Mount Diablo High School Teachers – Fed Up With Abuse on Campus

October 3, 2011 8:00 am · 163 comments

Throughout the past few weeks, we’ve received anonymous emails from teachers at Mount Diablo High School in Concord, saying they fear for their lives every single day, and they claim the school & the district has refused to discipline a handful of students on many occasions after teachers were verbally, and in some cases, physically abused.

One teacher wrote to us with the following comment….

I would never work in such a dangerous place if any districts were hiring. Jobs are hard to come by…so I don’t have a choice. If you called and spoke to the principal, she would tell you there are no gangs here. Ask her why uniforms are used at other districts nearby, but not here.

I think the new principal is a force for change and change for the better.  She is pretty liberal, and I don’t agree with some stuff, but she has been cleaning house, and some of the teachers who were part of the status quo are gone. IF you are not a great teacher, they are making you feel pretty unwelcome.

I think she just needs to be able to suspend these kids. Many have records, and some can be saved, not all though. The ones that endanger teachers and students should go.

MDUSD Superintendent Steven Lawrence says the problem students are dealt with, and abuse towards teachers is not tolerated….

We have asked schools to look at their disciplinary procedures because we know students can’t learn if they are not in school. That being said, students who create an unsafe environment for other students and/or staff should be disciplined appropriately.

Other teachers say several police are called to the school on a daily basis to deal with fighting, and claim non-students are constantly loitering on campus.

QUESTION: Are you a staff member at MDHS? If so, do you feel safe at work?

{ 163 comments }

1 Always Right October 3, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Close this school. It sits on prime real estate across from the medical center. The district could sell this property and use the cash for other schools.

And what a pathetic response by Steve Lawrence. Obviously he cares more about keeping troublemakers in school (for the money) than the learning environment.

2 Concordanon October 3, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Always Right,

I believe the property reverts back to the previous owners if the school is ever closed. At least that’s what I’ve always heard. That’s been one of the arguments against opening a high school in Bay Point. If they do that, there won’t be enough students at Mt. D to keep it open.

3 Discouraged October 3, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Do I understand this correctly… Mr. Lawrence says “the schools should look at their disciplinary procedures because students can’t learn if they aren’t in school.”

Does that mean you leave poor behaving kids that have been deemed dangerous to teachers and students in the classroom because they have the right to learn? Really?! That just sounds to me like they can behave any way they choose with no consequences. Kick them the hell out! Eventually the students and their parents will learn that they need to abide by the school rules in order to get the education they have a right to. You don’t get one without the other! The schools (with the districts support) need to start making examples out of those poor behaving kids. This has become a snowball effect. One or two kids get away with it and the others see that. Now 4-5 kids are doing it, etc, etc, etc.

My children have a right to an education without the distractions, disruptions and danger other kids are bringing to the campuses. I really want to believe in the public school system. It’s becoming more difficult daily. Not to say the private schools don’t have disciplinary issues, they just seem to have the capability to deal with them effectively.

4 Mount Mom October 3, 2011 at 8:56 AM

I was all for closing this school too but it will never happen. The land is basically on loan from the Galindo family land trust & would revert back to them if it was not a school. The district doesn’t want to lose the money they’ve invested in the structures so its here to stay like it or not. I spent all summer trying to find a house in the CHS boundaries to no avail but since my son has started at Mount he’s already had over $200 dollars of stuff stolen from him. I’m talking basic stuff clothing, backpacks, athletic gear, lunch money. I was appalled when he told me a student came in to one of his classes reeking of weed & the teacher told him to get out & sprayed air freshener. Why didn’t she drag his doped up butt to the office? I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again the BIGGEST mistake the district ever made was closing Pacifica HS in BayPoint! I would bet money that a large part of the “problem” children come from over the hill. Also we have alternative HS’ so perhaps you don’t want to be in a normal HS environment & be civilized there is a place waiting for you but they give these kids too many chances! Don’t get me started on the positive reinforcement techinques!

5 the Shi ite October 3, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Pittsburg residents need to attend school IN PITTSBURG!!!

6 Mec172003 October 3, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Always Right said it all.

7 Anon October 3, 2011 at 9:06 AM

And on the flip side, here is an article advocating EASING the discipline rules in public school.

http://www.scpr.org/news/2011/10/03/29214/organizations-call-easing-harsh-discipline-rules-p/

8 boardingschool October 3, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Creeps who are a problem in school and pose a threat to students and teachers should be taken out of school. Perhaps they should become part of the juvenille corrections systems or put into a boarding school where they can be dealt with appropriately. Parents and schools are powerless to handle these lousy brats because of laws protecting “children”. Boarding schools can deal with these fools by disciplining them before they end up on the jail system and before they hurt others. If they aren’t there to learn, they can also go and work in the fields harvesting food or doing road repair work. They should not be allowed to disrupt schools where others are trying to teach and learn to make lives better.

9 DoReMi October 3, 2011 at 9:17 AM

the Shi ite : Pittsburg residents need to attend school IN PITTSBURG!!!
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Ditto Richmond. Concord kids are are being corrupted by some very hard core trouble makers. Since when do we protect the hoodlums instead of the ‘good’ kids.

Most kids will behave and a severe reprimand will make them toe the line. For the hard core behaviorial problems, spare the rod, spoil the child..oops that’s right you can’t cane them. HARD LABOR. Sweat the nasty attitude out of them.

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10 It's A Joke October 3, 2011 at 9:37 AM

@Mt Diablo Mom, you’re completely correct. The majority of kids that go to Mt. Diablo HS are from Bay Point, Pittsburg, and Antioch. I can say this from my own knowledge from working within specific organizations in this area. They send all of the extremely troubled kids from all over when they don’t know what else to do with them. This district is a joke! They also are allowing kids from Richmond school district into this one as well! Don’t even get me started about the continuation school down the street, Olympic. That’s also the San Quentin of schools in the east bay. Concord and our district better wake up, because the citizens are getting sick and tired of the “higher educators” “social workers” making all the wrong moves, and their decisions that infiltrate our lives on a negative note. Obviously, Concord has some kids that are troubled too, but the majority are getting bused in! Just because one kid gets kicked out of a school, doesn’t mean that they can come mosey on over to another city and lay their crap here, because that’s what they are CRAP! It starts from the top, and when the “superintendents” can’t figure their butts from third base then it’s a trickle effect down to the students within the district and each school. They get richer and we have to deal with their lack of education, decision making, and inside favors!

11 You people are delusional October 3, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Yeah, like there are no Concord kids acting up or smoking weed right? Stop blaming all of the problems on transfer kids.

12 anonymous again October 3, 2011 at 9:41 AM

A problem with discipline that no administrator wants to talk about is that proportionately more minority students are problems. There is a feeling that the NAACP, ACLU etc will sue the district if there are a disproportionate number of minorities disciplined. Of course that ignores the disproportionate number of minorities in jails and prisons, kinda like they were suddenly hatched as criminals at age 18.Its just easier to ignore minority discipline problems because of the heat it brings.

This isn’t to say that white kids are problem free, they aren’;t, nor are all minorities discipline problems, they aren’t. It’s simply reality that its easier to ignore minority problems then to take on “Civil rights” organizations. Takes some guts to do that.

13 erik October 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Better yet the city and the school district should either hire some sort of armed security or pay for CPD to be there. We had gangs at my high school as well, but at least we always had MPD there on campus and if need be if anything like a fight broke out he would just call for more officers to assist him. This shouldn’t be tolerated by any school district. The teachers are the to teach not to be assaulted every day. Wake up MDUSD!!!!

14 Jim October 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM

…and the fight a couple weeks ago was just kids being kids?….Gary needs to go…Steve Lawrence has NO idea what’s going on…IF they did as he said teachers would not be afraid…take the kid out of “the Hood” but can’t take “the hood” out of the kid?…This is not a blanket statement but applies to a great deal of the youth @ Mt. D…sad thing…this is one of Gary’s fears…if he allows Clayton Valley to become a true Charter School…will the parents @ Mt. D try it next?…I wouldn’t be surprised…and then he’s lost all control…like he has any…I’ve said it once i’ll say it again…VOTE HIM OUT IN 2012…send a message that if they don’t start doing something they’ll all be replaced…it’s the only thing politicians understand…just like the rest of us…they don’t want to lose their job either…heck what would Gary do, teach?…LOL

15 yeahright October 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM

We are creating a generation of disrespectful, disruptive, undisciplined deliquents, and we’re doing this through “positive reinforcement” and a severe lack of consequences for negative actions. Many people, adults and children alike don’t care squat about positive reinforcement from people they don’t care about. But they will change behavior if the consequences are severe. Sorry, but the schools can’t do anything negative in the way of consequences, as they might damage the self-esteem of these little brats! I’d home-school my kids rather than put them in some of these schools, with all the negative role models on campus! But if my kids DID misbehave, they’d regret it soon enough!!!

16 Anon777 October 3, 2011 at 9:51 AM

It all comes down to the parents. The teachers don’t get backed up by the principal, the school board or the parents. The school (principal) doesn’t get backed up by the parents or the Board. The school board should take action, but seriously folks, have they done anything with common sense in the last few years? My mom worked at CV for many years and retired in about 1998 and things were bad then. She was verbally abused by the kids all the time and got no support from the school staff or Board. The parents think their kids are perfect and complain when called by the principal that it was the teacher’s fault, not their perfect child!

If I was a parent of a student at MD, I would pull my kid out of school and picket/protest there everyday. If every or most parents did this, the Board would do something quick because they need the kids in school and the money that brings in. If I was a teacher, I’d be raising high holy hell until I got some support and I’d be searching for a job anywhere but MDUSD.

17 Anonymous October 3, 2011 at 9:52 AM

I thought that the fencing & gates that cost so much money was put up to keep non students out. Where is Mr Lawrence coming from? Something should be done about this & he should be more involved in what is going on at campuses. It is the responsibility of all school campuses to provide a safe environment for their students & he should be more involved to see that discipline policies are being followed through. It has to be a nightmare for a teacher or any staff member to fear for their life. It is my understanding also that the district does not own the land that the school stands on. This is a real shame! With proper administration this could be a great campus.

18 anonoman October 3, 2011 at 9:55 AM

If you close the school students would have to attend others. You can’t just tell student to piss off – it’s illegal. I’m not supporting the behavior; they could academy the school. The extra funding would help stave off behavior. Start a service academy like CPHS. Put the baddies in with cops and servicemen.

Teachers need to file police reports and get restraining orders. What’s the district going to do? Violate a court order? Either they move the student or the teacher…win/win

19 anon October 3, 2011 at 9:55 AM

I predict that nothing will happen until something bad happens.

20 Muddhen October 3, 2011 at 9:56 AM

While not a teacher at MDHS, I know two men who are.

From what they tell me the Principle and the leadership of the district are most of the problem. The Principle at MDHS is inept and cares not to be involved with the day to day operations of the school, but rather embellishing her career,

As for Stevie and Gary, they could never lower themselves to deal with such mundane issues as teacher safety. That would be admitting that they have failed at something and failure is unacceptable to egocentrics such as Stevie and Gary.

I challenge MDUSD to take serious steps to resolve the safety issues at the schools in the district and I really hope they do something. But as there is no kick back money and that it may take time and work, I am sure nothing will be done.

21 MD Teacher October 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

IF you are not a great teacher, they are making you feel pretty unwelcome.

Yes, why should you keep your job if you are not a great teacher. If you are not a great engineer, why should you keep your job!

And yes, students here just want to have sex and smoke weed. I have one class with three pregnant sixteen year olds. Who’s going to take care of them? How will they finish school?

22 anon October 3, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Sorry, but the “transfer” kids are causing problems. I know that you want a better education for your child, but perhaps you can sit in class some day and monitor your problem child. Stop blaming teachers or the other kids and look in the mirror.

