Thursday, December 10, 2009

Olympia HS Teens Walk Across I - 390




  
The D&C Blogger reported on Dec. 9th: " ... I found myself muttering “are these kids crazy, they think they won’t get hit?” when I was driving on 390N yesterday as Olympia let out. A new group of Invincibles decided that it was perfectly safe to cross the expressway instead of taking Maiden Lane. I hit the brakes, along with probably 6 or 7 other vehicles spread across the lanes as they crossed without a care to their safety or to the accidents that could have happened between cars."

SCATS ~~ If I'm not mistaken, it is still illegal to walk on an expressway! 911 should have been called along with the BOE, the GCSD Supt. and the principal of Olympia HS. The district needs to put out a message to Olympia HS students warning against such risky behavior.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, should the GCSD BOE, Supt and Principal be called when the cherubs misbehave at the mall on a Saturday night? How about the PARENTS???? I taught my child how to cross the street at 5 years old. Why is THAT the school's issue - just because it was at dismissal? No one in the school district catches a break with some of you. We are not in charge of RAISING your children.

SCATS said...

To 10:29AM ~~ I wonder if you taught your child how to cross the expressway at 5 yrs. of age, too? Will you give them a refresher when they reach HS age, just in case they forget the lesson?

You see, it's not only unsafe for the walkers, it's unsafe for the drivers. I think that's why it might be ILLEGAL TO WALK ON AN EXPRESSWAY! A reminder to Olympia HS students and/or their parents would seem to be in order. It might prevent a tragedy that results in the focus being put on grief counseling instead of education if no action by GCSD is taken. Just because it wasn't on school property doesn't make it an issue that absolves the district from "doing the right thing."

Anonymous said...

I agree with SCATS on this one. Where is it written that people can't look out for others or other people's children in such a situation? That attitude that we ought not do so is a huge problem in this town. So much for "Good will towards man" ......

10:29 I must ask. Who pee'd in your eggnog? Did it ever occur to you that maybe some of the kids causing trouble at the mall also attend school at the mall? I know we're not supposed to talk about that but you brought up the topic.

Anonymous said...

11:45 - I could have just as easily said Wendy's, Red Lobster, etc. I chose the mall...it was not an intentional singling out. Wow, who peed in YOUR wheaties? And, SCATS, I know it's illegal - but notifying every single "administrative type" person at GCSD seems a little over the top, don't you think? A reminder to Olympia students and/or parents doesn't seem out of line, but why the suggestion to call the board and the Superintendent. It's reactions like those that just make it seem like you're "looking for something to b***h" about with the school district.

Anonymous said...

So 10:29 ,what would YOU suggest as a way to get out the message that some young people think that it is ok to walk across a highway where cars are traveling at least 55 mph? The only way to notify the parents is through the school and at the high school it would have to be by mail. There are no back packs checked on Fridays at the high school level.
My suggestion would be the state police to make sure that they don't enter the expressway. They must have jumped the fence because if they had walked to the end of the fence at maiden they would have taken that road.
This is a very dangerous situation.

Anonymous said...

Sorry SCATS, not with you on this one. So you now want the school district to babysit high schoolers even when they're not in school? IMO, not a well thought out idea. There's already a pedestrian brigde over 390 for people to use. Do you also want the district to tell kids they shouldn't roam the streets at 3 am breaking into cars? Or is that a parents job?

Government cannot babysit society throughout their lives. You can't want that, do you?

Do you want the school to get rid of grief counselors? OK, then you want the district to stay out of what you may think is not their responsibility. So your believe makes even less sense.

Like 11:45, feel free now to attack me for having an opinion. Do you actually want opinions, or just agreeable yes men?

Wondering when you'll threaten to shut down this thread because everyone isn't seeing it your way or no way. ;)

Anonymous said...

Sorry completely off subject but was wondering if anyone has received their d and c calendar?
Tried to ask at the main 232-7100 number and it has a voice prompt system that only gets you to their contracted subscription customer service. They did not know whether they are still publishing the calendar. It would be interesting and discouraging if they discontinued this service which has been a tradition in Rochester and is of course the reminder for the tip which is definitely well deserved by our carrier. She kept asking me for our address so she could send a message to the carrier but I declined giving her that. I don't want to disturb someone who gets us our paper by 6am each day no matter what the weather for far less than the publishers make. Just wondering. Thanks.

SCATS said...

To 11:56AM ~~ My suggestion to include the higher ups is two-fold. First to ensure the bldg principal takes care of the issue and second because this could very well end up becoming a life or death situation for a group of students. Let the powers that be who make the big $$s (The Supt & principal) earn them. Let the BOE in on the "secret" in case they want more done to monitor it (Legal CYA).

