The behavior of the Wood River High School students at Atkinson’s Market between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. on school days is appalling. Pushing, shoving, shoplifting, general disorder and disrespectful behavior is something to witness. It has reached the point of Atkinson’s posting employees at each exit door to check bags of the students, as well as many posted in the aisles they frequent to watch them. Best not to try to shop during this 30 minute period; it’s impossible.
I have called the school the last two days to talk to the principal about her discussing this with the students. It would be fully in the right of the market to bar them access. I have not received a call back. The school secretary told me this is not their job to police students off campus. I would think the school would care about their reputation in the community.
I have lived in Blaine County since 1972. Seems like a sad comment that school manners and comportment have sunk to this level, and the school not willing to address it.
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When I was in school many years ago, we weren't allowed off campus. Maybe that is the answer.
Exactly. Also, whenever someone comes as a visitor and rings the doorbell at the high school, they are automatically let in, no questions asked. This doesn’t happen at other schools.
Exactly they should have the resource officer come outside and personally ask what there doing at a public school during school hours. They should put the recourse officers office by the front desk for added safety or at least put a camera on the door bell or something to see who’s ringing it.
I agree these kid’s supporting a local supermarket daily is a unwanted cash flow that isn’t wanted by our community.
I haven’t witnessed this behavior yet on the supermarkets. The only thing I want to contribute to the discussion is that I do agree with other comments about the very lax attitude the administration has over their students. It’s a phenomenon I haven’t seen yet in other school districts where I am from. I recently went in to talk with both the principal and one of the vice principals about student discipline and academics. One of them told me the students had “free will” when discussing attendance and tardies. The other one told me that in a case where the student is in danger of having too many absenteeisms or tardiness they do not tell the parent but they do address it to the students. This is the problem. This school in particular is trying to erase the parents out of the picture. They are treating the students as if they were already autonomous adults. And this is just one of the many consequences of this attitude I have seen in the administration and staff. I hope more parents take notice of this, if they care to at all. Schools should work together with the parents, the most important persons in a child’s life, and not try to undermine that relationship.
Warning miss information: “The other one told me that in a case where the student is in danger of having too many absenteeisms or tardiness they do not tell the parent but they do address it to the students.” This is false the school alerts parents in many ways from a phone call if your kid is marked absent in a class and also a letter warning the to parents that there student has almost used there allotted amount of days in the attendance policy they signed at the beginning of the year.
I avoid going to either market during their lunch hour but I pity those people who live on the street that lead from the high school to the markets. For them it's "Ladies and Gentleman...Start Your Engines!" It's an all out race to see who can get to the store the quickest. [scared][scared]
Maybe we should talk about the old folks, blocking the aisles with their walkers and empty shopping carts, oblivious with their hearing aids turned off, masks down around their chin collecting drool, bumbling their way out of the parking lots.....?
Hey! My hearing aids were on!
My Doc suggested I try some (hearing aids) but I don`t really need `em.
From my experience, the majority of these young adults are very polite. I don’t go into Atkinson’s at this time of day because I know these guys are in a rush to get back to campus.
^Andrew gets it
I experienced the same thing at Albertsons this past Monday. Rude and disrespectful students during the lunch time break. While I understand the school is not responsible for students behavior off campus, I do think the school should address the community's concern. Like it or not, the student's behavior is a direct reflection of their school, their family, their sports, clubs, and their place of employment. While I expect energy and excitement from a teenager on their lunchbreak, I am shocked and disappointed at the rude and disrespectful behavior they display in the grocery stores on a daily basis. If the school does not address the problem, perhaps the store managers should step up.
(Shouldn`t the parents be held responsible?)
Absolutely not. The students themselves should be held responsible.
(I don`t have kids). You seem to point toward the school, why not the parents?
Ah, to once again be 17!
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