23 @anonymous again October 3, 2011 at 10:06 AM

You are SO right! All it takes is one race-based lawsuit to make people back off! Does anyone think that maybe the reason that there are so many minority expulsions is because those are the kids creating the problems? It’s like the Sp. Ed. kids. People say the minorities make up too large a part of Sp. Ed., but if those are the kids that qualify, then what’s the problem? Should we stick some “white/asian” kids in Sp. Ed, whether they need it or not, just to balance things out? Why does everyone always assume it’s based on skin color, and not actual behavior etc?

24 anonares October 3, 2011 at 10:27 AM

School uniforms would help identify school students and prevent delinquents from mixing with attendies. Cameras in the classrooms could be installed and turned on remotely by the teachers when video verification is needed, thus eliminateing peer pressure. I liked @boardingschool’s idea as well.Also @jim

25 @MD Teacher #21 October 3, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Because the great teachers don’t want to teach at MDHS.

26 So Sad October 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Feel so sorry for the teachers/staff that have to work in this environment…when did the inmates start running the asylum? At my daughter’s private school, they teach not to be an on-looker to bullying, and it sounds like the district is enabling a very dangerous work environment. Any student, threatening a teacher, should lose their educational rights for that district and the “parent’ should have to pony up for any costs thereafter.

Besides, lack of parenting, I also see an inability to set boundaries for these kids in earlier grades. Every time in middle school, kids curse in front of teachers and are not called on it, the stage is being set for deliquent high school behavior. See this all the time at the “thug” middle school across from us.

27 Mount Mom October 3, 2011 at 10:55 AM

When it comes to parental involvement…that’s a tough one too! I volunteered for EVERYTHING at my son’s Jr. High and I have offered my help to various programs via verbal, phone & email communication with no response. If there are other parents receiving this reception it makes me really wonder about the communication when you have a problem or are not offering something. I personally haven’t had the chance to meet Ms. McClatchey as my attempts have not been responded to but the staff I have spoken with weren’t exactly satisfied with her performance. Being an admin at Olympic I would think she of all people would know how to deal with these problems! Yes I know Concord kids aren’t perfect, mine included but if you gathered stats like disciplinary actions by zip code I guarantee you the non-Concord residents would hold a hire number of actions.

28 j October 3, 2011 at 11:06 AM

The truth of it is that yes, the majority of the trouble makers are minorities. I say MAJORITY, not only. And unfortunately the minority parents have learned to use the system to get away with dumping their problems on the school. They’re very aware of the districts/corporate America’s fear of race-based lawsuits and they use that fear to their advantage. It’s a shame and I’m not sure there will ever be a solution until people are willing to face the truth.

29 Bastard Educated October 3, 2011 at 11:13 AM

What a shame. I learned how to be a bastard from all the little bastards on the playground.
What I’m saying is, Hearing about Little sickening Billy playing doctor with the neighbor girl + all the details I could have done without. All the freakshows at public schools sure mess up learning for those that are going there to learn.
About cool teachers. To this day I have no respect for the teachers that were labeled as cool by the students. What that usually means is the teacher is spineless and has no backbone.
You’re a Teacher, not the students buddy.

30 Lori October 3, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Couldn’t pay me enough to be a teacher in any district, kids have no respect. I sat in with my son’s class one day because he was complaining about how out of control it was, I walked out half way through and pulled him out of the class with me, it was ridiculous how disrespectful these kids were. Within 5 minutes of class starting I would have sent out 3 loud mouth brats that wouldn’t shut their traps.

31 not so Funny Man October 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM

wheres all the blame for the parents? these poor kids are jus mimicin behavior they see at home… black, white, or pink.
i think becuz we kno the district is jus as too blame for fosterin this enviiroment. “oh no dont spank the innocent darklings..we need the state money”

32 Funny Man October 3, 2011 at 11:20 AM

opps total typo! “DARLINGS” … B4 anyone crys racist. Btw the new majority is the minorities. they make up problem numbers becuz WE ARE LEGION! lol

33 AnonyBob October 3, 2011 at 11:21 AM

#23 asked:

Why does everyone always assume it’s based on skin color, and not actual behavior etc?

What a solid question, truly. I feel like my way of thinking is still among the minority of how most people think in this regard, but race, to me, is rather obsolete. I mean aside from helping to identify someone, someone’s race shouldn’t really matter. We’re all humans. We’re all are responsible for our actions, whether we like it or not.

People are just brought up differently, in different neighborhoods, etc. If kids’ parents have struggled to find success in their lives, enough to properly take care of their kids and bring them up in a positive manner (which is plenty common), the kids often become trouble makers.

#18 offered an idea I tend to agree with:

Start a service academy like CPHS. Put the baddies in with cops and servicemen.

Imagine if there was something like this in place around here, where trouble students, from anywhere in CCC, had to attend class with cops/law enforcement/servicemen type people. How comfortable do you think the trouble kids would feel to act out amongst them? You think they’d show up reeking of weed knowing they’re going to be around cops and service people for a good chunk of the day? I tend to doubt it, granted I wouldn’t be surpirsed to see some students still act up and be a handful. There will always be some bad apples.

I too agree with everyone, however, that it should be of the utmost importance to MAKE SURE, that the regular, non-trouble making students and staff are completely safe to teach and learn without having any kind of constant threat to anyone’s ability to learn or personal safety while at school. It’s school, where people go to learn, grow and better themselves. That’s ridiculously important and safety needs to be ensured!!!

34 Concerned Parent October 3, 2011 at 11:32 AM

I went to Mt. myself back in the late 80′s early 90′s; I also experienced some of the violence depicted in earlier articles …I feel compassion for the parents who have academically focused students that attend the school. I lived in the area up until a few years ago when my eldest approached the age of High School and I did everything in my power to move out of the area. Not every parent has the advantage of moving to a other areas. My kids are now in Pleasant Hill. My daughter is a successful student at College Park. However, CP staffs a patrol car daily on campus and it appears the staff is very well supported by the new principal. Why allow these jokers on campus? They obviously don’t intend to learn anything but hang around and negatively influence others on campus. Why can’t their parents be held accountable for sending hoodlums to schools? Our laws are so pathetic that they protect the rights of wrongdoers and punish those children in schools by forcing them to cope with these losers….Whats wrong with this picture???

35 anon October 3, 2011 at 11:52 AM

The kids from Pittsburg are NOT transfer students!!! Mount Diablo HS is their home school!!!! People please understand the issue before you comment.

36 Kellie October 3, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Give me a break! I’m a Campus Supervisor at Mount and NOT afraid to give my name. All you “teachers” who hide behind anonymous make me ill. You want changes but hide in your classrooms and expect the change to miraculously happen. Get out and help! Make a presence, be at your doors between each period! I have stepped in the middle of a number of fights during my time here (5 years +) and have NEVER feared for my life. The thought makes me laugh. Yes we have police on campus but it’s not always because there is a fight. In fact most fights are taken care of by Admin and Campus Supervisors. I had the opportunity to go to CV and CHOSE to stay here at Mount Diablo. I am not saying we don’t have problem students but EVERY school does, don’t fool yourselves into believing they don’t. You are hearing about a small portion of our student body. Most of our students are wonderful kids who are a joy and pleasure to see everyday. ITS THE PARENTS, NOT THE PRINCIPLE who need to start disciplining their little darlings. Ms. McClatchy can only do so much.

37 bubba October 3, 2011 at 12:02 PM

now you know why Clayton valley wants to go charter. the school board and admin will not take care of the problems. mdusd is out of control. it is time to vote the bums out and get people whom really want to make a change. a real 0 tolerance……

38 annoy. October 3, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Call for a meeting of parents, staff and police chief. Schools need parent participation and strong administrators. I know one High School in Illinois, that if kids were a disruption, cutting, fights, needed to have time after school or cuts. They had in house detention, there was a special good size room, the students were there all day, lunch too. That way they were punished and in school.

39 ANNOYED October 3, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Close this school please! It is dirty and full of gang members. From what I heard, It’s true many of the students are from Bay Point as well as illegals from Mexico. Unfortunaltely, I know from experience, the kids also trash the surrounding areas.

40 Cherie Adcock October 3, 2011 at 12:22 PM

YOU’RE ALL IGNORANT FOOLS!!! You’re sitting around on your computers listening and responding to a bunch of propaganda put up by a couple of discontented teachers, probably new to MDHS, who have listened to rumors about us for years and have never developed classroom management skills. They say whatever they want to a student, back him into a corner, and expect him to “knuckle under”. Then they fear for their lives when the kid fights back from his corner. They teach like marines and get in a classroom with a challenging student and “fear” for their lives. The problem is not transfer students, students from Bay Point (where I live by the way), or gangs (not one fight this year has been gang related). I’ve been a parent, Special Ed. assistant, and Secretary here since 1994 and have never feared for my life! What other high school is located 1 block from the center of town, 7 blocks from a continuation school that gets out 2 hrs. before us, and is situated on both sides of a main street? That adds to whatever problems we have. WHATEVER! We do our best, most of us choose to be here and love our students. The only thing that bears any resemblance to truth in this rag is that the problem is parenting (or lack thereof) who neglect to raise their children with proper values, AND scaredy-cat anonymous complainers who put this to you so you can sit around and blow everything out of proportion. P.S. Police are on campus at brunch and lunch because they are assigned to this school as they are to all high schools and are required to be here at those times.

41 Another MDHS Teacher October 3, 2011 at 12:25 PM

In general, great teachers do not want to teach here at MDHS. There are many great teachers here, but we are not here by CHOICE and it shows. I would jump at ANY opportunity to teach at anoher school in the area that gave me the same job security that I have here at MDHS. I fear being robbed,raped and abused on a daily basis. Imagine how the students feel? MDHS has been a problem school for more than a decade. NOTHING but increased police and/or security will help clean up this school. I have come to terms with the fact that many parents of these students have already lost all control of their children and are just waiting for the the day their child turns 18 and they will no longer be “bothered” by disciplining them. Sorry MDHS, but our school in embarrassing.

42 Anon October 3, 2011 at 12:30 PM

This is the exact reason that the Teachers and parents are trying to take back Clayton Valley. The District is not doing what they need to do to protect our students and teachers to create an environment for learning. The district is shrugging their duties and have no accountability. What this comes down to is the parents accountability. If the parents and teachers want better they should take back their school and do just what the Clayton Valley community is doing.

You can’t say that this issue is just because the kids are from out of the area. Kids are kids and if you give them a chance they will be better. If there is no accountability then they will run all over you.

43 DanaHillsHaveEyes October 3, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Kids end up “bad due to bad and or lack of parenting. Where’s the Daddies? My guess…not around.

44 Randome Task October 3, 2011 at 12:44 PM

It’s all about attendance not education has been for years plain and simple nothing willbe done about any school till the problem of attendance over education is addressed …….public school will take illegals criminals what ever their budget is based off of attendance more kids more money ……….hmmm sounds like welfare hmmmm ….nothing is going to change …embrace the illegals because they tell us they will pick our fruit and work our drive-thru windows …..please all you have to do is drive down the street claycord and many other areas are going down if you look at a map it looks like a virus. The fact remains the systems are hacked and the hackers are taking advantage and until the so called public officials are either replaced by some good ones or just put out all together and the entire system overhauled ….it will be this way and worse ….private pre schools are the future for now…private schools….places where your kids can learn without being afraid of getting stabbed …..charter schools might be the answer ….you either learn or you are out ….and yepper the parents are just using the public schools as day care drop em off and pick em up and who cares what they do they dont want to deal with em either ….post 38 sounds good ….what ever it is …..it should happen sooner than later.

45 @41 October 3, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Please post your photo. Why would someone want to rape you? Did some one try to? I agree with the campus supervisors.Stop making up things. No one is forcing you to stay. You are welcome to not work there. You are free. This is America.

46 anon October 3, 2011 at 12:52 PM

anon #35, Please use critical thinking on this. The topic has been raised before. Pittsburg has a new Large High School, make the Kids of 94565 Pittsburg go to school in their own city, I don’t want to hear a political excuse.
There’s no excuses in what I’m saying.
So starting 2012 school year, Make Pittsburg residents attend school in Pittsburg. This is not rocket science.

