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Posted on August 29 at 8:37 a.m.
I don't know how a 16 year old can learn a lesson by dying Jarvis but you have serious issues to even be able to say that. And retprotector, I agree that it is good he did not kill a family, I'm so glad that he did not hit someone in a smaller vehicle but don't you guys think it is sad that this happened? I fully agree with the wrong way tire poppers for the freeway and think that there should be signs that say WRONG WAY in red when you are getting on the freeway the WRONG WAY.
My daughter knew this boy, he was a good student and a baseball player at San Marcos High. Kids this age make dumb choices and sadly these choices can often be irreversible. As a parent I think it is very sad, look at how young he was, just barely starting out in life and had everything ahead of them. If this was due to alcohol and drugs I hope that other kids will really pay attention, including my own. RIP kiddo, so sad for his family and friends and teachers that loved him :(
On Teen Killed on 101
Posted on July 12 at 10:56 p.m.
petej, you didn't read the article correctly. It clearly states that boats are NOT being allowed in the water right now....
On Authorities Searching for Man Missing at Lake Cachuma
Posted on June 8 at noon
dwedly, that's your opinion about minority... the minority is what is lesser and at Harding, white kids are the minority and if they have red hair, which my son does, then they are mercilessly picked on. I didn't know the extent of it until my son was done at that school and he told me all the names that the kids had for him and called him, in front of teachers, on a daily basis. I complained about my son being the victim of racial slurs to the Principal and she didn't even address it because he was white. It's not acceptable. My son was dumb enough to make a joke in front of another student once that had to do with skin color, and he didn't make it in a mean way was just repeating a joke that he had heard from a fellow student, that happened to be hispanic, and my son was suspended from school for making a racial joke. Hopefully whoever they get into the school next will be watching of the caucasian kids at the school and make sure that they are NOT being bullied by the MAJORITY at Harding. Until the school has more diversity, it will be a low scoring school with a bad neighborhood reputation and white families will have their kids go to Monroe, Adams and whatever other schools they can get them into.
On Harding Principal Vanesha Davis Resigns
Posted on June 7 at 12:13 p.m.
My son went to Harding for 2 years, my daughter for only a few months. As Caucasian kids they were a minority, BIGTIME. The school is about 97% Hispanic and the level of learning is very low. There is a lot of gang type behavior from the kids and my boy was constantly picked on but it was our school district and we wanted him to go to school close to home so we kept him there. Transferred our daughter out because she was more of a serious academic and wasn't being challenged at all, plus she was picked on way too much by the girls for her being white. The teachers allowed it, Ms. Kingston allowed it and though I complained regularly about my kids being treated badly due to the color of their skin, nothing was done because white kids aren't "minorities", although at Harding they ARE. Also, it seems to be a school full of new teachers with little to no experience, a place to cut their teeth while hoping for a better teaching environment to move onto. There are a lot of potentially great things about the school but so much is lacking. To improve things it has to start with an experienced Principal who will find a way to lure more white families into letting their kids attend (there are plenty of white families in the neighborhood but they refuse to let their kids go there due to really low test scores) and then once they are there to treat those families with dignity! Experienced teachers would be good too. Need to lure them somehow also and then keep them there by treating them well and paying them what they are worth.
Posted on June 1 at 12:07 p.m.
One story previously reported that the young lady had been pretty intoxicated and argued with her friends before taking off. There is clearly more to the story and as with the other negative things that happen in IV, like rapes and stabbings, the news doesn't report it...
On Man Survives Fall from Isla Vista Cliffs
Posted on May 26 at 10:43 a.m.
I can imagine that the parents are grieving in many ways that aren't typical when losing a child and that they can't talk about it yet, which is why there has not been a public apology. Besides, what can they say that will give anyone comfort? Nothing! If your child did something like this, how would you react? I wouldn't be able to breathe, it would be hard for me to live knowing the child that I raised did such horrible things. There have been interviews with family of the parents who have said that they are devastated and broken, which I'm sure that they are. They should never have sent him here and they are probably wishing that they could have changed things but it's not possible. Nothing that they say today is going to change that. They also still have 2 other children to comfort and whose lives are severely and probably forever impacted by what happened. One of them, his little brother Jazz, was on his list to die.
On Disturbing Details Released in Isla Vista Murders
Posted on May 25 at 9:52 p.m.
He didn't belong up here in school, the more I read the more I can see that. I can't help but wonder if his parents thought he was a danger to his sister and her friends and that's why they decided he should come to school here. They paid for his rent and spending money so he could do it and clearly he couldn't handle it, he kept calling home having meltdowns. There is a certain responsibility, and they know it, he wasn't capable of having an adult life. It's all sad and I totally feel it could and should have been prevented. I feel that they tried but they knew the dangers, there should have been more that they were capable of doing and more that our society could have done too. Ugh, just so sad.
Posted on May 25 at 12:58 p.m.
foofighter, you're tripping! He was paranoid and completely socially handicapped... his parents should NOT have sent him to school here, I fully agree on that but his misunderstandings about power and rape and love, etc. are not based upon Hollywood, if his writing is honest... it's based upon his misunderstanding and misinterpretation of relationships because his parents didn't talk to him about stuff and because he learned what little he knew from peers that bullied him and told him stories.
Being loved and having intimate and affectionate relationships IS something that makes us feel valued in life and it was something he didn't understand or have the first idea of how to get because he was too afraid to act. He didn't want to admit his fear was a weakness and instead he blamed others and felt being angry was a sign of strength. He was mentally ill, his brain didn't work right, he didn't understand things that way that most people do. That's the reality.
Posted on May 25 at 11:53 a.m.
I think once we hear more of his family's and friend's stories about him that we will probably learn he was in therapy for half of his life and medicated for mental disorders off and on. I don't KNOW this but Elliot wrote about seeing different therapists and once about meds, and he was in Independent study for most of high school because of his social awkwardness... however, he was writing his point of view and what stood out to him, he wasn't writing about his mental illness. I've heard "high functioning autism" was a diagnosis for him.
More details here about seeing a therapist since he was 8. He sent his parents his manifesto the night of the shooting, his mom saw it and then checked his youtube account and saw the Retribution video, called his dad and they were on their way to SB to find him when they heard about the shooting. http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/25/justice...
Posted on May 25 at 2:04 a.m.
I'm tired but I read the 140 page manifesto to try to get some type of understanding... it's more of a diary of his life, he was an angry and lonely soul, had thoughts about women that probably were unfounded but his deep seated fear of them was an obsession. Sad stuff, totally crazy in the head :(