Its all pretty much here on this blog: http://chesteracademy.net/the-horrible-parent/
And this news article:
Chester Academy to Take Over Booster Club Dances After Fight
CHESTER – The school board has agreed to put the Chester Academy Booster Club’s dances under the auspices of the school, following an altercation between two students at the Club’s most recent dance.
During that dance a young man incited a fight with another young man. A student separate from the altercation called a parent to report the fight and to say that he’d like to go home. The parent in turn called 911 and the police responded. The school board discussed how to move forward from the incident at their Sept. 12 meeting with Lorie Ouwerkerk of the Booster Club. Parent Rob Brown was also present to air his own concerns.
Most who discussed the incident agreed that it was regrettable, but that sometimes kids don’t handle themselves as adults wished they would. Administration and police agreed that the chaperones at the dance handled the situation well and immediately broke up the altercation.
Police chief Bill Burke said the altercation wasn’t any different than any other the department has responded to over the years. Everything was done by the book, said Burke. A charge of simple assault is being brought against the juvenile who punched the other.
“Everyone did what they were supposed to do,” said Burke. Safe School Reports were filled out and students involved in the fight have been banned from future dances for the rest of the year.
The decision to have the school sponsor the dances in the future is in part an effort to curb such behavior. Though the dances are held with Chester Academy students and sometimes in Chester Academy facilities, because they are not school sanctioned, the school says that it cannot hold the students responsible to the same code of conduct they’d be responsible to in school or at sponsored extra-curricular activities.
In addition to sanctioning the events, school administration will be in attendance at future dances and students will be held accountable to the student code of conduct. Gaylord conceded that bringing the dances under the school’s tent will not prevent all altercations in the future, but that it was important to the district to increase its authority there.
School board chair Royal Richardson said the decision will change the tone of the dances. The school used to host the dances but years ago decided that it wasn’t worth the effort and let the Booster Club take over.
Brown stepped into the discussion after the dance via multiple email messages to the PTA, Booster Club, administration, School Board, Pinkerton Academy and New Hampshire Department of Education, in addition to his visit to the school board’s September meeting.
Brown has also been vocal recently in charging the board of selectmen with not doing enough to keep kids safe and threatened to also ask for that board’s resignation en masse. Brown ramped up the rhetoric, calling the incident “ultra-violent,” and threatened to ask the entire school board to step down over its handling of the situation. Brown called the board and administration arrogant and incompetent, and likened them to Pennsylvania State University and its more than a decade-long attempt to cover up child sexual abuse by one of its football coaches.
Brown charged the school board with putting the kids’ well being behind liability concerns and with being unresponsive to his concerns, but school board members said the matter wasn’t as simple as Brown desired it to be.
Brown wanted the student being charged with simple assault to be isolated from the rest of the student body. He also called for a full report of the incident to parents. After Brown charged the board with actively attempting to cover up the situation, board members Mike Romick and Richardson responded. They noted that they do not respond instantly to emails and that Brown used the wrong addresses, but encouraged him to visit their meeting to discuss the issue and appropriate responses to it.
A letter from the school and Booster Club is set to go out to parents once some loose ends on the decision have been wrapped up.