I’m just dying to hear the responses aka Filibustering.

47 DoReMi October 3, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Where ‘re the Daddies? Good point DanaHillsHaveEyes.

The past 30 years have proven the importance of stable family lives. A Mom and a Dad is the best chance of balance between ‘yin & yang’ energy. Fact: In every mammal family tier, adolecents are intimidated into proper respect by alpha male behavior. Maybe we should take a lesson from our ‘betters’. lol

And. How about uniforms? This would be an excellent new beginning for a higher standard of behavior. Many schools are banning saggy pants and other clothing restrictions. Why not implicate a dress code. No more status or gangsta dressing.

Also, smoking was banned from Todos Santos and surrounding areas. It is a bitter joke that our kids can smoke within eyesite of teachers.

48 Anon. October 3, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Supposedly this is nothing new at MDHS. I remember hearing that MDHS had problems like that when I was in high school back in the mid 1990′s. I remember hearing even then of kids hitting the teachers there, and sometimes the kids would then threaten to kill the teachers if they reported the attack to the police, they would kill them. I have also heard that Ygnacio Valley is having similar problems these days.

49 Union Thug October 3, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Blame Capitalism for this mess. It is because of greedy rich people who don’t want to work for teachers.

50 michael October 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Let’s do what we can to support the teachers. They are wearing out.

Something is going to give and that scares me.

Its time to reform education now.

51 Another MDHS Teacher October 3, 2011 at 1:41 PM

@45-

I understand that I am free to leave…but who pays my bills? When I got into teaching, the district and economy were in much better shape. Believe me, I HAVE and AM currently looking for another position. I know MANY of the staff here are doing the same. Funny how you say I am making his up. I bet you don’t know how many teachers arrive early and stay late out of fear of students and others who come on campus. Get your head out of the sand and see what is really going on around here. Myself included, most of us need our paychecks, that is why we stay.

Do you really think that the media and surrounding schools just want to pick on MDHS, for past decade at that? What is in it for them to do such a thing?

52 Cherie October 3, 2011 at 2:02 PM

We can’t kick kids out. Bay Point is unincorporated – it is not Pittsburg. All kids – illegal, unincarcerated criminals, gangsters, whatever – are, by state law, entitled to a free and equal education. ALL kids MUST go to school somewhere and public school has no choice but to take them. No Child Left Behind is federal law. Laws must be changed. We must vote to let students/parents waive their education, maybe make some kind of new school setting for problem children. I don’t know what the answer is, but it’s not to sit here and complain – it’s to get out and DO something. Start with getting to know firsthand what you’re talking about.

53 michael October 3, 2011 at 2:07 PM

@ #45

Your a dick.

54 Tell them Mrs. Adcock October 3, 2011 at 2:10 PM

If I had the chance to go back to Mount in place as a troubled student there. I will show everyone that it is not about Security or Police presence. Its about the student’s mind set. If He/She is tired of the teacher’s shit and will not fight back. They will go to every class and do as they’re told, if they wanted to. I was arrested back in 2007, because my friends and i decided to cut class and break into houses in North Concord. I found myself in Jail for 6 months, and it did not scare me. I came back Paroled (regular probation later on) and had a meeting with Mrs. Hansen and my folks. I didnt want to see my mother in tears in court again. Without my parents or my parole officer saying a word to me about being in school, I kept coming. I found a purpose in being there.
They need to make a law that if a student misses two or more unexcused days in a week, than disciplinary actions have to take place. If it is continuously, 90 days in Juvenile Detention where they will get education either way. Wake up Monday thru Sunday at 7 for breakfast and go back to your cell if there is no school one of those days.

55 The Charter King October 3, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Maybe the cops should circle to Downtown Area around, lunchtime?? ohh wait they are probably in line for a Fliaffle or GYRO! It would be just as easier to just comdemn the school or charter it. Most of those kids are “Projects” so just give up on them as society has already and start handing out the foodstamps.. They are all charity cases waiting to happen or have happend

56 Anon2you October 3, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Funny how on a simple blog we can all brainstorm the reasons to these problems (most are correct too, out of town transfers, lack of security, lack of discipline, lack of support from district, families etc.). But our great and wonderful MDSD just can’t seem to see the forest for the trees. It is so simple it is stupid. If there are students in High School that are chronically disruptive, dangerous or pertpetually truant then just get rid of them. Why are teachers and other students force to put up with these thugs and lowlifes over and over and over again. If they don’t want to be there, they cause problems with others, they are stoned/drunk or if they are dangerous then just let them go! Then the students who want to be there can get a good education, and the teachers there can teach to students who want to learn. Cut out the problem like a cancer. Oh, I know the poor uneducated kids with become a burden on society right? Well I got news for you, they already ARE a burden on society and a high school diploma wont change that a bit, besides most of the problem kids won’t even graduate which makes it even worse. They just take up time and space and resources and in the end they wind up in the same place as if we just cut them off in the first place. Support the CVHS Charter School Ammendment and see what the future of schools can become. It is time for the MEGA District to go the way of the dinosaur…

57 anon October 3, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Ive heard a lot of people complaining about Kate McClatchey both at Olympic and Mt Diablo. Maybe there is truth to all the negitive statements made against her.

58 C. A. October 3, 2011 at 3:10 PM

We can’t just kick kids out of school. We can’t make students who live in Bay Point go to school in Pittsburg. It’s the law we need to change. It’s parent we need to change. We can’t regulate parents, so we blame it all on the schools. This isn’t about blame. Public schools must take any and all students who live in their residence area. It’s state law – all kids are entitled to a free and equal education. Federal law mandates No Child Left Behind. No law makes it mandatory for a parent to raise their children with appropriate behavior and no law punishes a parent who doesn’t. Schools do the best they can. We need new laws – let students/parents waive their education, create new kinds of schools to be better equipped to handle problem children, require parents of problem children to attend school with their children – I don’t know. Let’s think outside the box and come up with some legal solutions. Random comments like “throw them out of school”, “make them go to Pittsburg”, are just stupid and non-constructive ideas. First – let’s get off the blogs and DO something. Let’s start with getting the facts and knowing what we’re talking about

59 Alpha Beta October 3, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Why are you parents who have so much to say, not at that school en masse making a difference instead of debating whether they came from Concord, Pittsburg or Bay Point?

60 anon October 3, 2011 at 4:03 PM

#52 & #58,
Then nothing will be done. FILIBUSTERING is the word I used. I’m sure glad I have choice and my kids don’t have to go to public (government) school.

Next, you’ll be saying that I’m racist for even suggesting that kids go to school at the New Pittsburg High school. Don’t call Jesse or Al Sharpton on me.

PS – What part of Baypoint are you calling “unincorporated”?

61 !!!! October 3, 2011 at 5:00 PM

A lot of the writers here keep looking for who to blame. Really, that is the easy question. We elect the school board to manage the district and run the schools. What is the school board doing about school safety?

The school board lacks commitment in school safety. The Super is lax and tolerant of not only misbehaving but violent children as well. He and the board leave the safety of the schools to the police. That sounds like passing the buck. The administration of the district needs to step up and take control of the children. But as the board is spineless and its leadership narcissistic, I doubt anything will happen to resolve this issue until new people are elected to replace this bunch of crackers.

I heard there was a young fellow at MDHS just this afternoon arrested for fighting.

62 anonoman October 3, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Very Easy…

If you feel threatened or are threatened directly file charges.

Get a restraining order as well.

63 anon October 3, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Students in the MDUSD come from every city that has a Bart station. You can’t put the blame on just Baypoint.

64 popo koogs October 3, 2011 at 5:29 PM

They need a ZERO tolorance policy for any abuse, foul language, etc. Just expel the troublemakers. Have an on duty officer on campus at all times to take care of this disgusting situation. The Parents should be cited also.
Totally unacceptable, it’s time to clean it up and there is no excuse!

65 Always Right October 3, 2011 at 5:30 PM

DoReMi hit the nail on the head. How many of these troublemakers have a mom and a dad at home?

Race is not the issue. The trouble comes from the 40% of students who don’t have their mom and dad together at home. Take that to the bank.

66 MDHS Student October 3, 2011 at 6:06 PM

@Another MDHS Teacher
If you dont like the school leave. Everybody talk shit about our school but don’t recognize the good side of it. Out of all the schools in MDUSD we went up 24 in our API scores. We where the highest. I totally agree with Kellie. People like her at MDHS make a difference unlike all the other teachers that keep complaining but won’t do nothing about it. IF YOU DONT LIKE MDHS LEAVE!!!!!!!

67 Mick October 3, 2011 at 6:09 PM

I just wanted to say that I was a former student of mdhs. The teachers I had were more than amazing. I was apart of the digital safari academy and they did a wonderful job of preparing me for college. It really depends on the student, as well as how they were raised. Durin my Freshmen year, I was a rebel due to lack of freedom at home (although I’m sure too much freedom to these out of control students would be a horrible idea.) I cut class, was given a ride back to school by the cops, was truant, smoked near the baseball fields, etc. I joined DSA my sophomore year and felt a caring-vibe coming from my teachers. I immediately and completely turned my act around. We had Randy Depew, the amazing, caring, understanding, reliable teacher who we went to for all types of problems and words or encouragement. We had Mrs. Nevis, the strict jerk, yet prepared us the most for college. We had the same set of teachers throughout the years until we graduated, which in return gave us a sense of home and family.

When I went there, I expected wors just because of the reputation, but it honestly wasn’t horrible. Fights here and there, just like any other school. To the teachers complaining: maybe if you cared about your students performance in class, they’d actually listen and want to come. Do not be a pushover to the jerks, kick them out of class and report their behavior to the office.

68 real October 3, 2011 at 6:12 PM

yeah i have been a sub teacher at mt. i went to and graduated from mt. i know mt very well. its the bottom of the bottom. are kids really learning here? nope. its a frustrating situation when you cannot discipline the kids.. if there is no action taken for the bad things a student does how can you provide an atmosphere where you want students to learn there best. its kaotic.
look at the last, what, 20 years of mt.. its all bad.. and its not going to change soon. do i think it can change? yes. but you have to kick the kids out who are creating the bad atmospheres. it is all so simple but yet complex.
does the district want the funding they get from these kids attending school, or do they want a well behaved school where kids go to learn.

69 Graduated student 11 October 3, 2011 at 6:17 PM

I understand there are always problems everywhere they go. From my perspective Mount is a great school because i learned the bigger picture my teachers where really passionate about what they where doing. I know some teachers are just bad teachers thats when students make the decisions. You have to think about where these kids are coming from all they need is some love and someone to care from them. Not everything is bad about mount. There is just couple of bad students and bad teachers. But most of them really care about what they are doing and dealing with.

70 violent zestification October 3, 2011 at 6:27 PM

i see as a few people have predicted violence occuring in the future before they do something drastic. The issue is how far are you willing to take it?i saw some people saying hard labor? Sorry we’re not in communist china where individual liberty isn’t respected but thats not gonna be the norm. i live in Concord and i’ve lived here for a large portion of my life, the thing is that it’s easy from an outside view to hold a personal view on a kid with problems and giving them no humanity. And by that is to look at them and not see a developing human being. True kids that come over from west pitt and richmond and (i know some kids from even oakland that attend HS out here) may tend to carry issues and carry that egotistic “i left the hood but the hood never left me”attitude, but throwing them away and singling them out and singling any group out and coming up with racially biased rules to enforce,weaken what little respect these kids hold for themselves and their communities and schools. some of the things you people are putting out there are pretty out there.

71 John Muir October 3, 2011 at 6:32 PM

A few months ago a fight at this school spread across the street to the hospital. When the hospital security guards tried to get the kids off of the property they were beaten up badly by multiple kids, some requiring stitches. The police finally showed up and had to use the taser to get the kids to comply.

