We talked about DAEP in DISD earlier today. It's an educational holding cell for kids that have some something the district sees as too big to ignore. The problem is that the kids don't stay there.
We do a pretty good job of catch and stopping fights and drug use, but what do we miss? Bullying and sexual violence.
At my campus there was a boy who was caught, on camera, exposing himself and trying to force himself on a classmate in a stairwell. Writing about it makes me angry and physically ill. The kid gets sent to DAEP for 30 days. BOOM! Got him! That'll teach him a lesson. When he returned, not only was he put back into the same class with a very uncomfortable female teacher, but he was put in the SAME CLASS PERIOD as the girl that he attempted to assault, on camera, in a stairwell. Irresponsible doesn't even scratch the surface.
The parents know, the administrators know, the teachers know, and all the important people in the situation know what happened. The only thing I can do as a blogger, since no one else wants to, is call it what it was. Attempted rape. A student tried to rape another students and everyone is just sitting here trying to pretend that it was just a mishap between 2 students.
If a facility exists where students are to be sent when they have done something terrible, this student should have earned himself something a little more stringent than a 30 day trip. If attempted rape and being caught with marijuana are the same thing in the DISD handbook, I'll eat my keyboard. This kid at least earned 31 days for his behavior.
Some of our schools just plain aren't safe, but they can be. What does it take? Honesty about our DISD schools.
Safety in DISD Schools
Drama at DISD Middle School - Dade