Yeah, something stinks at Atlanta’s
South Atlanta High School!
A custodian said one time to me as he was observing some real shenanigans going
on in a school: “Something in the milk ain’t clean!” Well, something in the milk ain’t clean at South Atlanta
High School! Let’s start with
the principal, Esmie Gaynor. She hails recently from a school in Brooklyn, New
York. MACE has had numerous
complaints from this school about the leadership at the school and the lack of
discipline. Teachers tell the MACE staff that there was essentially a riot at the school at the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year.
When MACE staffers began showing up at the
school, the teachers apparently became very happy at MACE’s presence –
many teachers joined on the spot, even in the parking lot. However, one teacher
reported to Dr. Trotter that the principal was apparently nervous at MACE’s
presence at the school in the afternoons. This school, South
Atlanta High School, is veritably one of the most
dangerous schools in Georgia.
Nevertheless, because of the obvious “mis-reporting” by the leadership at
the school on the Discipline Reports submitted to the Department of Education (required
by the federal No Child Left Behind Act), the school was ranked as the third safest high school in the Metro Atlanta area. Balderdash! It is about as safe as Baghdad
As reported recently by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (in its focus on the discrepancies
within the discipline reports), Atlanta Police Officers were called to the school
at least 50 times this past school year, “including multiple times for thefts, burglaries
and weapons offenses” (August 16, 2006, p. A 12).
But the leadership at South Atlanta High
School did not report a single weapon offense! Hmm.
Yep, something stinks at South Atlanta
High School! MACE picketed the principal at this school twice last school year. Perhaps
more pickets are due this year – if Superintendent Beverly Hall does not get off her lazy butt
and do something about the mess at South Atlanta!
The students and the teachers of South Atlanta High deserve better!
August 9, 2006