in the real world and multiple times that would lead to just what this administration did. Those that want to make a race thing out of this – get a life! Surf the web for a site that matches your base mentality.

jayde21

February 25th, 2010
3:53 pm

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Parent

February 25th, 2010
3:53 pm

I agree with PJ; and I’ll take it further, require the parents of the students that are starting this mess to help with the clean-up and if they refuse suspend the big monsters. If the ring leaders are suspended enough or their parents are made to help with the clean up each time in order to prevent their kids from being suspended, I guarantee you that there will be a notable change in those children’s behavior because those parents will get sick and tried and start beating their little asses!

Mom in Gwinnett Cty

February 25th, 2010
3:55 pm

I can not even believe what I have just read. First of all, I completely agree with “V”. Parents today do NOT teach their kids respect! That is why we are running into all these types of problems today. Parents just want to drop and go….not turning around to PAY ATTENTION to what their kids are doing, be it in school, at home or in the community. PARENTS – GET OFF YOUR FAT, LAZY A– AND TEACH YOUR KIDS RESPECT!!!! It is NOT up to the teachers to be the parent figure to YOUR kid. YOU are the one that brought them into this world, and it is YOUR responsibility to raise them!

In Wonder

February 25th, 2010
3:57 pm

Wake up people. We are seeing the affects of complete lack of respect for school by students and their parents. These kids know what they can get away with and since they know they can, will. There are NO consiquences to any behaviour – so their behaviour can be that of wild animals… their parents will always have their back and there is always a threat of a lawsuit. How can we be productive if all we do all day is worry about that?! We will just keep going behind and more teachers will take that blame.

Oh, and just because you had a food fight in HS or it happens once a year does NOT make it right! It is still WRONG! Make the kids clean the mess. Maybe they will think twice… keep them busy – out of trouble or making more babies. What is wrong with that!? They think they are adults outside of school… hold them that flame.

jayde21

February 25th, 2010
4:02 pm

Food fights? It’s a damn recession! With all this talk of cost-cutting and whatnot, those involved ought to be punished. There are stupid things that kids do while growing up and then there are STUPID things they do based out of arrogance, apathy and a lack of respect for people and property. It has nothing to do with race or class, though I agree with V that being poor should not be touted as an excuse for a lack of respect and morals, nor should it be accepted as a valid excuse. Hold the kids and their parents responsible.

Parent

February 25th, 2010
4:04 pm

ABC it’s apparent that you don’t have a damn clue; I can almost guarantee you that the children receiving free lunches are must more grateful than the children whose parents bend over backwards giving them their every desires. Those ‘priviledge’ children tend to be the ones who DON’T appreciate what they have.

atlpinto

February 25th, 2010
4:04 pm

Ummm … Middle School teachers already spend 20 mins eating lunch and baby-sitting their kids. Nothing new to me.

Todd

February 25th, 2010
4:05 pm

Is there a revolution coming? A food fight in my era (and it wasn’t that long ago) would have resulted in at the very least, detention, if not suspension for a number of days. I hope and pray that a revolution IS coming. It is time to stop pampering the kids AND the parents and take control of the educational system again. If the parents are not going to discipline the children in a way that drives the message home, then the school should and MUST take the initiative. If the parents’ don’t like it…tough!!! Do it at home and it won’t have to be done in school. Folks, we are raising a generation of apathy. The children don’t care, because the parents are either too tired from working feverishly to ensure that their precious offspring has everything that they could every want because [they] had to do without when [they] were children OR the parents are just do damned lazy to take control. The manners and social acceptability of the children of today is alarmingly poor. If the only way to your child’s brain is through their butt, then that’s the path you take. If your child learns from sitting and talking, then go there. Find something that works for your child, don’t give up just because “time out” isn’t working. Swat that ass!! Maybe a few times of that will drive the point home. It is the parents and only the parents that have crippled our schools and our society as they don’t want anyone telling their child how to act even if that child is disrespectful or disobedient. Get off it, folks. If your child behaves that way around me, then I will say something to him or her…obviously your parenting skills are lacking or you have not found the best way of getting your child’s attention. Punish the bad ones, not everyone!

Dr. John Trotter

February 25th, 2010
4:05 pm

Perpetual Food Fights At Gwinnett’s Berkmar High School!

By Dr. John Trotter

This is pitiful. As an administrator, you simply suspend the students for a couple of weeks. This usually always does the trick. Mommy and Daddy don’t want to have to deal with little Bobby for two weeks. If the student has been in a lot of trouble, move to expel him or her for the rest of the semester or year. You can’t imagine the world of good that this does for the rest of the student body. But, to give up and throw your hand in the air and punish the rest of the students because a few miscreants want to act like fools, this is asinine! Oh well, it just illustrates what we have been saying for years…the schools, especially the large urban schools, are out of control. The administrators are spineless. Jellyfish. And you want to base a teacher’s pay on how little miscreant Bobby does on a standardized test? Stupidity reigns in today’s public schooling process. The politicians, the state policy-makers, the school boards, and the administrators are complete bozos when it comes to running a school. You simply get rid of the troublemakers. You cannot run an effective school when the troublemakers are having food fights in the lunchroom and playing cops and robbers in the classrooms. Some thugs (misnamed “students”) are intent on one thing each day: causing as much chaos and disruption as they can cause in the school environment. As difficult as this is to believe for some, this is a fact, Jack. By the way, Berkmar High is another school which MACE has had to picket in the past. As I now write, the MACE Picket Squad is picketing the principal at Atlanta’s Douglass High School. (c) MACE, February 25, 2010.

