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Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 8:16 am | Updated: 12:11 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

A freshman charged with assaulting his teammates on a bus has not returned to Glacier High School but is taking classes elsewhere in the school district.

Kalispell Public Schools Superintendent Darlene Schottle said Monday that Logan Jones, 15, is in one of the district’s “alternative settings.”

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          19 comments:

          • glacierdad posted at 9:27 am on Wed, Nov 2, 2011.

            glacierdad Posts: 21

            What ticks me off is that the School Board, County Attorney and District Judge have coddled these thugs that caused this whole mess in the first place. How are people, including 15 year olds to learn right from wrong, to function as productive law abing adult citizens if there are no consequences for theoir actions. 15 year olds that are allowed to do what they want, when they want, to whoever they want with impunity will grow up into adults in perpetual trouble with the law. By this course we will not only fail the victims, but fail those accussed of assaulting as well.

            With a spineless school board, county attorney trying to water down charges, and district judge forcing assaulters and victims to face each other hourly/daily, there is no lesson learned, no chance to help the offenders correct the path they are on. By not holding them accountable at this point, by the time the heavy hand of the law catches up with them as adults, they will have to serve real time. The notion that everyone should forgive, forget and make nice, is naive.

            If we as a society truly do want to do what is best for these 15 year olds, we hold offenders responsible for their actions to the full extent of the law so that they can correct their direction and with that become responsible addults. To do anything less robs them of life's lesson they have shown themselves desperate to learn. When you sexually assault someone, there are consequences.

             
          • Partyer posted at 9:17 am on Wed, Nov 2, 2011.

            Partyer Posts: 684

            The tone of the school should mean nothing to a good parent. It's what you feel about the issue that should determine how much discussion this warrants with your own kids. It's pretty obvious some kids have not been taught much about respect, personal space and basic human rights!
            Some people really scare me. I assume their parents probably would too. I worry about their kids. It's my job to worry about my kids being around their kids. And what the school authorities are doing to protect them. Even a judge has hit my $#!+ list now.
            I commend whoever had the bright idea to send that perp twerp to the alternative school. From what I hear, I don't want him near my kids, thank you. We're watching out for him. Keep away, please, you little pervert.

             
          • mtmom3 posted at 7:51 am on Wed, Nov 2, 2011.

            mtmom3 Posts: 23

            I certainly wasn't trying to "portray the tone of the entire school" and I really don't know why my comment set you off. I think it's perfectly reasonable to share that the freshman peers my kids spoke to were glad they didn't have to worry about sharing a classroom with Logan right now.

            gogriz - I agree that most of the upperclassmen don't worry about this, but I think it's reasonable to say that the freshman who share a class with Logan (or multiple classes) AND a victim have definitely thought about it. I think the kids are more concerned about a confrontation or just a general feeling of uneasiness. I'd also bet the freshman academy teachers are concerned and have (hopefully) considered how they will handle specific scenarios if and when the kids are all together.

            One of the logical questions one of my kids shared with me the other day was simply wondering how he (or anyone) would be able to catch up in a class where participation was key. They also wanted to know how in the world the school would enforce the restraining order. Some kids actually do care about this -- even if they are focused on their current activities. I hope all parents and students are having discussions about it and working through the questions and worries. It's better than just assuming the kids think it's "yesterday's news." All of these kids live in the same community, share a movie theater, have friends in multiple schools and have parents who know other parents. It's a small town and we should all be aware of what the other kids are thinking and saying.

             
          • gogriz posted at 11:58 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            gogriz Posts: 9

            This issue is so yesterdays news to the students. Homecoming, cross-town rivalries, soccer tournaments, speech and debate, and what ever is coming up is what is important to them now. If the young man had gone back to GHS, I doubt many students would have even noticed - remember he is a Freshman and hasn't been in school since the middle of September - most of the students don't even know him.

             
          • 59901 posted at 8:29 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            59901 Posts: 45

            Jaffak, thank you - you clarified the exact point I was trying to make. As you wisely recognized, it is completely inaccurate to portray the tone of the entire school after hearing from just a few students.

             
          • Jeffak posted at 6:22 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            Jeffak Posts: 103

            59901 " I know of several students at GHS who said it was a non-issue"

            So I take it the students you spoke to were a better source of information than those mtmom spoke to eh?

            Thanks for enlightening us on the tone of the school day yesterday - Gossip, Gossip, Gossip!

