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New Jersey school slammed for turning away students for minor dress code violations. GOOD FOR THEM!

National School Safety Taskforce
National School Safety Taskforce

Dress codes are a critical part of a well managed school.

  1. Dress codes create order which helps in the learning process of students.
  2. Dress codes reduce sexual contact and harassment.
  3. Dress codes teach children how to dress professionally when they become adults.

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One New Jersey charter school’s decision to turn away students on the first day of classes for seemingly minor dress code violations has outraged many, both within and beyond the school community.

On August 27, reportedly “half” of the high schoolers enrolled at Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark were dismissed upon arrival for their first day of classes for being out of uniform, NJ.com reports.

As the students proceeded to gather at a nearby park, local basketball coach Ma’at Mys spotted the group and paused the youth basketball camp he was running to investigate what happened.

“Marion P Thomas locked their doors to students who don’t have belts or all black shoes,” Mys wrote in a Facebook post with footage he captured at the time of conversations between himself and the Thomas students. “This is how charter schools help high risk children. If you have a child at the school, reach out to them.”

The clip has since gone viral with over 121,000 views and sparked great debate on the social platform.

While some Facebook commenters voiced support for the teens’ dismissal over the uniform abuses, others were furious that the students were refused entry – on the first day of classes – and were effectively locked out of the building.

Meanwhile, Interim Chief School Administrator Misha Simmonds told NJ.com that parents were immediately contacted if their child had been dismissed, and that school officials soon acknowledged that “turning students away wasn’t the best approach for student safety.”

School administrators issued a letter next day that did not apologize for the incident but explained the logic behind the controversial decision.

“Since its inception, Marion P. Thomas Charter School has had a uniform policy. The policy is intended to help our school promote a more effective learning environment, foster school unity and bridge socioeconomic differences between children. Wearing a uniform teaches students appropriate dress and decorum in school, helps to improve student conduct and discipline and prepares them for their future workplace,” the statement read.

“Our high school team wanted to ensure our students complied with this policy, for all of the reasons aforementioned. Their best intentions led to some students being asked to return home. We have communicated with our families who were impacted by this decision.

“While we realize school policies are important, we recognize that our students’ well-being is our utmost importance. Therefore, we have implemented a process that will not compromise the safety of our high school students.”

Moving forward, the Thomas school has launched a fundraiser to gather regulation uniforms, footwear and accessories to “stock an emergency closet for our students.” In addition, Thomas students have been provided black tape to conceal any white detailing on their school shoes, Yahoo Lifestyle reports.

Cameras Make Schools Unsafe – 3 Myths About School Safety

ALERT school violence schools
ALERT school violence schools

One of the great frustrations we at SERAPH have had in our work with securing school environments over the past 20 years is the obsession many school board members and school administrators have with security equipment such as cameras.
In this article we will set the record straight about security equipment; when is it useful and when it increases security problems?

After the Columbine massacre on April 20, 1999 the school spent an obscene amount of money on security equipment for the high school. Six months later a student walked through these systems with a loaded handgun. The school administrators didn’t understand school safety before April 20th and they had learned little after it. Human beings must manage other human beings!

Myth 1: Security cameras can provide a low cost monitoring system for each school in our district.

Wrong: Security cameras record an incident they cannot prevent it. Even if a school has a monitor in the front office [which is a good practice] or in the principal’s office [also a good practice], someone must see the problem and initiate a team of properly trained human beings to respond.

Security cameras do not have peripheral vision or cognitive function. They cannot see what the human eye can see and they cannot make a decision.

Myth 2: Cameras will prevent students from acting up. If they know they are being watched they will be more likely to behave.

Wrong: Please. Many years ago the practice of installing cameras on school buses was instituted in many school districts. To save money only one live [real] camera was actually working in one of the buses. Each day that real camera would be moved around to other buses [hopefully]. We have found that the students always know whether their bus has the live camera or not. This usually happens because they overhear untrained staff talking about it.

When human beings of all ages become aggressive, they usually loose focus and self control. Cameras cannot stop students from being aggressive.

Myth 3: Security equipment is school safety.

Wrong: A well managed school is a safe school! Lack of training for staff and administrators and consistent management of people is what makes your child unsafe.

FBI Classify Children As ‘Terrorist Suspects’ and They’re RIGHT!

Domestic Terrorism SERAPH Dale Yeager
Domestic Terrorism SERAPH Dale Yeager

The FBI said that 15 million teenagers in high schools across America should be regarded as potential ‘terrorist suspects’.

While I have serious concerns about the FBI’s Communities Against Terrorism Program, they got one thing right. Radical extremist groups have infiltrated schools in the U.S. and are recruiting pre teens and teens to be soldiers in their aggressive and criminal activities.

Don’t believe me read my white paper on the subject: Negative Behavior Youth Movements in the United States and their Effect on Domestic Terrorism

The FBI explains in the C.A.T.P.  “Preventing Violent Extremism In Schools Guidelines” wants school officials to watch for “statements or actions which cause concern”. Schools should focus on a student’s behaviors and communications,” such as supporting “domestic extremist movements,” international terrorist organizations or hate crimes this would include but not limited to ANIMAL RIGHTS AND ECO‑TERRORISTS, and anti‑government or radical separatist groups.

Well the SERAPH Education division has been teaching this to school administrators for over 20 years.

The new generations of radical extremists are coming out of our public and private schools.

Q: What don’t you know about your children’s school?