Public school has begun in Washington State this week. Two issues have arisen in specific schools that we are asking our readers to weigh in on. This site has a significant and diverse readership. Your opinion will have perhaps more influence than you might imagine.
Please take a moment, familiarize yourself with the conflicts, then vote in our poll. Your opinion will be helpful.
Question #1. Concerns the matter of Mick Moulton, a teacher at Morton Jr. High School.
KOMO news reported yesterday that Moulton has failed to report to class each of the first three days this week.
In 1997 some female students said Moulton inappropriately touched them. Court documents show more complaints were filed in 2005. A discipline letter was sent to him. There were more complaints in 2008.
Subsequently, Moulton, 56, was convicted of inappropriately touching four girls in 2008 and served 16 days in Lewis County Jail. He was accused of touching the girls on the back or shoulder. He said they were pats of encouragement.
Superintendent Tom Manke fired him.
A judge has now ruled that the teacher can't be fired for that and cleared him to return to his classroom at Morton Jr. High this year.
During the first three days, parents have pulled their kids from his classes. When he returns, he will have only 22 students in his 6 scheduled classes.
Randy Dorn, Washington School Superintendent, has stepped in to determine whether Moulton should be teaching.
The State's consideration is underway during the next couple of weeks.
What do you think they should do? Please vote in our poll.
Question #2. Concerning the school seizing student cell phones if there is probable cause the kids are bulling through texting.
Last year at Oak Harbor High School, 4 students were bullying and threatening a fellow student through texting. There was apparently no physical contact.
This year, Oak Harbor School District has proposed a new policy that will allow the school district to seize a student's cell phone if there is probable cause that they are using it to bully.
The ACLU of Washington says the school can't do that without a parent's permission.
Ironically, a school can facilitate a student getting an abortion during class time without parental notification or permission. Ballard High School--last school year.
The Oak Harbor School board is considering the matter at this time.
What do you think they should do?
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