While the Los Angeles Unified School District, with more than 640,000 students at nearly 1,100 schools and charter schools, was getting wide media attention in softening its policy on students with bad behavior by sending them to principals offices or counseling centers rather than issuing citations or arresting them, a nearby school district was getting tougher, notes Grumpy Editor.
On the same day the new, less punitive Los Angeles policy involving students caught fighting, vandalizing, possessing alcohol or marijuana, or worse, was announced for the nation’s second largest school district, Compton --- a Los Angeles suburb --- revealed the new policy for schools in its unified school district will allow campus police to carry semi-automatic AR-15 rifles in trunks of patrol cars.
As activists, educators and justice officials praised the new L.A. policy for misbehaving students, some Compton residents were unhappy about the new policy for the 27,000 students in their district.
Compton’s policy allowing rifles in patrol cars, as presented to the school board, could be a “more effective means to protect the students, staff, community and police personnel in high risk and/or dangerous situations.”
IN CASE YOUR FAVORITE NEWS OUTLETS MISSED THESE…
FEMA. Those four letters were not heard in broadcast news reports from the 6.0 magnitude California earthquake yesterday centered around Napa. The shaker, biggest in the region in a quarter of a century, damaged buildings and set some homes on fire. Yet, no mention of the Federal Emergency Management Agency coming to the rescue with assistance... It wasn’t too far back when widely-appearing photos of wilting corn stalks illustrated “climate change/drought effects.” Now, U.S. farmers are up to their ears (a bit of humor from Grumpy Editor) in the crop. As The Wall Street Journal puts it: “Months of wet weather have fueled expectations for a corn crop so large that mounds of the grain will be a common sight across the Midwest after the harvest, which starts next month.” Production is expected to exceed 14 billion bushels, topping last year’s historic harvest…The Washington Post’s editorial board says it will no longer use the “Redskins” term in identifying the D.C. football team. Reason? Some Native Americans consider use of that name offensive…Whoops! A 28-year-old contestant from Long Island who appeared on VH1’s “Dating Naked” series on July 31, files a $10 million lawsuit against the show’s producers and Viacom, the network’s parent company, claiming she felt “beyond embarrassed” by an uncensored naked crotch shot. Seems her genitals were not pixilated, as promised…With less advertising sales that supported its $291,000 budget, the student newspaper at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, eliminates Fridays and now publishes Mondays through Thursdays…Post-vacation surprise: When Gopal Ratnam, national security reporter, returned to the Washington, D.C. Bloomberg News bureau after two weeks reporting in the field, he was immediately laid off, joining others at the D.C. office who bid farewell over the past two weeks… More on Los Angeles Times new publisher Austin Beutner: LAObserved.com notes, “While being paid $675,000 a year base salary plus an annual bonus with the target of the same amount, Beutner will also start to build up a little ownership stake --- a head start in case he ever wants to buy The Times”…Double whammy: Along with Florida’s orange growers facing a bacterial disease hitting trees, Americans are snubbing the breakfast beverage for more exotic juices.
Some listeners and Department of Justice (DOJ) staffers tuned to ABC Radio news on Tuesday may have missed a slip of the tongue by President Barack Obama who declared:
“The D-O-Gee works for me."