72 Troll October 3, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Any concerned parents need not worry about their fragile little children. Your children will not be corrupted or harmed if they stay away from bad kids. If your kids start going bad, then maybe you messed up somewhere along the line. Of course, it’s always easier to blame the troubled kid for being a bad influence than to admit that you were bad parents.If you had just taken the time to sit down and talk to your kids, then they wouldn’t have problem.

73 Another MDHS Teacher October 3, 2011 at 7:03 PM

@62-

Filing a restraining order brings unwanted retaliation and attention. The staff here is very well aware of the consequences of bringing negative attention to the school. Unless there is someone to enforce a restraining order, what good will it do if I am raped, robbed or beaten? A restraining order is not a bulletproof wall.

@66-

I understand your frustration, but cursing at me or talking the way you are on a public blog does not help the reputation of the school one bit. When you grow up, and have real bills and responsibilities, you will understand why I come to school everyday. I know you are too young to understand the politics of the MDUSD or the world.

74 This is an outrage! October 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Those kids from over the hill are clearly the problem. Just check the records and you will see that they are the ones causing most of the trouble. How can the administration and the district be so stupid to turn the other cheek on them. They allow them to corrupt our children and reward them with the freedom to continue doing so. These kids need discipline! Disruptive and criminal behavior was not tolerated back in my day. Disciplinary action was swift and effective. The lack of discipline in our schools nowadays is resulting in a generation of delinquents that feel like they can do whatever they want. I call on you, my fellow parents, to stand with me and demand that the administration implement disciplinary actions against the troublemakers!

75 Fae October 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

I think that it really isn’t the school that is the problem. I was transferred to <t. after sophomore year and yes, I can see where the rumors are coming from, but I now know that it isn't the school, it's who the children hang out with. It depends on what the children believe their purpose is there at school. You can't blame the entire area just because of a few bad apples. You have to take everything into consideration, how are the parents raising these children, how do these children feel about school and from there, I'm sure a solution will appear on how to lessen all these "evil things" that people are complaining about. Parents who complain about how the schools are bad here, take the initiative! Don't just expect magic to happen and everything will be fine and dandy. All schools, no matter where it may be, have their own problems to deal with!

76 anon October 3, 2011 at 7:17 PM

@60 All of Bay Point is “unincorporated.”

77 Truth you don't want to hear October 3, 2011 at 7:28 PM

All you people that blame the students and the Pittsburg/Bay Point area…are you seriously going to put all the blame on just those two? What about these “great teachers” that kept being talked about? How many of these “great teachers” that want to quit actually did their job to keep the classroom an excellent learning environment? What about the kids causing problems that AREN’T in the Pittsburg/Bay Point area (don’t even try to lie, as a former student, I KNOW that Concord students aren’t innocent either)? What about the higher-ups that don’t get off their butts to actually put action towards the students (no, building gates to keep students in doesn’t count)? I graduated last June and currently succeeding in private school, and I can say that MDHS has sides that people refuse to even give a chance to look at. I can also say that with my actual experience in the school, I know that the TEACHERS, yes, the TEACHERS are at even more fault than the students. How many of them actually follow through with classroom disciplining and actually put these misbehaving students through proper procedures? I know a lot of them don’t. These include the teachers that claim to be “great teachers”. These “great teachers” should check their actions before blaming the students. And you people that claim that its the fault of Pittsburg/Bay Point, last time I checked, crime and bad influences like gangs don’t exist only there, it exists in your area too. So don’t ignorantly isolate a single area when the blame is also on other places.

78 lisa current student at MDHS October 3, 2011 at 7:29 PM

you people make me sick this school is not even as bad as you guys say it is. Yea there might be problems here and there but look who went up in the start testing,.. teachers make it seem so bad rape really your making your self look stupid. Im tired of hearing about mount being such a bad school when its not. mount diablo can be a very good school. Mount Diablo is not as bad as people say it is,

79 lisa current student at MDHS October 3, 2011 at 7:31 PM

sorry typo star testing and teachers sating there afriad of “rape” thats nonsense

80 gabriela hipolito-student October 3, 2011 at 7:54 PM

i am going to debate all those who think of MDHS as a school of rejects, as an unasafe environment, as a school with no future…

first of all mount diablo high school is a good school with good teachers, although it does not have the best record and high academic scores, this school has overall changed, thanks to our new principle.

its easy to judge the school for its bad record but in reality mount diablo is not a bad school, it is a good school with bad students.

mount has change many peoples life, and overall it had changed my life.
mount has given me what other schools didnt want to give me, a second chance.

its not easy growing up in a bad comunity where theres gangs violence and drug abuse. many of the students in mount come from where i come from, a poverty comunity.. where in all public schools look down on us and think of us as less than what were worth.

mount is full of intelegent young teens and adults, but it seems like no one bothers to discover them, there are soo many students that i know, who are happy to still be alive, and that want to be the first of there family to graduate, and there are others who have been given up on so they give up as well.

instead of judging us why not get to know us. know where we come from what weve been through. try to help us so we can help ourselves, but no we get criticized and look down on once more..

its sad because most of us grew up having to fight for everything, respect, turf, our lives, we had to fight why ? because we were raised like that, the hood doesnt give good explanations we just do what we think is right, but in reality whats right to us is wrong.

mount is improving little by little, but shutting it down wont help the cause, like they say mount is a school of rejects, noo mount is a school of second opportunities, chances,

there are various ways to help out our school, but criticizing it, wont help.

instead of complaining about how horrible our school is and how our students act, why not do something about it..

be part of our school. help us *

81 Alumni October 3, 2011 at 8:04 PM

I’m an Alumni from this school and its not the way you all think it is. Outside view is what gives Mount Diablo a BAD REPUTATION. I came from the streets yeah i caused trouble but thee EDUCATION I’ve learned in the past couple of years has exceeded far beyond my expectation. I graduated as almost one of the Most Improved students at Mount Diablo High. The most troubled Kids comes from nearby High schools not also from that but from a troubled neighborhoods. The kids have nothing to deal with trouble there, it’s the parents who dont step up to discipline their child. Think about that when you see a “NOT SO GOOD SCHOOL”

82 diane October 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I have always heard bad things about mount then my daughter and moved to concord….closer to my job…..she goes to mount. I have nothing but great things to say about the teachers and staff at that school, sure there are fights and less than stellar kids attend, I haven’t seen one school that didn’t have that.

83 Senior Chang October 3, 2011 at 8:18 PM

I am a student at Mt. and ive been here for four years. The school is not as bad as the public makes it seem. Yes their is a group of idiotic and crazy kids that invoke fights and altercations, but their is a ton of kids that are well behaved and that care about their education. Other schools, in MDUSD, or any other district, has the same issues. Just a group of ignorant kids that don’t follow the rules, but the difference is that Mount has a bad reputation. And for the teachers being abused physically, ive never seen this nor heard of it until now. This type of behavior is a myth. Dont get me wrong, i know that their are people that may do these kinds of things but im sure as hell its not even %1 of all Mount Students. Mount has higher API scores than YV and no one seems to think of them as a bad school. Mount has alot of students and most are your average students, then their are the high achievers that appear more often than people think, then with the fewest in numbers their are the troublemakers.

On the topic of the new principle. People criticized her for her Academy Plan and this and that, but over the year i have seen that the changes she has made have only helped the school. They may not be in favor of all students, but in the long run it helps all students.

84 Mika October 3, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Did you know all expelled MDUSD students all eventually return to a MDUSD school within a year of their expulsion? MDUSD also places students straight out of Juvie, boy ranches and jail right back into our schools. Some of these kids have violent histories involving weapons and serious injuries to others, They also come to our district from Oakland, Richmond, etc. I feel so bad for the “innocents” that have to walk the halls with these punks. And these kids always have new tricks to teach our kids.

85 anonoman October 3, 2011 at 8:27 PM

@Another Teacher

If you are in danger of being raped, leave.

You enforce your restraining order.

Weight this out…unwanted attention vs. rape. Be assertive.

86 anon October 3, 2011 at 8:33 PM

It’s a cop out to blame “single parents.” They (we) aren’t all created equal. There are bad parents, both together and single. I am a single parent and my kids are good kids. Good grade. No drugs. No alcohol. No trouble at high school. No issues. I am involved. I am at home for them every day. I attend every field trip. I volunteer at the school. So just acknowledge there are good and bad parents of all varieties and it just irks me to no end when people paint single parents with a broad brush. I know I’m an exception, I know I’ve worked my ass off to be able to work a job that allows me the flexibility to put my kids first – I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for letting me vent a little. Heck, I don’t even date because my kids are my priority and their activities and my belief in “being there” takes up all my time. There will be time for me later. I only get them young once. I only have one chance to do it right. Live without regret.

87 anon October 3, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Have to wonder reading student remarks, why is it they cannot spell or write in complete sentences…MDHS students, what’s up with the spelling and grammar errors….

88 Snape October 3, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Mt. Diablo High School isn’t as bad as a school as a lot of people on this “blog” think. Mt is actually a great school. It has sent many students off to colleges, community, state, UC’s and even private colleges. Can a bad school do this? Answer that. The reason Mt. has a bad reputation is for what only a few number of students do. I have worked at that school now for 2 years, and yes there are SOME bad kids, but most of them are good kids who come to school to study, and often times to get to a better place then where they are at. Also why do you think that all kids from Bay Point are bad and worthless? Most of those kids are really smart.
If only you guys could go undercover and really find out what goes on at Mt. It is not as bad as you all go to complain. Mt is a good school, in fact I went there for 2 years, and nothing bad happened to me. I graduated and now I am in college and I still work at Mt. Many kids that I interact with really do want to be good in school, but it doesn’t seem like it because they just don’t understand their teachers or they are afraid to ask for help. If you guys want your test scores to go up, make it an environment where kids want to learn and can ask questions.
Also if you parents are concerned that your kids will go down the wrong path, encourage them to take Honors and AP classes, the work load will keep them focused and their dreams and expectations high. In fact Calculus is harder at Mt than at college. If you all want to see change in the school get yourself more involved and your student. Even if that means joining leadership and environmental club during their campus cleans up. Or showing up for PTSA! Last I was asked to translate something for them I only saw 3 parents there. 3 parents can do little change, but not what YOU guys want. They may want other things than what YOU want!

Mt. is a great high school don’t have it continue having a bad reputation. If you do continue it you are only making CONCORD-CLYDE-BAY POINT look bad. A school is part of the community and it reflects what they community is. I don’t want my community to be bad, so I do my best to help out at Mt. I help out as much as I can and if you want change do the same.

IN SUMMARY MT. IS GREAT, BUT IF IT’S NOT MEETING YOUR EXPECTATIONS DO SOMETHING!!!!
VOLUNTEER!
HELP!
OFFER HELP TO THE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM AND THE OFFICE

JUST DO SOMETHING INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING!!!

89 Student October 3, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Well, Im a sophmore at Mount now & I just think you guys all sound dumb for arguing over here. Don’t blame anyone, i mean what does it do good for you? Nothing. Exactly. Now if you really have a life, get off the damn computer & do something about this if you really think it’s a problem. This is my first & last comment so dont expect me to comment when you guys hate on this. so yeah, umm byee :*

90 Alumni of Mount October 3, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Why don’t you “concerned” parents and teachers get down to the Board Meetings every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7pm and actually voice your complaints. Have the board throw in an investigation to these claims instead of seriously complaining via blog posts. Will these get anything truly done except stoop you down to a myspace leveled teen? Get out and voice your opinions where it matters. Be the adult and use your options you have always had. Go to these meetings, especially these teachers who somehow think they will possibly be raped, and open an investigation into the safety of the school. The board I am sure will comply.

As a former student of Mount, in the FAME Academy(r.i.p.), I must be ignorant to these problems. Every teacher I have had at Mount Diablo have been great teachers. Sure there were some I did not care for, but hey, who hasn’t had a teacher they didn’t like.
Yes we have also had bad students and still do, every school does.

