Students Call for Safety at Jesse Bethel High School

This morning, Jesse Bethel High School students Kaitlyn Dart, Carin Cheney, Melissa Wood and Edward Coulier were positioned along the Ascot Parkway across from the school. The four are calling for improved safety in the wake of the recent fatal shooing of classmate Max Rusk near the school. A number of campus issues were mentioned including alleged full blown riots involving 50 or more students at a time and an apparent effort on the part of the school administration to keep incidents from drawing public attention.

'Students Call for Safety at Jesse Bethel High School' have 52 comments

  1. May 20, 2015 @ 9:05 pm Christin

    he was my cousin and I thank you all for doing this for him! and thank you all for supporting the family he meant so much to me I can’t believe he is gone!


  2. May 20, 2015 @ 9:19 pm worthlessbishop

    Superintendent refuses to answer questions about school safety:


  3. May 21, 2015 @ 10:12 am Bong Hit

    It all fits into a pattern of denial, deflection and a sad attempt to fool the public about the dysfunctional state of Vallejo schools. The rioters that the girls talk about should all be transferred to a single reform school site like People’s High.

    Get the violent and habitual disrupters out of the general school population. Eventually the families and friends of the good students will prevail in a class action lawsuit and force the inept schools administrators to enforce discipline and protect the innocent children that desperately want to learn.

    This bizarre and deadly environment in the schools today is the product of extreme liberalism and failed progressive education policies that have been years in the making.


    • May 21, 2015 @ 8:29 pm Ben

      The failure here is the districts. It sure isn’t what hazel wilson labels every white person with, the plantation mentality.


      • May 22, 2015 @ 6:53 am Reverseracismisreal

        Seriously. If the student were black, you know that this would be a civil rights issue.


  4. May 22, 2015 @ 6:23 am Goat

    What a heartbreaking loss, so close to graduation and new chapters of a young life.

    And from what the student protestors say, the loss could have been prevented. Among other things, they are asking that their security cameras work, that there be a safety officer (police) on campus, more appropriate action to violence on campus & problems, more visibility of the problems… Seems reasonable. Apparently one of the suspects had robbed a couple students at gunpoint the day before.

    As an aside, the first young woman who speaks on camera is a brilliantly composed & articulate spokesperson, very impressive! (Kaitlyn Dart)


    • May 26, 2015 @ 2:18 pm Kaitlyn Dart

      Hi!!! Thank you so much for your kind words and support!!! I didn’t see these comments until today. One of my teachers had mentioned that I may want to read them and now I’m glad I did!


  5. May 22, 2015 @ 6:46 am Bong Hit

    I sure hope people will take the time to watch and listen to the video Marc provided. The students are saying the security camera system is not working at Jesse Bethel high. Curious, it’s a fairly new system with some of the cameras added just a couple years ago. Ask yourself why wouldn’t the administration want video evidence of the riots and ongoing, regular violence on campus. I’ll bet you can think of many possibilities.

    Shameful, disgusting, incompetent, ignorant and damn dangerous politics are being played by the knuckle-draggers in charge and children are the pawns in this sick game.


    • Vallejo Voter

      May 22, 2015 @ 11:12 am Vallejo Voter

      Didn’t Vallejo just elect new board members – Burky and Ruscal – both of whom campaigned on a platform of transparency and responsiveness to the Parents and community? I’ve searched for information on the School Board’s statements regarding this issue, or parents’ comments in response to a School Board position Silence. The students’ accounts of “riots” or “fights” involving 50 or more people, on more than 1 occasion – possibly 10 – and an incident where one of the murderers of this young boy had a gun on the high school premises the day before and held someone up at gun point are disturbing to say the least. In any other community, these incidents would be on the front page of the local paper, Police Chief would be making statements, along with the board members and school superintendent to communicate with the parents, students and community. But Vallejo, silence and brush it under the rug, but for VIB, is SOP. Sad.


      • Vallejo Voter

        May 22, 2015 @ 11:20 am Vallejo Voter

        I’m more confused: One of the students interviewed by Marc reported that one of the guys who shot Max was on campus the day before with a gun, and used the gun to rob her boyfriend. From the newspapers, one of the killers, Zachery Kroll, is 19, and the other, is 16 but from Suisun City, Elisha White, Jr. Did either even go to Jesse Bethel? If not, how did one of them get on campus with a gun the day before? Jump the fence? Serious issues.


      • June 1, 2015 @ 10:17 pm Rebecca Dart

        Burky and Ruscal are the only two on the Board who are trying to make a difference. They are approachable and REALLY LISTEN to people who bring up issues. The unfortunate thing for all of us is that they are outnumbered by the old school who are not up for changes unless it involves more pay for themselves.