ACC 12 Booster

February 25th, 2010
4:09 pm

When I was in high school in Indianapolis back in the mid 1990’s a food fight broke out in the cafeteria where the dropouts who were gangbangers and had been in alternative school at one time had all comeback to school before Christmas just to ambush the principal by attacking her with gobs of food as well as start a food fight with a rival gang. Inside the cafeteria the kids were throwing food, outside the cafeteria the alternative school kids and gangbangers were throwing bricks at each other and any administrator that they could catch in their sights. During my four years at this school some aspiring arsonists also attempted to burn down the administration building twice in my sophomore year alone and in my junior year the school had to be locked down and patrolled by the city and state police because rival gangs had attempted to overrun the school in a period in which one administrator was beaten and hospitalized with a broken leg and another repeatedly had her house and her car broken into. During this week-long lockdown the city police kept at least two cars and a patty wagon on campus at all times during the school day to deal with the heavy amount of arrests that resulted from the 30-40 fights that were breaking out each schoolday.

In addition to that, in my eighth grade year before I went there, the school had to be locked down and patrolled heavily by the city and state police because of rioting in which racial tensions were overflowing and rival gangs were also trying to overrun the school. Unfortunately that was nothing unusual for an urban high school in the midwest as many schools had that same problem keeping order as my high school had a long history of race and gang problems and kids with emotional problems starting trouble. Another school, in the suburbs, about 10 miles away from my school was also torched during that time as arsonists tried to twice burn down a new gym at that school in back-to-back years. I’m not saying that excuses what went on at Berkmar, but it seems mild in comparison to what happens in other parts of the country, I guess.

Get a grip PEOPLE

February 25th, 2010
4:12 pm

First, of all it’s nice to read that racist ignorant people still exist in this world. Socioeconomic status is not to blame. Kids being kids and not using good judgment are to blame. It’s sad that all the kids had to suffer and be punished because of a handful of unruly students. An excessive free/reduced lunch ratio in a school does not make it a bad school. Obviously, the ones reading this article only reads about bad things reported about Berkmar. Last, year I clearly remember an article being posted boasting about Berkmar being nominated for one of the top 1500 schools by Newsweek. They were one of a handful of Gwinnett County schools that were nominated and they ranked in the top 400 academically. Oh, I didn’t see the private school that the “Angels” attend or the predominately white school the other blogger mentioned. Bad things happen everywhere and only a few make the newspaper. So, start doing research before condemning an entire school and their population rich or poor. Oh, and for the true Southerners a great football team and attendance at the football games does not indicate the school is good. So, we are all entitled to our opinions but some people write from their racist background and not from a realistic standpoint. Oh, I’m almost positive that the most of us who are fairly well off were not born that way so stop degrading those people who are barely making it financially.

Really??

February 25th, 2010
4:21 pm

The administration at Berkmar is amazing. If these administrators did not do what they do everyday and have the kids on lock-down, the school would be in a much worse situation. There are tons of administrators AND teachers watching every lunch everyday. The problem is that it is hard to catch the individuals who throw food as it is many of them. If you have a suggestion on how to do that, please inform everyone. Mr. Johnson has the biggest balls for standing up to the situation especially when he knows there will be backlash like this. The program seems to be established to stop a problem before it starts. Food fights happen everywhere and obviously Berkmar will not stand for it at all. So, I think it is a good idea to nip the “problem” in the butt before it becomes a real problem. Get the details on the good things this school has to offer and there are some amazing ones due to the administration being so strict before you judge.

Maureen Downey

February 25th, 2010
4:23 pm

@Really?? I don’t think the issue is the principal – at least not to me. I think the issue is the behavior of the students and the need to go to such drastic measures. I applaud the principal. It does not sound like this was a single incident.
Maureen

Sally

February 25th, 2010
4:24 pm

I am an elementary teacher and YES the parents are the problem. I used to love my job. I wanted to be a teacher since I was in third grade. Now I hate it. Students are out of control! Parents will not believe that their little angels did anything wrong. I am shouted out, cursed, and totally ignored everyday. The worst offenders refuse to believe their child is in the wrong even if other students tell the parents what their child did.

Kayree

February 25th, 2010
4:28 pm

Bottom line…total lack of RESPECT. Respect for themselves (students), respect for teachers, respect for the cafeteria workers who prepare the food. Maureen is correct that this is a complete lack of “home training”..where you should first encounter respect is in your own home. Why weren’t the culprits or brats made to clean the entire lunchroom from top to bottom?

jayde21

February 25th, 2010
4:28 pm

It’s a damn recession! Every other day I hear and read about cost-cutting and budgets and lay-offs, now these kids want to waste food?Food fights are NOT learning experiences! Kids today (not all, but a sizable majority) have no respect for people, property, rules or themselves. Not all parents are self-absorbed lousy lay-abouts who taken no interest nor show any value for a good education, but as shown, there’s a sizable majority also. Kids are supposed to be taught morals, respect and friggin’ common sense at home! I agree with V in that poverty should not be used as an excuse for bad behavior, nor should it be accepted as such. It’s the teachers job to teach, not to be damn baby-sitters to high school kids who ought to know better. As Todd said ‘Swat that ass!’ I remember the days of belts and switches. When the the threat of a phone call or worse, a parent-teacher conference struck fear in to my heart. The behavior and it’s rampant acceptance is far beyond ridiculous! Parents who aren’t doing their damn job should be held accountable right alongside their kids. Kids won’t change if their parents are setting bad examples for them or aren’t showing any interest in them at all.

Teachers Underpaid

February 25th, 2010
4:32 pm

It has to be the teachers fault somehow, right??????