To fix these problems, the parents need to get together and actually participate in school policy. If we had great parental involvement I am sure this would have already been discussed with the Board instead of blogging about it and immaturely blaming the other sides.

As for the teachers concerned about getting abused, raped, etc. maybe, just maybe if you have that feeling, call the office administration, have that student(s) taken out of class and investigate why you are feeling that way. Must be a specific reason, i.e. student threatening you, provocative signaling, mental stress maybe. If you feel you are in any danger, think a little, “maybe I should get this situation evaluated by administration and get down to the exact reason why I feel i’m going to get raped(etc.) at MDHS.

I would hope you seriously don’t expect people to take you seriously if it is just the “atmosphere” of MD that makes you feel those things will happen to you. Get real. Give specific evidence of these things happening and you will definitely be taken seriously. Those students will be dealt with accordingly to the standards of law. I am sure if you took up a little action yourself (instead of blogging about it) and do something about it, you will feel much safer at MD instead of fearing everyday your life and security of self.

Please don’t let the negative portrayal of MDHS in the tabloids ruin your predisposition of this wonderful school full of students with great potential.

Nothing is perfect in life, simply strive to make it better, including your workplace even if you work at MDHS.

Peace and hopefully I will see you at the next board meeting voicing your concerns.

91 Snape October 3, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Mt. is a great high school don’t have it continue having a bad reputation. If you do continue it you are only making CONCORD-CLYDE-BAY POINT look bad. A school is part of the community and it reflects what they community is. I don’t want my community to be bad, so I do my best to help out at Mt. I help out as much as I can and if you want change do the same.

IN SUMMARY MT. IS GREAT, BUT IF IT’S NOT MEETING YOUR EXPECTATIONS DO SOMETHING!!!!
VOLUNTEER!
HELP!
OFFER HELP TO THE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM AND THE OFFICE

JUST DO SOMETHING INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING!!!

92 Alex October 3, 2011 at 9:14 PM

You are all delusional to blame us, Bay Point kids. Like all Concord kids are perfect little angels. All you “anonymous” teachers complaining should be ashamed. You are all pathetic to be playing the blame game.

And if mount students were really as bad as all you ignorant people say it is, we wouldn’t have UCLA, UCDAVIS, UCSANDIEGO, ETC acceptances.
Grow up. You can’t place blame on race or city. Its pathetic.

93 Always Right October 3, 2011 at 9:20 PM

@lisa current student at MDHS – Mount Diablo HS has an API score of 653 in 2010 puts it in the bottom 20% of all California High Schools. That is bad. Not the worst in California by a long shot, but still this is way below average. You and the other good students should be out protesting to get this fixed.

YOU DESERVE BETTER.

You deserve a school that is safe and has a learning environment that is respected and protected by the students and the school.

A good school has established high expectations and standards. Those who cannot get to class on time, those who curse at each other or cause disruption need to get suspended and/or expelled. Period.

94 CURRENT JUNIOR LEADERSHIP STUDENT October 3, 2011 at 9:21 PM

please take this anyway you want but what happened to all the rights and privileges parents have been preaching about for ages? only a handful of students, the ones who are more focused on, are rude and as you say but the majority of the school now is focused and extremely dedicated to the school. we have school pride and our graduates have become successful in every way possible. why don’t you visit sometime and actually experience the safety that we students can offer instead of putting us down because of our other classmates? haven’t you all heard about whiny an individual? we make our own choices and have succeeded in doing so thy it benefits our future and the new future after we graduate. stop being hung over by the past. the school has hanged ever since our new principal came. she has done her best to increase our reputation and the teachers who lovethis place have even tried to work for our benefit. as a leadership student, and I speak for myself, I have worked hard to improve this school in every way possible. our teachers who are here by choice deserve to be heard too. the positive influences need to be heard. there are so many new students who are working so hard to get good grades and better lives. yet people such as yourselves try to put us down further. who are the horrible people now? I hate this reputation. it focuses on only negative sides of everything. all our voices need to be heard!

95 current junior leadership student October 3, 2011 at 9:25 PM

yes there are spelling mistakes and autocorrect mistakes but if your school was being out down like this, I’m surprised there weren’t MORE errors.

96 Current MDHS Student October 3, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Really? I cant believe all this as a student these three years Ive been in Mount Ive NEVER had anything stolen or been afraid for my life in anyway, and as for closing the school? why would you even say that its such a great school with wonderful academies and great teachers who are always their to help us students. Just because theirs a small amount of students who make us look bad everyone starts saying that Mount is a horrible school you guys act like theirs no fights or problems at any of the other schools…..

97 educated student October 3, 2011 at 9:54 PM

im a student at mount diablo i see alot of you talking about the principal ,shes a GREAT principal and she doing everything she can to make this school a better place shes more active than anyother principal weve had since ive been there and im a junior now ,, all i cAn say too you parents that seem to care so much u should ask yourselves what are you doing to help the school become a better place, instead of complain lets get proactive about it and to the teachers OUR principal cant do it own her own lets all help. you have the authority use it

98 Make My Day October 3, 2011 at 10:00 PM

A perspective that I have is that the one-size-fits-all public school model is broke and is failing to prepare students for their role as a productive citizen based on their capabilities.

Our schools try (may not succeed) to promote college prep and placing students on this path is great, but if a student’s capabilities do not support this, we are doing them a dis-service leaving them languish in schools which are not providing them the opportunity to choose a path votech, school of arts, services, etc. that can position them in a near future job.

If alternate schools where available which were specialized/focused on an alternative to college prep, I would expect we would see a movement away from the trouble we see in the college prep focused public schools today and also less problems in the job prep schools.

99 Cherry October 3, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Did you know that Mt. offers 7 AP classes?
1 Biology
2 English
3 Calculus
4 Environmental Science
5 Spanish
6 US History
7 US Government and Politics

100 Snape October 3, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Did you know that:
Mt. has an actual sports program?! OMG why don’t you make your kids join it. They have
1 basketball
2 football
3 tennis
4 soccer
5 wrestling
6 volleyball
7 baseball
8 softball

101 Cherry October 3, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Did you know that Mt has 7 AP classes?
1 US History
2 Biology
3 English Literature and Composition
4 US Government and Politics
5 Calculus AB
6 Spanish Literature
7 Environmental Science

102 Mt. Graduate 09 October 3, 2011 at 10:44 PM

It is really pathetic and very amusing to hear that alot of the problem is due to minorities and Bay Point students. Bay Point is just like any other town and is not the problem for the schools troubles. The schools in Bay Point are part of the MDUSD, saying that pittsburg kids need to go to pittsburg, is ignorant and stupid. My personal experiance at mt. was like any other high schoolers’ experiance. Every school had it’s problem but what it comes down to is how the problem is approched. If you honestley think that closing down the school is going to solve the problem, then you are very naive and selfish to want to deprive thes kids thier education.

103 Straight-up! October 3, 2011 at 11:00 PM

“Lisa current student at MDHS” please make sure you do your English homework. As for the rest…I blame the parents for not parenting, for not setting boundaries, for working hard to keep food on the table that you don’t take time or energy to follow up on your children. For those parents that are junkies or alcoholics and beating your child up physically and verbally or just plain lazy folks, you are to blame for NOT teaching your kids responsibility for their actions and NOT taking responsibility for your family-shame on you! You know who you are too! Don’t look the other way…

104 a ticked off BayPoint MOM October 3, 2011 at 11:01 PM

I am appalled that everyone is pointing his or her finger at BayPoint. I know for a fact there are more gangs in concord around the Salono area then anywhere in BayPoint. This sickens me. My son who went to Mount in the early 2000′s was exspelled from school because a kid from CONCORD hit him in the head with a stack of books, not once but twice. My son told him before he hit them second time he had better not do it again. So because my son protected himself he was expelled.
People get a grip on life and point blame where balme is, it is not in just one area “BAYPOINT/PITTSBURG” parents need to start putting their foot down and open a can of whoop a$$ on these kids. Quit sending them to school for the teachers and staff to deal with what you can’t deal with at HOME!!

105 ??? October 3, 2011 at 11:03 PM

STUDENTS POSITNG..you’re saying the school isn’t so bad…have you known a school better than MDHS? DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS! DEMAND MORE FOR YOURSELVES!!

106 STUDENT. October 3, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Honestly, if you actually SPENT a day at this school, you would realize it isn’t that bad. If you stay away from the people who do bad things, you are FINE. And don’t blame the district for this.

Some of the parents don’t educate their kids right about what’s right and wrong. What are the teachers supposed to do? Educate them like a parent ? That’s a PARENTS job. Yes our teachers do the best they can and the district can’t teach common manners in a school obviously. Please stop bashing and learn about what REALLY goes on in this school.

That’s all I have to say.

107 STUDENT. October 3, 2011 at 11:18 PM

Oh, and just saying, but look at ALL the students that have defended this school. To adults who criticize our school: How about now? You haven’t spent any time more than 10 minutes here, and you think you can come here and judge? I know so many high-achievers at this school and many of them are my colleagues and friends. A lot of us even try to help our friends to study and do their homework. Are you PROUD that you’re just sitting here behind your little computer bashing our school instead of doing something productive to help ? All you guys can say is CLOSE IT DOWN and blame it on other people, but are you even contributing. I’m not disrespecting any of you, but many of you are disrespecting our school and EVERYONE who goes to it. If you guys WANT a change, YOU make it happen. It’s a team effort; not something that can be done by one person. So please, don’t just complain. You don’t even KNOW what it’s like at this school. Some kids that go here consider it a haven compared to what they have to deal with at home.

108 Hmm October 3, 2011 at 11:25 PM

I wonder; how many parents actually went to Back to School Night with your child?

109 Troll October 3, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Aye, cudi! Y’all sure be talkin’ a lot of shit, but you won’t come over and say it to our faces! Bunch of cowards. Y’all ain’t got no balls! Y’all just scared that we might mess y’all up!

Ha. I kid. I kid.

Basically, Mt Diablo High School is a great school with, unfortunately, a terrible reputation that has no actual evidence behind it. These reports seem to be written by ignorant individuals that seem hellbent on perpetuating false truths about Mt Diablo High. If one were to take a day to visit the campus and walk among the students, that person would find a wonderful school. The campus is cleaner now thanks to the leadership students. There are no longer lingering students out in the quad thanks to the attendance policies which were put into place by the current principal. Besides that, the students are not all “thugs”. They are all amazing individuals, each with a beautiful story and mind to share. Many are on track to go off to ivy league and UC schools. Others are incredible sports stars. And others are just hard workers with problems that need a hand, not a kick from ignorant fools such as yourselves.

The teachers at Mt Diablo High do not “fear” for their lives. In fact, most teachers show up early in the morning and won’t leave until late in the afternoon because they are going the extra mile to make sure the students are getting the right attention. So, yeah. The teachers are scared out of their damn minds.

You can take my word on all of this or ignore it while you continue to run your own mouths off. It’s fine by me. Just know I get a kick from watching you all argue on an internet blog. Your words will go no further than these comments and nothing will change. Just sayin’.

Teehee~~~

110 Pissed Off Alumni October 3, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Are you all for real? I graduated from Mount a a few years back, and going there over Clayton valley or Concord was the BEST decision I’ve ever made in my life. I was part of IHTA, where I had the best teachers and the greatest classmates. I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. By the way, I was one of those “over the hill” kids from bay point until my Junior year when I moved to Concord, the kids in Concord are worse than the ones in Bay Point. And there sure as hell are a lot of immigrant families but you better believe most of those kids aren’t the ones causing trouble, they know the sacrifice their parents have made for their future. So as a Bay Point kid, the child of immigrants, a Mount graduate, where do I stand now? About to receive Master’s in biology from UC Berkeley with early acceptance to Columbia Medical. Don’t ever doubt a Mount kid. Red Devils Forever Baby!!!!!!

