I don't have a lot to say this evening, but I hope that what I do write, briefly, is impactful. Because a number of people have contacted me recently within the last several days about a very sudden, disturbing trend in some of our local high schools.
I have heard that at Long Reach HS and Oakland Mills HS, but especially at Wilde Lake HS, there has been what appears to be a recent uptick in students fighting each other and that the fights are breaking down along racial lines. At Wilde Lake, it is at the point where staff members no longer feel safe to do simple things, like exercise discipline in their classrooms, or walk the halls. One staff member there went so far as to send me a picture of a "safe room" she is constructing at the school-- in jest, of course. Or is it?
What's worse about this situation at Wilde Lake, which has been the source of most of the comments I've received, apparently there are some African-American students who are hoping to provoke white police officers or staff members or Administrators into acting violently towards them. Not that any violence in any school is appropriate, but I find this especially disgusting. And yet, how sad it is that young people are thinking about doing such a thing?
I am sure there are multiple sides and issues in play at the various schools involved, there are things I am missing, etc. That's fine. Please comment and lend your perspective instead of bring critical. I don't pretend to have all the answers, I simply write what I see and understand and think.
And I think that Howard County is no place for this crap to go on. I know that despite what many blinder-equipped HoCo Boosters claim, Howard County is capable of, and acts out, the same evil that as seeped through so much of American culture, especially recently. Racism, sexism, prejudice based on pretty much any factor you can think of--- "otherism", let's call out. Some people in HoCo could stand to be more tolerant to people to look, speak, pray, and/or love differently than they do. But we also have a choice to reject this garbage. We need to be a strong community and work within our schools to address these issues to keep the schools safe, and keep them wonderful places for young minds, hearts, and spirits to grow and develop.
I'm out tonight, folks. Let's be careful out there.
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