  6. May 23, 2015 @ 3:45 pm worthlessbishop

    Ramona refuses to answer questions (again!):

    seriously, she doesn’t even return to work?!!


    • May 31, 2015 @ 4:41 pm Kaitlyn Dart

      This can only be signed by people who live or work in the city of Vallejo to be effective. Please sign and share. I am the student who was in charge of the protest and now I’m leading a petition.


      • June 1, 2015 @ 6:34 pm worthlessbishop

        I love your moxie. Teachers have been ignored for so long that many have given up trying and many have left due to fears for their safety. It is heartbreaking to leave the kids you love behind and it is tragic that you lost your friend. This former teacher in Vallejo fully supports you in this. Don’t let any adult tell you that you don’t know the way things work in the real world or these are adult decisions that need to be made.

        I’m doing all I can to get the word out on your petition.


  7. May 23, 2015 @ 4:36 pm wharf rat

    The District is so compartmentalized that another Grand Jury investigation or one by the AG will be required
    to FORCE change , what I find glaring is the high quality of thought and articulation shown by the two Students interviewed by Marc , compared to Bishop’s lack thereof , imo either of these remarkable young Women would be a superior Superintendent for Our District .


  8. May 23, 2015 @ 5:52 pm Former VCUSD employee

    Just spoke with former colleagues. They all rear that Alana Shackleford will replace Bishop. Shackleford will be worse than Bishop and she is licking her chops because of this whole incident. She has been wanting something this epic to bring Bishop down. Ramona, you have been played. And now we will have someone so power hungry and venomous to replace you. Time to move out of Vallejo.


    • May 23, 2015 @ 7:50 pm wharf rat

      The Trusties hire and fire the Superintendent ,unless somehow the State gets involved , having learned from past transgressions this can be a very ”weak link” , the Community MUST insist on a ”real ringer”there is still much damage control to be done while dealing with major issues daily , perhaps some re-invention is in order .


    • May 23, 2015 @ 8:29 pm worthlessbishop

      As someone who also used to work in the district that would be a nightmare if Alana was selected as the superintendent. I think she has burned a lot of bridges though and know that some of the board members that like Ramona do not like Alana at all, but the board also isn’t known for making good decisions. They may choose Alana because they are lazy and not very thoughtful.


    • May 31, 2015 @ 4:42 pm Kaitlyn Dart

      This can only be signed by people who live or work in the city of Vallejo to be effective. Please sign and share. I am the student who was in charge of the protest and now I’m leading a petition.


  9. May 24, 2015 @ 9:45 am Former VCUSD employee

    They will be bullied and threatened into hiring Alana. Just watch.


  10. May 26, 2015 @ 10:22 pm wharf rat

    Just a hop away resides the Cal Berkeley School of Education , who once placed Graduate Students , Doctoral
    Candidates , post-doc’s and even Faculity/researchers into a well established partnership/collaboration that had decades in the making …. This was no professional Peacockery or ego tripping , rather it was a on-going
    partnership between Educational Institutions of different levels , but with similar objectives .. VUSD was chosen because it had a strong ”backbone” and a well known ”Master Teacher” component …. The rest is history , Our once storied School system has become at best average , when it was once EXCEPTIONAL ..
    We lost the Crown Jewls of this Community , and owe an apology to Our Students and all the exiled Master Teachers …..


  11. June 2, 2015 @ 7:37 am Bong Hit

    New KRON report

    Take a look at the Vallejo High principal who ignores the reporter and saunters away. It’s so typical you won’t believe your eyes. It would be high comedy if not so tragic for the innocent kids involved.


    • June 3, 2015 @ 5:18 pm worthlessbishop

      And just saw Mommsen on KPIX 5 chastising Max Rusk’s mom for him not being in school. It seems like everything wrong in Vallejo schools is everyone else’s fault except the board and Ramona. They want to take all the glory with Ramona speaking all over the state about “her” sucsess but refuse to own up to any of the problems.


  12. June 3, 2015 @ 5:45 pm wharf rat

    Typical ploy , attack the victim … As of now NO live stream of Board meeting , not surprising , must be a tech glitch or something …


    • firebug

      June 4, 2015 @ 9:51 am firebug

      With daily riots of dozens of students can you blame well behaved students for not wanting to be “safe” on campus? Mommsen is a pathetic excuse for a school board member.


  13. June 3, 2015 @ 9:06 pm Bong Hit

    Wow, just wow. What a bad look for our Vallejo Schools.


  14. June 3, 2015 @ 11:01 pm wharf rat

    Considering their collective skills , and presence on Deck …. They are all ”Supercargo” —— Ramona only ranks a PFD —- with a steady leak ………….


