Below is a letter sent Aug. 28 via email to Palmdale School District Superintendent Raul Maldonado. I fear that it may have fallen on deaf ears, as this letter has not been responded to. Considering the nature of the issue, I feel that exposure is the only way to conquer this problem. I hope this helps bring the necessary awareness to our community to better protect our children.
Dear Mr. Maldonado,
This letter is for information purposes to inform our community of educators, staff, noon duties or anyone who may be in direct contact with our students. As a concerned parent (and I’m sure that I’m not the only one), I strongly feel this is an extremely urgent matter that should be addressed immediately.
Those students who I feel are at the greatest risk are middle school students. This doesn’t mean it’s not happening at other grade levels. This is a problem that extends to all school districts of L.A. county, but happens to be of great importance to myself and my family considering we now have firsthand experience right here in our own district. I feel as though it’s my civic duty to inform all schools, someway somehow.
At the end of last school year, my child was exposed to extremely graphic — and I emphasize extremely graphic — pornography while on school campus during school hours by another student using a cellphone.
My wife and I have absolute confirmation that these events have been taking place in locker rooms, the cafeteria, outside and even in class. You name it and it’s there.
We decided to share with our child’s principal some of the events that have taken place in the school before the end of the year. We figure as parents we have to give the principal the opportunity to get ahold of the situation and make necessary adjustments to correct the problem.
My concern is this: Will word get out informing anyone else of the ever growing problem? Will it be kept on-site just at this school and efforts just fade after a week or two? Has your staff had the integrity to tell you?
I was eager to attend back-to-school night. I did, but felt greatly disappointed just by the general atmosphere. Maybe it was just utter disgust at what my child had been exposed to, knowing he will spend another year there.
I was curious to know the results, other than “I assure you it’s not happening because our staff already knows our cellphone policies… blah…. blah… blah.” I decided to ask some staff members if they were aware of such a problem. Their answer was no. Not very responsible if you ask me!
Now I do take into consideration it has only been a few weeks since the beginning of the school year and your AP’s are barely settling in. But I make no excuses for administrators in the lack of their performance of duties nor will I accept blame for not doing my part.
I may ruffle a few feathers or step on a few toes but the word should spread as far and as fast as possible, not just on deaf ears. This is important now more than ever when schools will start asking students to bring their own devices for school purposes and promote using fallible resources such as Youtube for tutoring.
Be vigilant, be strong, be aware. Parents will thank you, Palmdale will thank you, California will thank you.
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