             
          • 59901 posted at 2:12 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            59901 Posts: 45

            mtmom, "My kids at GHS came home yesterday and told me that most of the students they spoke with were relieved he hadn't returned and there was a lot of discussion about why he was being allowed back." - thanks for enlightening us on the tone of the school day yesterday - Gossip, Gossip, Gossip!

            I'm not sure how many people your kids spoke to, but if you are trying to convey that this was the general concensus feeling at GHS, you are wrong - I know of several students at GHS who said it was a non-issue. I guess Glacierdad wasn't there with his bulhorn leading the non violent protest, after all.

             
          • Jeffak posted at 1:17 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            Jeffak Posts: 103

            Still kinda odd that Public Schools Superintendent Darlene Schottle's reason for not putting Jones Back in Glacier High is due to the "extent of media coverage" and not concern for the well-being of innocent students that attend there. Just the liability involved alone if Jones was to molest again in the same school should make her pause and think if the safety and well-being of our children doesn't concern her.

             
          • mom posted at 12:42 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            mom Posts: 629

            finish the quote, giles.
            He needs to be in an alternative learning environment while this all gets sorted out, he obviously has some problems.
            Trouble makers is your term. You're right, It is most definitely appropriate to use in this story.

             
          • Bravesfn posted at 12:40 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            Bravesfn Posts: 70

            @krispistofferson, What do you expect him to do sit at home for 3 Months doing nothing? He has to go to school somewhere but I do think he should not go back to Glacier especially sine he is expelled. and that Laser or Bridge Academy is probably better,.

            Two of the Glacier Victims have transferred to Fathead and I applaud those parents! That what I would have done(Parents or victim) there no way I would let my child go to Glacier knowing that the kid who sexually assaulted them was there! I wish those Kids(the Victims) The Best of luck at Flathead and hope they have a successful Athletic careers at FHS Football!!

             
          • giles posted at 11:02 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            giles Posts: 3

            Mom you said "Probebly Bridge Academy or Lazer where he belongs." what is that supose to mean? Is that school for trouble makers? Because just so you know i graduated from Bridge Academy and that school was the best decision that i made. I would appreciate it if you would reword that.

             
          • krispistofferson posted at 10:10 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            krispistofferson Posts: 265

            ...and I guess you're ignoring the fact that the headline should then read "Boy's return to Glacier postponed" eh?

             
          • posted at 9:49 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            Posts:

            Hi Kris: No offense, but I think you aren intentionally ignoring the fact that the school mentioned in the headline is Glacier High School. The headline is referring to a delay in the student's return to that particular school. That has been the point of controversy. Remember, when a student is expelled from one school, he or she still has the opportunity to attend other schools, including other schools within the district, so the student's ability to return to "school" in the sense of continuing his education has never been in doubt. His ability to continue at Glacier High School HAS. —Frank

             
          • krispistofferson posted at 9:31 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            krispistofferson Posts: 265

            You missed the point I guess mom. The head line says he is not back in school but in the very first sentence it says he is. That's all.

             
          • teri999 posted at 9:27 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            teri999 Posts: 14

            I'm hoping that both this boy and his parents are not thinking that this is just a lark... That he and his parents are thinking that this will just blow over. And at this new school I'm hoping the kids and their parents and school staff know that he is there and making him be responsible for his behavior. Which he better be on his best behavior. And that he and his parents are getting a clue that his behavior is not acceptable. One can only hope that he and his parents have learned from this incident and this young man will be become a welcome citizen in the community. One can only hope.

             
          • mtmom3 posted at 9:23 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            mtmom3 Posts: 23

            "mom" has posted my exact sentiments. A couple of weeks in an alternative school setting would allow everyone the time to breathe before the hearing, and it gives the staff at GHS more time to prepare for a possible re-entry. My kids at GHS came home yesterday and told me that most of the students they spoke with were relieved he hadn't returned and there was a lot of discussion about why he was being allowed back.

             
          • mom posted at 9:11 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            mom Posts: 629

            Probably Bridge Academy, or Lazer School. Where he belongs, according to local gossip. Who know what the truth is any more. While there is some doubt, aren't you glad he's not in "our" school? There is no way to heal the wounds if he's in the same class as his victims. I can't get over what an important and proper turn this news is.

             
          • krispistofferson posted at 8:39 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            krispistofferson Posts: 265

            What kind of headline is that? It says he's taking classes elsewhere. Isn't that school?

             
          • mom posted at 8:32 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

            mom Posts: 629

            Finally an intelligent decision. It's never to late to start taking it seriously, and playing safe. Enough damage has been done already, it's crazy to provoke more. Thanks.

             

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