111 Han Phan October 3, 2011 at 11:41 PM

I don’t care if my name is out there. I’m proud to be a Mount Diablo High School student. I’ve already submitted a few comments under different names, but I just want to say with my own identity:
I’m in clubs and programs that work to benefit me, I play sports, I take AP classes, and my highschool life is clean. I don’t understand why people don’t see the hard workers and allow that 1% of students cloud the others. I’m also from Bay Point/ Pittsburg and I take leadership. Why can’t people see that nothing has happened that could even harm me at school? It really is just like any other school environment.

112 Really? October 3, 2011 at 11:42 PM

Hey don’t knock on the improvements these kids have been working on in testing. Any progress is progress be happy for them. Mount isn’t bad, if the teachers are “threatened and unsafe” they can leave, these kids are sick of their negative attitude towards them. Obviously all the haters have never spent a day at Mount. My family has gone to that school for 3 GENERATIONS, not once have we ever had any sort of problem. Me and my twin just graduated, and we never got anything stolen, never felt unsafe. Shit if anything the diversity and adrenaline in the air is what makes mount a better school than the rest of the Concord high schools. Mount is fun as hell

113 Teacher's Daughter October 4, 2011 at 12:10 AM

@real – #68: Please tell me you’re not a sub. A former MDHS student is a believable statement, but you can’t write a single decent English sentence to save your life. How on God’s green earth did you ever get a teaching credential? Now I’m getting some insight as to how far our whole public educational system has plummeted.

MDHS has had a culture of violence within the student body and indifference on the part of the administration for decades. The teachers are sandwiched in the middle. My mother taught there in the 70′s and 80′s. The same issues we’re discussing here sound like stories I heard at home. Teachers afraid for their well-being. Physically threatened by both students and sometimes parents, intimidated by a do-nothing administration and encouraged not to “make waves.”

There were a few bright beacons like Coach Hagerstrand (yes, related to the CVHS teacher) who instituted conflict resolution where the administration sat on their hands or applied band-aid solutions, but the black cloud remains.

People in the MDHS community – parents, teachers, kids, staff – who care about a safe learning environment need to get involved and take action. Violent offenders: OUT. Drug dealers: OUT. Bullies: OUT. Take a lesson from the Wall Street protesters. Stick your neck out, speak up. Write. Email. Phone. Nobody should have to put up with the s**t that has and continues to go on there.

114 IGRNORANCE October 4, 2011 at 12:19 AM

I honestly cannot believe some of the things that are being said. ” Pittsburg residents need to attend school IN PITTSBURG!!!”, “Concord kids are are being corrupted by some very hard core trouble makers. Since when do we protect the hoodlums instead of the ‘good’ kids.”, ” The majority of kids that go to Mt. Diablo HS are from Bay Point, Pittsburg, and Antioch. I can say this from my own knowledge from working within specific organizations in this area. They send all of the extremely troubled kids from all over when they don’t know what else to do with them.”??? I am by far offended by these words. I attended Mt. Diablo High School, I am from Bay Point and was raised there for a majority of my life. I turned out JUST FINE. I was an over achieving student who graduated with a 4.0 GPA and am now attending UCSC. These comments you guys are making are offensive and disrespectful. You’re all just as bad as the dangerous “MDHS” you guys make it seem. You do not have the RIGHT to judge anything or anyone who has or is attending this school. Things like this are what really piss me off, people who judge and assume things without knowing the reality of it all. It’s called IGNORANCE, look it up.

115 Luna October 4, 2011 at 12:35 AM

@106

Yes I have actually been from another district! In fact, I was from another district and got moved to Mt. after moving within the boundaries of the Mt. lines. I can honestly tell you that I do not regret going to Mt. instead of schools like Concord or Clayton Valley. My school reputation has remained clean all throughout high school and I am now not only a proud alumni of Mt. (class of 2011) but also a freshman at Cal State East Bay in their Pre-Nursing program! Yes, that’s right you critics of Bay Point kids! A Bay Point resident who went to Mt. is successfully in college and doing quite well in fact. So how’s that for validation that not all kids from Mt. or Bay Point are “troublemakers” or whatever other names you have decided to call us. How about before you make decisions stating that Mt. is bad, you actually get off the computer, go visit Mt. for a day and see what it’s like from the student’s point of view? If you don’t want to be proven wrong, then how about you take initiative instead of complaining on the computer?

116 Mick October 4, 2011 at 12:39 AM

The amount of students of and/or graduates of MDHS who are defending the school is amazing. Do you really think a school that is all you say it is would have students coming onto a blog to defend their school on their own time? That, itself, shows the amount of love, dedication and appreciation a lot of the students have for the school and some of the staff. Stop letting the 2% of trouble makers blind you from seeing the achievements of the other 98% of the students who go to MDHS. If you’re concerned about specific situations, get out and do something about it. Report it, go to meetings, volunteer. If you can careless about the school, then keep your opinion to yourself. I personally think it’s a wonderful school with wonderful academies. Have any of you researched DSA and their reputation? How about IHTA?

And for you grammar nazi’s on here, it is a blog, not an English paper that’s going to be graded. All that should matter is the message the poster is trying to get across. It is still legible.

The sooner you look on the brighter side of things and see the light, the happier you’ll live.

117 Truth you don't want to hear October 4, 2011 at 12:39 AM

Yeah. All the haters can say whatever they want, but when you have the students and alumni of Mount Diablo High School saying that the reputation doesn’t fit, I don’t know how people could possibly still have such prejudices against the school. When you have students and alumni saying they’re HAPPY being affiliated with MDHS, where does your hateful, ignorant, and prejudiced “logic” stand now? I am a graduate of MDHS Class of 2011, and because of the preparation and education I received from there, I am currently a successful private college student working towards a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design. Along with me, I have many fellow graduates working towards the medical field as well. Do some research before you talk down on Mount Diablo High School.

118 ??? October 4, 2011 at 12:39 AM

STUDENTS POSITNG..you’re saying the school isn’t so bad…have you known a school better than MDHS? How can u gauge that the school is fine/ok if you have never gone to a better school? You all say “I” had a wonderful experience. How is MDHS as a WHOLE? The school isn’t based off individuals. It’s based on a whole. You shouldn’t be arguing for yourselves that the school was a good experience for you. But then again, you can’t really argue it’s a good experience for everyone..and that’s where the school is compared to other schools..

119 Truth you don't want to hear October 4, 2011 at 1:02 AM

@???

Who exactly are you to say that there are better schools? In your perspective, every other school out there is better, but then you don’t even consider the student’s perspective. Admittedly, there are students who don’t want to be at MDHS and those students generally don’t want to be in school anyway. Putting them somewhere else won’t solve the problem unless you actually work with the student. On the flipside, many of the MDHS students WANT to be there. I know this as a graduate and I still keep in touch with MDHS. Unless you are a student yourself (which is a more credible source because we live out the facts and witness them before our eyes), I don’t think you’re fit to say MDHS’s experience as a whole is bad.

120 ??? October 4, 2011 at 1:13 AM

@Truth you don’t want to hear

did it also ever dawn on you that almost no one here, except for few “staff” are actually answering the question? ***Do you feel safe working here?***

at least point ppl in the direction of answering the question directly rather than beating around the bush saying “i had a good experience” etc..also student perspective DOES NOT answer a question aimed at “staff” real or not..

121 ??? October 4, 2011 at 1:22 AM

@Mick a friend of mine happends to actually attend MDHS currently…says he can’t get anything done with basically the whole class “interfering” with a “bad” teacher..he’s not learning anything due to students not respecting the teacher. and the teacher as well is unorganized.. sounds like a terrible environment to learn in..just wondering-what percentage of a student body class graduates? 100% – 0%? does anybody know?

122 ??? October 4, 2011 at 1:28 AM

Truth you don’t want to hear

To base experience on students’ perspective IS to base it off not knowing a better school. Have you ever experienced a school where when police are called, it’s a rarity? Where a fight is a rarity? I’m not saying students’ perspectives of a good experience is invalid…I’m simply telling them to DEMAND MORE & DEMAND BETTER. Students should never be satisfied with their school unless it already provides the perfect learning environment. But until then, ALWAYS DEMAND MORE.

123 Let's be real October 4, 2011 at 1:38 AM

@Mick #117 – You have a good point about the percentage of trouble makers vs. the majority of students who are there to learn.

However, about your grammar nazi comment, what do you think about someone posting here who’s supposed to be a high school teacher and example to students, but can’t write a decent basic English sentence? It just demonstrates how low the bar’s dropped in public education. That doesn’t bother you?

Same thing goes for any high school students posting here. Don’t tell me a kid who has mastered 50 levels of some video game can’t apply those same brain cells to basic spelling and sentence construction. It just shows they don’t give a s**t. That’ll take them far in the real world, won’t it?

Job application fail: check
College application essay fail: check
Job report writing fail: check

124 Dr. Bob October 4, 2011 at 5:38 AM

To the MDHS Staff:

How many fights are you aware of the occur right in front of the Catholic School, next to Mount Diablo High School? How about the fights at the various bus stops and at John Muir Hospital, both before and after school? How about the drug sales and use that occur as YOUR kids are arriving and leaving school?

As a business owner near YOUR school I am FED UP with this crap! These aren’t just one-on one fights! These are fights, sometimes involving dozens of YOUR kids. How can staff say the school is safe when I regularly see 3 or more CPD cars at the school at one time? Two weeks ago, there were over a dozen police cars in front of the church after a fight broke out BEFORE school!

Does it ever occur to you that OUR police might have better things to do than to provide constant “babysitting” duties to YOUR campus?

Time to take a look at the principal and superintendent and what they are doing to make this campus safe for OUR community!

125 mdusd mother October 4, 2011 at 6:13 AM

Funny thing is Pittsburg Unified grew by 1,000 students this year. The new schools in Pit and the new facilities at the High School are attracting MDUSD families from the Pittsburg/Bay Point area. Yes, they are leaving MDUSD and Mount for better facilites and programs. MDUSD take notes.

Another funny- Pittsburg crime rate is at the lowest rate in 50 years. Are you sure Mount parents & others like (#4 Mount mom and #46 Anon) where the alleged “bad elements” are coming from. Might be from your own backyard/neighborhood.

126 Anonymous October 4, 2011 at 7:13 AM

So I heard from a friend who works there that the Principle will not suspend the students who are the problem. The school get more money when they students are at school and tells the teachers to work it out or get out.

What a crazy B for putting other students in danger and teacher. I think the district should be sued by the teachers and parents!

127 easy October 4, 2011 at 7:41 AM

that school has been bad since the mid 90s..all you here from that school is drug and gang problems and its been going on forever..closed the freakin school

128 Straight Up October 4, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Actually, the class of 2011 was the biggest graduating class in recent concord history. 365 outta 380 graduated. Suck on that haters

129 Jason October 4, 2011 at 8:31 AM

More justification of my kids going to private school.
Ahhh, thank you Lord.

130 As Usual... October 4, 2011 at 9:28 AM

…we are blaming schools for not doing enough for our kids, when it’s parents that are the ones that should be taking care of their children!

No school/teacher can enact change in the short period of time they have with students, not to mention the fact that they have hundreds of kids to deal with at the same time.

Time to start holding parents responsible for their minor’s actions.

131 Isn't that funny October 4, 2011 at 9:40 AM

So you say close the school?

Where are all the students that are currently attending that high school going to get then? That’s right, to your precious “good” schools, where all your “good students” are. But judging from what most of you believe, the troublemakers corrupt all the goodies, so you can say goodbye to your “good schools” and “good students”. Oh and what about all the teachers, administrators, and staff, where are they going to go? Unemployed and living off YOUR tax dollars, until they can find another position! Isn’t that great? :) And considering California’s unemployment rate, I couldn’t think of a better idea!

Grow up and open your eyes. Closing down a school just creates more problems.

Oh and to the ones talking about how the administration and districts need to “make changes”, how about you stop being idiots? You can’t just elect someone and expect immediate change, the world and especially our country, doesn’t work that way. Change occurs only if we fight for it and are persistent. And judging from the majority of you, you’re not persistent, have no perseverance, hate your jobs and quite possibly your lives, and bide your time on a small, local internet blog, that allows you to complain about all the things you THINK are wrong in this world, while of course giving advice on how you think they should be resolved, with no real consideration on how to actually make your dreams become reality.