  15. June 4, 2015 @ 6:20 am Vallejo Parent

    Raymond Victor teaches music at Vallejo Community Arts Foundation’s summer camp. I will not be sending my student there this summer. I refuse to pay any money to have my kid near this guy. What a jerk!


    • June 4, 2015 @ 5:26 pm Anon

      Raymond Victor is a jerk that asked a relevant question. I guess it is ok to shoot the messenger. Don’t blame the victim because all victims are innocent (?????).


      • June 4, 2015 @ 7:49 pm Paula

        Oh my. Should the kid have been skipping school? No.
        Should the penalty for skipping school be death? Hell no.
        Should a school board member say something like that to the dead kid’s mom? You have to be effing kidding me.


      • June 4, 2015 @ 8:44 pm Former VCUSD employee

        Anon, what he did was tacky! But it isn’t the first time he has broken out in rage, ask a few bartenders around town.


        • June 4, 2015 @ 9:46 pm Anon

          Ok, it was tacky, maybe rude. He is a jerk. I’m not defending Victor. I am saying that to find a solution(s), that question has to eventually be answered. Sooner rather than later


          • June 5, 2015 @ 1:08 am Martin

            No, we’re dealing with a general question of violence here, so the question of why a particular student was not in class does not need to be answered, although, since the student in question was shot, it is possible he was led away from the school grounds at gun point by an assailant who did not want to do the deed on campus.

          • June 5, 2015 @ 2:22 am Martin

            And it was not “tacky, even rude”, it was a breathtakingly cruel piece of assholery. He is talking to a mother of a boy murdered a couple of weeks ago and implies the victim was to blame because of the trivial offense of truancy? I respected Raymond as a musician, but I’ve lost all respect for him now.

          • June 5, 2015 @ 8:48 am Former Vsucd employee

            Anon, you were defending him.

  16. June 4, 2015 @ 8:30 pm wharf rat

    Cant find the link anywhere , not found on kpix website either


  17. June 5, 2015 @ 11:06 am Bong Hit

    June 4, 2015 – Vallejo parent says son is being harassed by teacher

    June 4, 2015 – Parents go to Vallejo school board meeting to talk school safety

    June 3, 2015 – Mom of murdered Vallejo student confronts school board

    June 3, 2015 – Vallejo student caught with ‘dangerous object’ on campus

    June 3, 2015 – Cell video captures Vallejo middle school school fight

    June 1, 2015 – Brawl at Vallejo High School renews safety concerns

    May 29, 2015 – VIDEO: Chaos erupts at Vallejo High School


  18. June 5, 2015 @ 11:37 am worthlessbishop

    This is such a biased title and article. VTH missed the mark on this one.


  19. June 5, 2015 @ 2:17 pm Anonymous

    Spread the word about Common Core indoctrination ..


  20. June 6, 2015 @ 7:36 am Bong Hit

    Good morning Vallejo progressives. I’m in total disbelief at your foolishness and racism. You are taking the young and impressionable people that look to you for leadership down a dead end road. A road filled with defeat, despair and poverty. Look at the results of progressive leadership in New York, Baltimore, Chicago or any other population center where progressive democrats are in positions of leadership. Educated people can see the failures of progressive public policy so it’s a mystery to me and many other Vallejo residents to watch you try and replicate the failures that have been documented so clearly; we wonder what you are thinking? Is it an education problem? Are you uneducated and illiterate to the point you are unable to observe news reports and make informed judgements on what works and doesn’t work?

    The entire country has it’s hand out to American Negroes and are practically begging you to step up into civil society. The time is now to make a big shift in your education level and decision making. The only true and open racism in Vallejo now is black racism. It’s a racism that places a black bandanna around the eyes of Negro people and whispers lies and deceit into the ears of people. You must cut the uncivil and savage actors out from your ranks. Savage and violent disruptive behavior must be removed from the public schools, children cannot learn and teachers cannot teach in an uncivil and violent environment. This culture of violence and uncivil behavior is a gangrene infection on your family and community, only you can reject this deadly infection. You must act now and ridicule and reject the voices of ignorance and violence from within your community.

    If you fail to take positive steps now the results will be sadly predictable. More educated and talented families will flee our Vallejo public schools. Black, White and Brown people that love their children and commit to raising smart and educated young adults will push for more charter schools. Those that can afford it will continue to swell the ranks of private schools in our area. You’ll be left with public high schools in Vallejo that resemble the poverty stricken and emotionally defeated high schools in the big cities. Please reconsider the path you are on. The majority of educated people here in Vallejo are begging you to get out of the sinking ship of progressive foolishness.


