Jefferson High Update

School was evacuated and classes were eventually canceled because of the violence. Luckily no one was seriously hurt. Students say the underlying cause behind the brawls is the suspension of Principal Kenneth Jackson.

He's off pending an investigation into grade changes he made last year. Things were calm at school today... and most credit that to beefed up security... right now administrators are looking into who sparked the chaos... they say they're in the process of identifying those involved. they intend to take full disciplinary actions against them.

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  • by Jane Location: Roscoe on Sep 14, 2007 at 06:39 PM
    To citizens Marquetta and Cheryl, Please, ladies, learn how to spell and properly compose sentences before making any comments regarding the state of education in the Rockford Public School District.
  • by Brittney Location: Rockford Illinois on Sep 14, 2007 at 02:49 PM
    There were actually more injuries than you think...A young man about 16 got his jaw broken after atacking a police officer.The police officer then slammed the young man into a wall of lockers. A young girl had an asthma attack after almost shattering her elbow. After that a young girl got jumped by multiple students and passed out. Dr.Jackson would have been at that school not even 3 minutes after he got the phone call...he is a good Principle and he does not deserve to be suspended.
  • by Larry Location: Rockford on Sep 14, 2007 at 02:02 PM
    Why aren't you posting the people who disagree with what Dr. Jackson did ? He appears to have many very good qualities but there is no way to justify giving grades that were not earned . He did not help any child whose grade was changed . Let all of the kids recieve the grade they earned by doing the work required.
  • by Chris Location: Rockford on Sep 14, 2007 at 08:33 AM
    This was clearly an excuse for students who have no interest in pursuing their education to act like complete ninnies. Those responsible members of the student body who chose to act in a respectful manner should not be punished, but those who took advantage should be hald accountable in a way that indicates that our school district is no longer putting up with this kind of behavior. It is absolutely unacceptable that schoolchildren act this way, particularly since so many of those involved are technically adults or will be soon. We should take this as what it is - an indictment of the current educational policy in this district. Are you aware that many schools in this district have no metal detectors at the doors, no way of checking for guns and knives, and no hall monitors? What are we doing to safeguard the lives of our children and the educators who have devoted their lives to bettering those of their charges? We need to wake up to the growth of violence in our schools...
  • by Doug Location: Rockford on Sep 14, 2007 at 07:03 AM
    Why is acting superintendent Linda Hernandez disciplining a principal for something that happened last school year and was addressed by the Superintendent at that time. Is she going to review all the decision made by the previous superintendent?
  • by Karen Location: Rockford IL on Sep 13, 2007 at 08:18 PM
    Of course students that failed and got D's are loving Dr. Jackson, but what are they being taught by this? That you're not responsible for earning your own passing grades? How about the students that got D's and their parents weren't notified that they were doing that poorly? Should those students get C's? The teachers have taken this situation to the State Board of Education, Linda Hernandez has to comply with what the State is asking. Parents should be asking to see papers, grades, reports, and contact the teachers themselves to see how their children are doing. A lot of things were hidden by Dr. Jackson to make things seem better at Jefferson, not all students feel that he was the saviour! Suspensions, arrests, explusions were not allowed to make things seem better. How loyal is Dr. Jackson to Jefferson if he made the statement that he "may" be going to Florida with Dr. Thompson? Is it any wonder that the grade situation was approved by Dr. T? People need to wake up and see reality.
  • by Cheryl Location: Rockford on Sep 13, 2007 at 07:08 PM
    If this scholl district cared about its students, and decided to teach them rather than care about what they wear, it might be a better school district.
  • by Chelsey Location: jhs on Sep 13, 2007 at 06:09 PM
    i dont know how,but someone has to do something about the school violence....whether its kickin kids out or putting cops on every corner of every hallway. once again please cover the WHOLE STORY next time.
  • by marquetta Location: rockford on Sep 13, 2007 at 04:50 PM
    You people wonder why the kids act like they act these days, well you, the educated authoritative figures forget that you are there for the kids education, not reliving your own. kids are people,too and when you take away something they like they retaliate. It probably was a lot of things brewing before with them and Mr. Jackson being there, made them keep it inside, but when he was snatched from his job( for what I can see for doing something fair) I don't know details but I know I went through something simmular ,my son went 4 years at a local school, he played basketball all 4 years, made valuable player 1 year and his last year of school he could not walk across the stage with his friends because he was short of a half of a credit,yes I said half a credit to graduate, I was not informed he was failing his class.He had a coach, too, so I had to pay 140.00 for him to take P.E. for that half a credit in order for him to, he had passed all his required classes to graduate, He graduated.
  • by DotComBeatz Location: Rockford,IL on Sep 13, 2007 at 04:19 PM
    Im glad Jefferson is back to normal,like it should be...
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