Someone posted on CG about how blacks and hispanics make up 9% of school population but 55% of suspensions. As per usual trying to stir the racial pot by making it seem that this happens because Melrose is racist and not because these children are the least likely to behave. being a former para in a Melrose school and having had two children graduate less than 10 years ago I can say unequivocally that these children got away with a lot more than whites, so if they are getting suspended more, those being suspended must have done some serious things. Nothing racist about Melrose High, in fact when my kids were there the Metco students had privileges such as their own spaces the white kids were not allowed in.
As long as they perpetuate the belief that this happens because it's the white mans fault instead of recognizing the fact that these kids are more prone to act up, the problem will only get worse.
"Eyeroll" sums up the dirty underbelly of bigotry in this so-called "quaint" Not "Open to All" community. Referencing "these children got away with a lot more than whites" and Metco students who supposedly "got away with a lot more than whites" is so flagrantly racist without even reading beyond those truly disgusting remarks. That this person claims to have been a school district employee tasked with being in the classroom should be shocking but sadly is not, knowing the kinds of horrible hires this district has made and that the school committee (and in fact the majority of community "leadership" if anyone should call it that) has sanctioned and rewarded for the past 15 years.
Other posters have aptly characterized Melrose as a dark and nasty backwater that could just as easily be Alabama, when the light of actual social justice is shined on it, that is. The OCR Findings prove this, and even more so, the lack of official and community outrage proves it even more. Disgusting and horrifying that such individuals walk around in this town and feel just fine displaying such hateful and ignorant attitudes. And given the way the community has allowed and even sanctioned such attitudes, this is just par for the course. Tee up for another round, have another drink, get to the yoga class or the nail salon, be sure to elbow out the others for Room Mommy or coach, be sure to be seen at PTO and the ball fields, proudly proclaim the superiority of MPS over anyplace else because you had "two children graduate less than 10 years ago," and then relish the trash talk with like-minded "true Melrosians" about those kids who spend over three hours a day on a bus to go to school here, "these kids" who "get away with more than the white kids" that you claim you have a right to say "unequivocally." Just disgusting.
Agree with "Not Open to All". For the record, some of those cheering the original poster are some of those most guilty of cheering a district, and even working in it, that has been proven to be heinously in violation of basic standards of conduct, not just when it comes to racial issues, but in bullying overall, in mistreatment of special needs students, in atrocious conduct of administrators and elected officials towards any who stand up to injustice. Some of the cheerleaders on this FB post are in fact chronic district sycophants and bullies in their own right, all while waving the banners of MAAV, etc. It's sickening. Some of the communities worst loose cannons are their gushing over the original post, which is something that deserves serious consideration and community self-reflection. Melrose should be ashamed, but it doesn't demonstrated enough of a conscience as a community to be so. Yet the cheerleaders will think that these momentary little outbursts of superficial "concern" by the parent nutjobs prove how great it all is. Meanwhile, the original poster here is the flip side of the fake concerned parents, in this case the openly racist former district employee/parent who needs to vent some hate about those "Metco kids." Wondering if there is any hope for Melrose at all!
Agree with past two posters. One excellent question on that FB page, "Why does Melrose have a Human Rights Commission?" Hypocrisy on top of sickening hypocrisy here.
IF MELROSE IS OF THE MIND THAT YOU SAY IT IS
WHY DID YOU MOVE HERE
Before everyone flips out they should dig deeper into the data. As the old saying goes, there are lies, **** lies and statistics. The data quoted is from 2015 and indicates that there were 14 in-school suspensions (6 involving black students) and 18 out –of school suspensions (4 involving black students). Setting race aside, a discipline rate of 32 actions for 3,717 students over the course of a year seems exceptionally low.
Back to race. What is not mentioned is how many of these involve the SAME STUDENT. Rarely does a first offense lead to an out of school suspension. It would take only a little digging for any SJW to discover that one student was involved in over 50% of these actions. Is this cause for alarm? Should we go to the taxpayers and ask them to start shelling out funds for all kinds of training for our district which is already talking about an override just to stay afloat?
This is pure Social Justice Warrior nonsense. Dig deeper into the issue. Taking action over 10 cases of discipline is absurd.
Melrose is NOT open to all. Not even open to those who grew up here, have recently gotten married, have combined careers making $132k, are paying $1800 for a one bedroom apt. and looking to buy and can't afford to pay 50k-100k over asking. And if you did that, did you really think you were moving to a community open to all? Were you looking for diversity? Why didn't you chose Malden? It's funny that you make yourselves feel good by moving to a community with that slogan but in your heart you really don't want the diversity, do you? When I graduated 12 years ago the minority students did get away with a lot more like disrespect to teachers, and loud, obnoxious cafeteria behavior.
Facts are not racist.
Go back to CG,FB and all your racist talk. Take Bill Cosby with you.
I'd like to thank all the guilty white people posting here. Because of your non sense and illogically thinking I have my great President. If you weren't such annoying trash, the country would have probably voted in Hilary. So, again, thank you from a middle class Melrosian : )
Wait a minute you must have not read about the teacher who told the black student to go back to the plantation. Naomi Baline the president of the teachers union along with the superintendent GUILTY!