The new Michael Jackson movie, “This Is It,” does not get my attention like what went down in Richmond, California last Saturday. Synopsis: A 15 year old girl was gang-raped after a homecoming dance. The other atrocity was the twenty some odd onlookers, who snapped photos and sent out text messages as she was repeatly raped, robbed, and beaten on her high school campus. Is this why California is bankrupt? Remind me to never visit Richmond, California. The East Coast is for me all the way. There are several very confusing issues to dissect about this assault:
- Why were there no escorts or officers manning the campus after this major event?
- Since this school is in a vulnerable community, where was the faculty?
- How dare the School Board from Hell attempt to take no responsibility?
- Father, where art thou?
- How did the alcohol get on campus?
- Parents, talk to your children.
- CNN, get some Board-Certified psychiatrists and discuss the real issues, PTSD, depression, and future Suicidality.
This school has its reputation, as seen in the movie, “Coach Carter”. Portraying a stern coach who made a change, Samuel L. Jackson, a fellow Morehouse Man, did not remove the stench associated. This school is in an impoverished area, and per the reports, the outside cameras were not even working. Focus on the school board. Attention parents, check on things related to safety and security in your children’s school. Ask questions about cameras, fire-alarms, and other means of security when you send your children to school.
Faculty on the DL
Where was the faculty? I love good old Harper High School. I know that my former principal would have had control of campus movement and faculty at each door. For some reason, the school wants to take no responsibility. Oh yes, you will take responsibility. You are afraid of a future lawsuit and you should be for now. There should have been tighter control of the post-dance flow of traffic. School administrators must exercise due-diligence to have a good idea of what is going on at your campuses during school and during and after school-sponsored events. A lot can happen after a dance, and in this case it did.
School Board, Get a Lawyer
Dear School Board Members,
Please be advised that your representative who made comments was ignorant. It was obvious that he had no clue and doesn’t have a daughter (I hope). Even I know that if someone falls in my office, whether I pushed them or they tripped, I am liable. This recurrent and brutal rape and attack, School Board Members, took place on your school’s campus. Therefore, it is my solid recommendation to get a lawyer and stay out of the media. However, if you so chose to have a representative to speak, don’t send that black man (who looks like he just made an appearance in the 1970s Shaft movie) back out to represent you guys. He was appalling; both non-committal and not too sympathetic.
Where’s My Daddy?
All of the articles say that the father was feverishly looking for her the whole time she was being repeatedly beaten, raped, and dehumanized. Parents always arrive 30 minutes (at least) before the end time of the event. Parents you have to be smarter than your children. If they say that they’ll be ready at 10:00 p.m., you arrive between 9:15 and 9:45 to scope out the periphery and watch that last dance. If it is a night event, go into the school, chat with faculty and locate your child. Do not wait in the car, outside, after the event is over. Trust, the freaks come out at night.
The problem with “teeny boppers boozing” has been around for years. Let’s face it parents, most of us had our first trial with alcohol somewhere between 13-18., and enjoyed the process. (All of you were not religious during high school, i.e. SAVED) Parents are going to have to address some basic principles: 1) Do not accept drinks from friends or strangers, period. You never know what people put in the bottles/cans when you are not looking. 2) If you cannot afford to purchase your own, just don’t drink. 3) If you want to experiment, get it from home, from your parents bar. The alcohol is more than likely safe and has not been laced with drugs. 4) Drink at home and kill the option of drinking and driving. This is one of the top causes of teenage death.
Parental safety tips
Parents talk to your kids. What you did back in the day ain’t safe no more. Drinking and driving, in some cases, just walking, can lead to danger. Don’t scold your kids with dos and don’ts and threats of prison. As a psychiatrist that sees a plethora of adolescents, it just doesn’t work. Children of today are thinkers and somewhat more advanced. Some of them don’t even fear the penal system and know that the penal system is a joke. You have to know how to coach topics with pertinent phrases such as, your safety and your well-being. If the teenager feels that you are engaging them in discussion, the preventive medicine will work.
Who loves Dr. Gupta?
I ain’t a hater, but sometimes CNN refuses to get the correct expert to provide evidence based data. The whole duration of this issue, I only saw a charter school principal and, I guess, a therapist or psychologist. However, I believe a board-certified psychiatrist would offer you, CNN, a sound clinical opinion. Hell, I will do it for free to really get the information, prognosis, and recommended treatment available for the 15 year old. I am really glad they didn’t call Dr.Gupta this time, because as physicians, we all must stay in our lane. In other words, we should comment only on our designated medical specialties. Dr. Gupta is not a psychiatrist, and proved this when he misdiagnosed that troublesome football player with Bipolar Disorder when, at most, he had antisocial personality disorder. In my professional opinion, this teenage girl is now set-up for PTSD and major depression, as well as, suicidality. This observation was never made by any of the CNN “experts”.
Points to Ponder:
- Cancel all homecoming parties at Richmond High until you fire the current administrators and get new ones.
- Demand to see the safety plan or safety officer at your children’s school (Broken surveillance cameras should not be tolerated).
- Talk to your children openly and honestly about social habits, i.e. drinking and smoking (Yep they do it and you know it).
- Teach your children responsibility, openness, and security techniques for this century.
- Communicate and stay involved with your children. As hard as it is to admit or accept it, this young lady most probably had some emotional issues that facilitated her placing herself in such a vulnerable position. However, rape is still wrong and I hope that her assailants are bound, tied, and castrated.
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