To 12:25PM ~~ The district already babysits high-schoolers. Don't believe it? Just look at the test scores at some of our schools. By the way, you must not be monitoring things very well. GCSD is preparing to open a "Family Counselling Center" so they will absolutely become involved in students out-of-school lives with that ;)

To 1:42PM ~~ Here is the email addy for Karen Magnuson, Greece's finest on the D&C staff. I suggest asking her your question directly. Please let us know if she bothers responding, whether her response is helpful and how long it takes her to get the job done. We'll be watching :)

kmagnuso@democratandchronicle.com

Anonymous said...

to 1:42 - Yes, we have received our D&C calendar for the next year. Features some old-time Rochester memories from the 40's, 50's and 60's thru the photo archives.

Anonymous said...

3:11
Thank you we will wait then.
And if the photos are from archives then they are putting no work from present photographers in it. Like a copy of a scrapbook. Quaint but could be put together by a high school intern.
And I will keep that email to Magnuson in mind for future reference.
And scats you are right about the "student crossing" area on the expressway. Maybe there should be a new sign up to warn us of that like the jumping deer and cattle crossing signs. Your visual design person could make one.

SCATS said...

To 3:46PM ~~ I've forwarded your suggestion to my artistic friend for consideration ... brace yourselves :) lol

Anonymous said...

10:29am Are you serious? The school is already involved in many facets of student's lives outside of school. They don't tell them not to drink or do drugs only when they are at school do they? I blame the fact that teens have gone wild because schools refuse to help parents. This is a classic example. Olympia needs to step forward, get involved and fix this before tragedy strikes.

Anonymous said...

We MUST contact the school. The town got rid of all the counselors and the GPD are smacking into pregnant women on that same strip not to mention we've got shooters, strippers, hookers and more.

Somebody has to give a damn, right?

Anonymous said...

Thank you artist in residence of the blog. Priceless.

SCATS said...

To 12:18AM ~~ I'll pass along your compliment ;)

Anonymous said...

I say you should blame the OLY principal. She is too busy playing with the Arcadia principal.

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Anonymous said...

Just what/who is it that SCATS is smarter than?

SCATS said...

BLOG Administration deleted and is reposting the comment from 7:07AM minus the name-calling:

Anonymous said...
Hey xxxxx, take your foot out of your mouth-they weren't Olympia Students! They were your Beloved Odyssey ones (MS)-been confirmed

12/11/2009 7:07 AM


To 7:07AM ~~ I don't know who you are calling names, me or the person who originally reported this. Of course, mental bankruptcy results when you lower yourself that far ;)

Thanks for letting us know it's Odyssey students (which I doubt, but it is possible) though. Perhaps this explains why they fell off the Top 100 Schools chart that was just announced.

SCATS said...

To 10:30AM ~~ I give up. A fifth grader maybe?

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone be surprised by these kids walking around on the expressway? Greece kids walk in the road after school every day. We've wasted our tax money building sidewalks for them. The schools haven't educated them to be bright enough to use them!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Parents are responsible for their kids stupid behavior. Parents need to take responsibility for is not ignorance. This behavior is learned from home. The school is not responsible for all their shortcomings and stupidity. Should the staff take them by the hand and walk them home, I think in High School you would know not to do this at their age, and if they dont the parents should be ashamed.

SCATS said...

To 12:01AM ~~ The issue isn't whether or not they know not to do it. The issue is that they are doing it. Given that, I feel the district needs to speak up. If they don't and tragedy strikes, it will result in a lot of lost educational time that gets spent grieving the loss ...

Gee, I wonder where you stand on sex education ... have you fought any mandates?

Anonymous said...

Again, SCATS and the liberal elite thinkers are right. Government needs to take an even more active role in controlling our everyday lives. Bigger government really IS the answer. SCATS, how much do you think the government should raise taxes on working stiffs to pay for your requested government expansion?

SCATS said...

To 12:49PM ~~ Liberal & elite? LMAO @ that!! The Republicans around here are far more liberal than I am.

Regarding costs:

How much does it cost to add a comment during in-school announcements?

How much does it cost top get PTA to do something proactive for student safety?

How much does it cost to send out one of those telephone alerts? How much does it cost to post an eye-catching "heads up" to the school's website?

I'd say pennies, if anything. Nice try at sniping though. Better luck with your agenda next time :D

Anonymous said...

You don't need to explain yourself SCATS. I agree with you. Simply raise taxes on working families to pay for your suggestions to expand the school district operations. Or take the money away from teacher contracts to pay for it. Hold firm in your beliefs and don't be swayed by those who want smaller, less intrusive government.

SCATS said...

To 3:06PM ~~ you wrote: "Simply raise taxes on working families to pay for your suggestions to expand the school district operations."

What expansion are YOU talking about? Why would taxes have to be raised when all of the means for delivering the message are ALREADY in place?

When it comes to "holding firm" it appears you are attached to that flask with the eggnog ;)

Anonymous said...

SCATS, it's called grasping at straws. People like 3:06 who work in bureaucracies are adept at it.

Anonymous said...

People like 3:06 support the need for this blog. Thanks for all you do SCATS.