Seriously, how about you so called “Good Citizens” stop acting like you care. You’re just finding something to complain about because that’s probably the only place you find joy in your pathetic, suburban lives.

132 Kellie Morales October 4, 2011 at 9:51 AM

@ JB – BEAUTIFULLY written!

@ 61 – Your information is wrong! Nobody was arreseted! It’s lies like this that feeds the hysteria that surronds our school.

133 DoReMi October 4, 2011 at 9:58 AM

@ IGNORANCE #115:

Thank you for setting us straight with this caveat:

You cannot blame us for our opinions when we are hated to our faces by teen punks. I cannot count the times I or my husband have been waylaid by hating teenagers walking as slow as possible in the crosswalks so as to prevent traffic from proceeding during commute hours. Also, I have refrained from walking in the vicinity of this school because of the hate from teens.

Now that I know most of the kids are sent there because it is the catchall for ill tempered teens…I will avoid them with confidence.

Congratutlations on your success and I wish you the best at UCSC.

134 DoReMi October 4, 2011 at 10:01 AM

JB: The best way to imporve our schools is to have parents pay more attention to their kids and keep them under voice command. That way they will be accustomed to sitting still during school hours and maybe even learn something.

It begins in the home. I will take it a step further. It begins in infancy. Concentration/observation skills begin at a very early age.

135 Be Realistic About It October 4, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Well, said JB #131.

To those of you who want to blame MDUSD for the problems at Mt. Diablo HS, are you willing to give credit to MDUSD for Northgate High School’s API score of 830?

The schools are both reflections of the community around them. There’s no reason to blame the principal and teachers or the school district for many of Mt. D’s problems. They are the problems of the community it draws from. The school district and its employees don’t have a magic wand they can wave over the school and make all of the ills of society disappear.

It’s unfair to stereotype every student that goes to Mt. D or every teacher who works there. As JB so eloquently pointed out, there are many Mt. Diablo students who go on to college and lead productive lives, as well as many wonderful teachers who willingly work there. Just a week or so ago a Contra Costa Times article profiled a Mt. Diablo teacher who was doing amazing things for the students of Mt. D. He started a performing arts academy at Mt. D. He’s working with the school and district to develop innovative curriculum. He’s teaching the students how to work within the system to achieve the changes they want to see. He didn’t sound like someone who was terrified to go to work every day or was counting the hours until he could transfer out. He was a dedicated teacher working hard to educate his students.

136 CJ October 4, 2011 at 10:47 AM

I just want to point out that I will usually skim over comments that are long-winded like that of JB. However, JB’s comment was so well written and well reasoned that I read it word for word. For all of you young people (and unfortunately some adults) who post gibberish and then get offended when someone assumes you are ignorant, please take your time when you post. Proof read before you hit “submit”. If you really aren’t capable of forming complete sentences or using punctuation, ask someone who is capable to proof read for you. “Grammar nazis” exist at every level of employment in the real world, so get used to it. If you are unable or unwilling to take the time to post your thoughts in a clear, concise and cogent manner, you lose credibility. I have no dog in this fight; but I refuse to spend my time reading input from any individual who is unable or unwilling to put in the effort .

137 Dear Megan October 4, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Dear Megan.
I counted 31 grammatical errors in your posting. If you are going to make a point about Mt Diablo HS being so good, it would be nice if you spelled some words correctly.
here are some of your spellings,

people= peopole
think-thrink
didn’t=dident
wasn’t=wasent
people=peopole

There are many more. If you want to make a point try to plan ahead, check spelling and make it brief, rants are not read by many.

138 maga October 4, 2011 at 11:27 AM

what they should have done is close down mount instead of holbrook or glenbrook.

139 Gino Pichhi October 4, 2011 at 12:00 PM

It is 100%, the parents fault. Parents of today, are afraid of whom they give birth to. Given today’s non existent gap between the lines that separate adults from children, I say juvenile and adults should be prosecuted identically, given they are on the second or greater strike. I will give the benefit of the doubt to every one, in that everyone is not perfect and deserves a first time kick in the pants or slap on the hand so to say. The whole topic is a big circle which involves not only the parent, but why the parents are whom the parent has become over the past decades. Some call it trickle up poverty, some call trickle down economics, some call in self entitlement theory, some call it what ever. The fact is that the parent must want to make a difference and that is where it must start.

140 TEACHERS!!!! October 4, 2011 at 12:06 PM

1. If you are afraid for your life or physical/sexual safety, you would not be going to work! If the threat is legit, and you are still going to work, YOU ARE STUPID!!!! I mean Jesus, you wouldn’t walk through a dark, dangerous alley at night. Don’t go there if it’s actually dangerous.I teach in Alt ed. with actual troubled kids and if I ever thought I was in danger, I would not go. Don’t be an idiot.

2. Call the union. It’s illegal if you are in danger. Duh. Go around the admin.

3. If you fear the kids at your school, don’t teach there!!! This is not hard math. They are eating you alive BECAUSE of your fear. They have you on the run and are pulling your strings.

4. Do you actually think you will be able to teach kids you don’t even LIKE? They know you don’t like them and repay you in kind. It is disgusting to me that there are teachers who would take a job with kids they don’t like and expect success.

5. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT OR SHUT THE HELL UP!!!! You don’t get it both ways.

141 MDHS Student October 4, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Like Mt. is the only school that has fights. Concord High School had a fight last years which INVLOVED a administrator. SHE GOT HER AS BEAT!!!!!! WHY TALK ABOUT MT. ONLY!!!!!!!!!! Every school has problems but idiot people don’t like to admit it. (TEACHERS WHO TALK)

142 MDHS Student's October 4, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Keep talking we will always defend our school. Have you notice I am not the only student sticking up for our school………
GO MT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

143 Nameless Sub October 4, 2011 at 1:23 PM

I subbed at Mount in 2010. Most of the day went fine and the kids were mouthy but it was nothing I couldn’t deal with (As a High School Sub you learn that giving a little back and joking with them makes a more successful day than trying to fight against them). During one of the class periods a girl showed up halfway through the period tardy and reeking of pot. I sent her to the office with the corrected attendance hoping that the office staff and administrators would do something about it when she arrived and she came back a few minutes later still reeking. No one had even bothered to question her. After the class had left it was lunch so I went to the office and reported the problem but they said there was nothing they could do without proof. I was infuriated with the lack of discipline at that school. You can see it reflected in the classrooms where students have damaged or destroyed fixtures and desks including heaters. In the classroom I was in, the teacher’s desk was so disorganized it was difficult to find sub plans and in fact all I found was a DVD with a sticky on it labeled “sub”. The teacher assigned them to watch a movie which had no relevance to any English curriculum that I have seen, the equipment barely worked, and the remote had been stolen. How can the students show respect or have pride in their school if their teachers do not? I haven’t been back to Mount since then, not because my day was so awful, but because I have other choices and other sub jobs are more appealing than that depressing place.

144 Hey, MDHS Students! October 4, 2011 at 1:30 PM

If you don’t like what people say or believe about your school, clean it up. Stop the gangs, drugs, hatred. Your teachers and school administrators are not going to do anything. You have a student body organization, use that set standards and organize and make your school a peaceful and drug free area. I bet the students can do a lot better job than the district admins.

Just do it…

145 What I have noticed... October 4, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Is that there are many teachers AND students posting during school hours. You both have better thing to attend to! You say you want to teach, then teach! You say you want to learn, go learn! See you back here after school dismisses for the day.

146 Snape October 4, 2011 at 1:55 PM

All I have to say is that if you guys still need more proof that Mt. is an amazingly awesome school, come to Mt. and look around. You will not see a fight while you are there. Instead you will see a school where students go to learn and the teachers that make that possible.

All these negative comments really hurt me and also our community. You say that Mt. is a “bad” school, but that is only what a few of you guys think. How many people have come here to defend it? Many. A school is part of a community, thus implying that Mt. is part of our community. So if Mt. is part of my community I will try to defend it since it’s a part of me and of my community. This thus says that I will try to make Mt. the very best that I can.

If you guys would excuse me now, I have to go tutor some kids from Mt. now. They are my kids that I like a lot, and I will do anything to help them.

Including showing you guys that Mt is AWESOME!

147 Mick October 4, 2011 at 2:08 PM

@147; We don’t like what people say, true. But that’s because we believe our school is just like any other high school, and had first-hand experience of how amazing some of the teachers there really are. Everybody just seems to nitpick MDHS, when in fact, the school is fine the way it is. I promise you, the reputation at Mt. is a myth. I agree, we have the power to fix what YOU adults think is “dangerous,” but we think otherwise. Maybe you adults should be more open-minded to the fact that it is, afterall, a high school. There are fights, gangs, drugs and hatred at EVERY high school, not just MDHS. If you think there’s a problem with all of this, then maybe you need to step up and do something about it rather than telling others to.

@148; Maybe it was lunch time for the teachers, or their break period. As for the students, some of them are alumni’s, meaning they’re probably in college now or maybe it was lunch/brunch time for the students. Maybe they have a free period due to having more than enough credits. Maybe they’re a teacher’s aide and they’re all done helping the teacher and have a bit of free time. By the way, Mayor approves the comments, so there’s no say on when they would be posted.

148 :) October 4, 2011 at 2:55 PM

@megan mishell maus

And what kind of work are you seeking now that you have graduated high school my dear? Or are you planning on something in higher education?

I trust you will find something suitable to your expectations.

First impressions are the most important and they generally cannot be changed. Everything you do tells others who and what you are. Be careful how you expose yourself in speech and in composition.

149 Disgusted and Unsurprised October 4, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Before the comments took some twists and turns, the original post was about how MDHS teachers feel unsafe because of a lack of disciplinary actions taken by administrators. Judging from the comments, Principal Kate McClatchy must be pleased that she’s succeeded in doing what she failed to do while at Olympic before her questionable promotion: dividing staff and students into factions of loyalists and non-conformists (meaning anyone who challenges or disagrees with her, who then suffer her wrath).

For context, when McClatchy was principal at Olympic, she annually fired vice principals as well as non-permanent teachers during her reign of terror. Meanwhile, students were free to do whatever they wanted – unless an incident directly involved her (in such cases, she tried to expel students but messed up the paperwork and then blamed a VP for it). After a devastating no-confidence vote by the Olympic and the Alliance program faculty (only two teachers had any confidence in McClatchy’s ability to do her job in a professional and legal manner), which was acknowledged as known by higher-level administrators, including Mildred Brown, McClatchy was inexplicably promoted to become principal at MDHS.

Now Mount has the same issues as Olympic did, with the same lack of curiosity and non-response of the district. Referrals disappear (look, no referrals!), no disciplinary situations are entered into the online discipline tracker (look, no fights!), preferential treatment is given to certain types of students, constant fights, and students are running the school – into the ground. Non-permanent teachers are being fired and administrators are being pushed out.

Meanwhile, McClatchy continues spewing her Marxist politics (ask her if she’s a Communist – she won’t deny it) – unfortunately, the Communist leader she seems to model her administrative style after is Joe Stalin. Even worse, McClatchy’s politics are layered on some sort of mental health challenge (the Alliance staff, mental health professionals, suspected it to be Asperger’s combined with a total lack of self-awareness).

As long as Comrade McClatchy is allowed to rule MDHS with her iron fists, the school and the surrounding community will continue to suffer. The sooner McClatchy’s illegal misdeeds are addressed and she is finally dismissed from her position and the district, the better it will be for all who are affected by the current mismanagement. The MDHS students and staff deserve better – and hopefully they will see regime change very soon.