    • June 6, 2015 @ 9:33 am Goat

      Bong, I”m not sure what course of action you’re recommending. If you mean to say that misbehaving kids should be expelled, I’d tend to agree with you. I don’t think it’s fair or accurate to pin the chaos at Vallejo schools on progressives as right now, it’s the progressives who are advocating an increased focus on safety in schools, plus the basics, like teachers in classrooms.

      It’s very troubling that the latest school board meeting had such a color divide. Most, maybe virtually all of the black leaders got up to sing the praises of Bishop, and many outright said that if someone criticized her, they were racist. Really? Can Bishop do no wrong, and if you say otherwise, you’re a racist? That seems the antithesis of the MLK dream that someone be judged by “the content of their character,” even a black superintendent. I wonder if we were all color blind if the black leaders would condone violence in the schools, disrespect of teachers, a bloated administration that hasn’t shrunk, even while the district lost 25% of its student population…How is it possible to have a conversation by the ENTIRE community if some topics (e.g., the superintendent and her policies) are off-limits?


  21. June 6, 2015 @ 12:48 pm Bong Hit

    Goat, you will not get change as long as democrats control the local, regional and State political machines. Blacks are being used by democrat politicians for their votes: the conditions of their lives and their aspirations for a better future are not part of the equation. You must defeat the democrats in this State first. Tall order.

    If I were in charge, here’s what would happen:

    1.) Effectively immediately, all parents and or guardians must schedule and attend a meeting with school district personal. Administrators from the district office would be scheduled on each school site for interviews on a rotating basis. Welcome. Who are you, what is your current address, etc.

    2.) One school site would be set up as a Middle and High school campus for disruptive and disturbed children. Parents would be required to participate with volunteer hours to help support school site staff. Bonus pay would be available for all employees who work this school site.

    3.) District administration would be cut by 10% effectively immediately.

    Accomplish these objectives as a first step and then review the results. Log all the parent / student data in a database for reference. Develop next steps.


    • June 7, 2015 @ 10:31 am Goat

      Interesting ideas, Bong.
      1) I think regular office hours on campus with parents & community would be a good idea for District personnel.
      2) I’m not sure about a special campus for disruptive kids, although I think the District already has continuation-type schools. I do think there should be consequences for disruptive kids, and that they should not be allowed to disrupt class for kids who are behaving. What to do with these kids is the question. My instinct would say a class within the same campus, but maybe that’s impractical and unrealistic. My thinking is that if kids are trundled off to a special school only filled with other delinquents, the entire school spirals down. Maybe if they’re in the same school, but isolated from the good classes, some sort of peer pressure for going straight could come into play. Very tricky.
      3) Vallejo’s Administrators have had the highest pay in the county, yet our schools have among the lowest performing in the entire state. Teachers used to have the lowest pay in the county, not sure how recent raises affected that ranking. Clearly, the District resources are not distributed in the most effective manner — yet getting a 10% pay cut I think might be impossible. A 10% budget cut to be administered by Admin could be achieved, but if what you’re after is trimming the bloated salaries at the top, this wouldn’t get you there, as Ramona certainly won’t cut her own salary, nor the salaries of her sorority “Dr.” pals. BTW, Vallejo’s school population has decreased 25% since the bankruptcy, so if you want a number, one might wonder why Administrative costs couldn’t be reduced closer to *that* number.


  22. June 8, 2015 @ 7:32 am Bong Hit

    For those of you who care about the children in the public schools, please take a look at this article. It details the deteriorating conditions in the public schools and gives numerous examples from around the country on how “social justice” and “restorative justice” is wreaking havoc on the classroom and instructional environment in the public schools.

    From the article

    “SAN FRANCISCO – Last week we were stunned to learn that chaos has been the norm in the St. Paul, Minnesota school district, due to a student disciplinary policy that replaces suspensions with time outs, counseling and other less punitive measures.

    We also learned that the controversial policy was influenced by the Pacific Educational Group (PEG), a radical San Francisco based consulting firm that claims black students lag behind academically, and tend to have more disciplinary problems, because American K12 education is designed to benefit white students, aka “white privilege.”

    Now it’s becoming obvious that several other large school districts around the nation are in the same situation as St. Paul.


  23. June 8, 2015 @ 9:41 am wharf rat

    When ”system people” are put in charge of a flawed system and then questioned re such and criticised for documented outcomes the ”siege mentality”we see is a predictable result of
    giving authority to people without an expanded thought process and then expecting them to be
    problem solvers when in fact they were a part of the problem reminds me of a quote from Einstein ———————– This article speaks volumes .


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