150 Nicole October 4, 2011 at 4:53 PM

I go to Mt, and yes it isn’t the best school around and I would know because this is my first year at Mt. I live and was basicly raised in Bay Point. Yup, there are tons of “ghetto” people and gangs, but so are there in Concord…And Pittsburg, And Antioch. There is bad people every where. So all of you who are blaming all the problems at Mt on Bay Point students, you guys are wrong because that isn’t completely true. I am a good student and I don’t misbehave at all, and I can count more kids from Bay POint that do behave than I can count the ones who misbehave

151 MD Student October 4, 2011 at 5:18 PM

I am a current MD student and am very proud! all of you people that are hating on MT need to get a life and not just listen to the rumors of MT being a bad school!!! actually, kids who go to schools like MT have a better diversity of being around people from all cultures and backgrounds, unlike other schools full of racist immature kids who will not be ready for the real life(: thank you very much

152 Another MDHS Teacher October 4, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Well said Disgusted and Unsurprised!!

Many of us see the change. Meanwhile we are all scared to open our mouths or complain due to the politics surrounding this woman. Union and District are OFF-LIMITS!

No disrespect to the students that have posted here, but the original question involved teacher safety, not the quality of the school. I admit the school has many positives, but FAR MORE issues that need to be fixed.

I have said this previously, the school hasn’t carried a bad reputation for well over a decade for no reason.

153 @Disgusted and Unsurprised October 5, 2011 at 5:40 AM

@ Disgusted and Unsurprised,

Well said and spot on! Why were two well respected administrators at MDHS pushed out by Kate McClatchey? Why are the kids who commit violence on campus not punished? Why is there not a zero tolerance on school violence and gang issues?

Why was Kate McClatchey promoted to her position as principal at MDHS after a vote of no confidence by MOST teachers at Olympic HS? There is some serious incompetence going on at the district offices!

Meanwhile, our teachers, kids and Concord community is suffering!

Why is the district not listening to these pleas for help? Concord City Council, are you listening?

154 Andrew H October 5, 2011 at 6:27 PM

To Cherie Adcock

MDHS is the worst school in the district. The gang problems at the school is just one of many problems with the school. I am a student at Northgate HS. Not one student has brought a gun to school, and the first fight i’ve seen in my 3 years there occured today. We don’t have police officers assigned to our school. MDHS is a problem. Like someone else said, the property is on prime real estate, which could be sold for millions to help other schools that get higher test scores. That alone is a good reason to close it, not including gang problems, violence problems, and low test scores.

155 Lorie Johnson October 5, 2011 at 6:56 PM

I was directed to this article by my students who are deeply offended by it. I am a teacher at Mount Diablo High School. I love my job. Just for the record, I am not afraid of my students. Anytime this website mentions Mount Diablo High School, it is bashing it. I wish that those of you who work for this website would come visit my classroom. If you came to my classroom, you would meet over one hundred wonderful students who are engaged in their learning and are aspiring toward very bright futures. We absolutely have our challenges at Mount Diablo High School (as does every high school in California right now), but we also have successes. Why don’t you write an article about the increases in our STAR tests? Please keep in mind that students are following this story, and that the words of many adults are very hurtful to the kids.
Lorie Johnson
History Teacher
Mount Diablo High School
Go Red Devils!

156 TYP October 5, 2011 at 8:16 PM

@Andrew H

Your lack of intelligence and lack of research shows;it’s been years since anyone was found with an armed weapon at school, let alone a student. Next time you should probably consider checking your facts before you look like a complete tool.

Furthermore, I would like to raise the point that although Mt. Diablo’s test scores are lower than the all so holy and esteemed Northgate, our test scores have been steadily increasing every year, and at a rate higher than any other high school in the district. In addition to this, having received my education at this horrible school, I find it interesting I have a higher command of the English language and grammar than you currently possess. This should not be the case, however, since clearly you come from the superior school and are therefore superior, right?

Your understanding of how the school system allocates money is also heavily flawed; the school system awards money based on test scores and also student population/attendance. If you were to eliminate one high school in the district what is most likely to happen is that all of these so-called “problem children” would be scattered to the various other school systems around the district. If anything, receiving a few of our truant and stupid classmates isn’t going to benefit you…

Oh, and before I forget: you can’t sell property that does not belong to you; if the school is ever shut down the land becomes property of the Galindo family/trust once again. Therefore, shutting down the school and selling it for that prime real-estate isn’t going to benefit the schools, Andrew H.

I love how you try to argue your point with a vague understanding of how everything works; it reflects the majority of you twits who go to Northgate. Your willingness to cut the lowest school in the district also displays the elitist attitude the majority of you possess. While I’m sure that everything I say will go in one ear and out the other, I couldn’t but analytically demonstrate how you are an idiot. Anyways, ciao! ^_^

157 Realia October 6, 2011 at 5:56 AM

@159: A History teacher? More like a revisionist history teacher. You’re likely either a Probationary teacher, up for evaluation this year, or a brainwashed follower of Dear Leader. Just keep drinking Kate’s Kool-Aid.

158 In Agreement October 6, 2011 at 6:02 AM

Exactly, @ @Disgusted and Unsurprised. McClatchy shook the administrative tree (probably because they were actually trying to do their jobs) and Olympic got one of the apples. And considering what Mildred Browne has dumped on Olympic as her choice as a new principal, that school needs all the support it can get.

159 Observing this mess October 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Wow, Disgusted and Unsurprised 152. Maybe you’re the one with mental health challenges. Joseph Stalin? Marxism? Asperger? Clearly you are the one unable to control your emotions and are venturing off into the land of unreality. I’m glad you don’t teach at my child’s school. You are a terrible example for our children. Get a grip. Gross exageration and name-calling aren’t going to get you anywhere. You’re lucky you don’t work for me. I’d have a problem with you, too. Speaking of socialism, you have a government job and a union contract that makes it impossible to fire no matter how lousy you are at your job or how disrepectful you are to your supervisors . Pot calling the kettle black?

160 FAVIO B WOLF October 6, 2011 at 4:19 PM

hi evrybody im favio and i go here to mount diablo high school, i like marie and i think u guys are rude for tha comments mount is a good school

161 Kerry hansing October 6, 2011 at 10:01 PM

!64 messages-Let me summarize what I feel I read! Adults who work at Mt. are afraid, Students who attend Mt. Defend it, Concord Community members think BayPoint is a ghetto, Older people who call themselves adults think parents are responsible (oops irresponsible) for their children’s behavior/ill behavior (there is no spell check for what I write in this box),

I have worked at Mt. Diablo High School for the last 31 years. I retired in 2004 and come back every fall to do a statewide testing of our second language learners. I want to say that this years students are writing at a higher level than ever before.

The dedication of the ELL teachers is evident in their students ability to read, write, speak, and listen to English. Those students who are not achieving at the rate we would like to see are unable to get their homework done as they are working long hours to support their families.

I did not retire because I was afraid, I have never been afraid of the students at Mt. Diablo and I am still not afraid at 65 years of age. I smile a lot at school. I love those kids that you are afraid of-they are real people and want someone to listen to them.

Some of you on this blog weren’t listening to the students who were defending their school. I can’t help but feel sad for them that they feel they have to defend their high school.

Today while out pulling kids from class to come to the library for testing I stopped two students out in the hallway during classtime. “Where are you supposed to be?”

The young man pointed to the nearest classroom door and said, “I’ve got a problem and we are talking about it.”

I asked the young lady where she was supposed to be and she said, In class down the hall.”

“You should be in class then”, was my response.

The young man said to me, “She is my cousin and I need to talk to someone, my father is in prison and I have a problem and who am I supposed to talk to if I can’t talk to family?”

I put my hand on his shoulder and said, “You are right.” I left them talking in the hallway. They are children dealing with grown up issues. How can you go to class and learn if you are dealing with such things with no one to talk to? What a burden those two are sharing without the wisdom of age. He apologized to me saying, “I’m sorry I didn’t mean to be disrespectful.” Are you kidding me? He was hurting and he apologized to me! There was no way I was sending those two back to class. They would go when they were darn good and ready.

I worked at one time in the bookroom and the library. I signed forms to check students out of Mt. to private schools because they were being expelled. You really think those private schools are safer? Expulsion hearings cover a multitude of behavior violations and every school and district has them. A student who is angry and wants to find trouble can even at Northgate. If they can’t find it they create it.

The person who said they should close Mt. instead of Glenbrook and Holbrook??? Where did those students matriculate to their 9th grade year? OH, MDHS! Right!

Eleven years ago I moved to West Pittsburg/Bay Point. Mt. Students are my neighbors. They have parents, they have chores, they have expectations, they like music, they like movies, they eat better than the kids who live on fast food and who says their parents don’t care? The question is do they have time to act on how much they care? They would love for their children to go to school in their own neighborhood and not be bused over the hill. It’s eight miles away from home. Have you looked at the “Student Parking Lot”? Every year there are fewer cars in that lot.

Cherie Adcock-You tell them all! Those students are your heart and soul and they need you. Once a Red Devil Always a Red Devil.

If Mt. Diablo was so bad why would graduates come back to teach at Mt? A Valedictorian and National Merit Winner both came back to teach and there are others here. The staff I worked with is almost gone they have all retired or moved on to get paid benefits for their families in other districts. They have been replaced by familiar faces-former graduates.

All of you who are criticizing the MDUSD Administration and MT’s I have a question for you. Do you always agree with your boss? I didn’t but I never did anything to get in the way of their doing their job. I didn’t bash them behind their backs. If I had a problem I wrote it down and then sent it to them and only then did I make an appointment to discuss it bringing a copy of what I previously sent them. I wrote 9 referrals in 24 years.

I managed my own discipline, I met students with a smile and a welcome as they entered my room and I listened. I also had expectations regardless of their ability to learn. Not everyone is capable of learning to spell, read, write or sit for long periods of time.

A team of three-four of us have tested almost 400 students in the last three and a half weeks. We have had nothing but cooperation from the teachers, students, and staff members.

Remember budget cuts are real in the schools. The clerical staff, custodial staff, and classroom assitants have had their hours cut drastically over the past few years. If you want to discipline a student the paperwork is monumental to meet all the standards protecting students rights. Staff members are protected by the negotiated rules of their unions. I have seen teachers, clerical, custodial, and administraters lose their jobs at Mt. because someone was willing to take the steps necessary to relieve them of their jobs. So don’t blame the union for Mt.’s perceived problems.

I think the lady who is worried about being raped needs to see a professional. She also needs to request reasignment to another school with the district because of her fears. She should notify her union as well and have them work on it. the writer who said it was affecting her performance in the classroom with her students was absolutely right.

If the Northgate student were to think about closing Mt. and the impact on his school that would bring he might want to change his mind. We in Bay Point and West Pittsburg have a direct route to Northgate over Bailey Road. That would be the closest school. Concord high is full and would have to absorb the Concord students. Is that what you really want?

Go Red Devils……The Summit is Our Goal

162 @165 October 7, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Hat’s off to you. One of the earlier posts had a very valid point. There are students reading these blogs. Please be respectful when posting. #165 sounds like a wonderful person, the type of teacher that students will remember with love and appreciation their entire lives. We need MORE teachers like this – intelligent and compassionate – who genuinely care about their students.

As for the posters who blame behavior on the parents, sometimes it IS the parents’ fault, sometimes not. You can have two great parents and their child may get involved with the wrong peers, experiment with drugs, etc. You can have awful parents and their child may go on to succeed (in order to get as far away from that environment as possible).

As for the bigots, shame on you. Please check the latest DNA research. We ALL originated from the same person (Africa – Lucy). We are the SAME – human beings.

163 stereotyped October 9, 2011 at 5:48 PM

completely shocked by the comments being left here. The majority of remarks being left are blaming students who live from bay point and Pittsburgh. I spent my high school years living at bay point and attending mount diablo. a school i love. The teachers and peers i met inspired me to become the young man i am now. Am i a hoodlum selling drugs and robbing people. No. I am proud of where i came from and the people who helped shape me. Negative influences come from discouraging outside forces such as parents who have unruly children and blame their classmates instead of their parenting skills. I pity you and your single sighted attitude.

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