The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 6
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A6 SUNDAY, MAY 18, 1997 VIOLENCE THE SALINA JOURNAL ARMED AND DANGEROUS FROM PAGE A1 It's impossible to say definitively that the recent wave of shootings in Salina is gang related, Hill said, but ho does think they are related to drug dealing. "You really can't say that this is definitely a gang-related thing," Hill said. "If a person is in a gang, and he shoots at someone, is it gang related? It depends on your definition. I can say the majority of our violence is going to have some nexus with drugs." The arrests on North Seventh and North Eighth streets were mostly street- level dealers, Hill said. He's unapologetic to those who say such busts are a waste of time, that the truly "big" dealers get away. Street-level dealing "has an impact on the,whole city, in terms of public safety, fear,, the quality of life," he said. "These people are not only selling to people just in this area, but people are coming into the city to buy." \yhat concerns Hill even more is the foundation he and many others see as the root of the youth violence problem — no family supervision and contempt for society and rules. "Our society is producing an inordinate amount of young people without required skills to function in society," he said. "And they have contempt for customs, manners, rules and the law. It's amazing some of the young people that society is having to deal with." More of that violence is being reflected in schools as well, he said. Police have investigated assaults and attempted assaults by students on teachers in fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms. Through the drug wars Salina nightclub owner Anthony Spencer shares Hill's opinion and blames the drug element for harming his business, the Fastbreak club at 1056 E. Pacific. Spencer closed the nightclub May 3 after five years in business, and said he plans to go into the sales field. A March shooting at the club resulted in a Wichita man being charged with second-degree murder. The shooting hap- TACKLING YOUTH VIOLENCE In October 1996, the International Association of Chiefs of Police had a summit on Youth Violence in America. The summit devised many recommendations for responding to aggressive, violent and remorseless youth offenders, which included the following: • Increase services for troubled families and children. • Increase intervention in domestic violence situations by relevant agencies. • Encourage and support education classes to prevent teen pregnancy. • Establish local "delinquency councils" to foster community action on prevention. • Strengthen communication between schools, churches, law enforcement and community organizations to fight youth violence. • Expand community-neighborhood policing. • Augment or reprioritize law-enforcement resources to increase the number of school resource and DARE programs. • Expand the use of law officers in schools to enhance the range of nontraditional school services. • Establish school standards — uniforms, dress codes and zero tolerance for drugs and weapons. • Use school facilities as centers for community activity after school and during the summer. • Enact laws that give juvenile courts limited jurisdiction over parents, and hold them liable for criminal acts of their children, when appropriate. pened after two rival groups had been making gang hand signals at each other. At the club, Spencer played rap and rhythm-and-blues music. All were welcome, but the club drew a majority of young black adults and other minorities. And the young, he said, are susceptible when they see peers with big bank rolls, fancy jewelry and fancy cars. "I know guys, known drug dealers, who have been in my club with $4,000 and $5,000 in their pockets and complain about a $2 drink," Spencer said scornfully. "They think (it's glamorous) walking around with money, having a gun in their hand, threatening people." Rap videos on television propagate the message, he said. "Everyone's got a gun in their hand," he said of the videos. "And every time you look up, someone's killing somebody." More black role models, at home and in the community, are needed, Spencer said. "As parents, we've got to be a lot sterner," he said. "Kids think they're grown now. When I worked at Colortyme, I de- livered furniture once to a pair of 15- and 17-year-olds. They were working at McDonald's. What's that say for our future?" Gangs aren't black and white Steve Rivers could have gone the gangster route but chose instead to get an education. The assistant principal of Salina Central High School was born in South Carolina. He was raised by an aunt in Atlanta, where he experienced first-hand urban neighborhood violence resulting from drugs and gangs. "We're not saying we've got that kind of problem at all," Rivers said. "We're trying to cut off the problem before it becomes that serious." Salina's high schools have had students claim gang affiliations, he said. In one case at Central, there was a disciplinary hearing for a student who had repeatedly skipped school to hang out with buddies. Their "gang" initiation was going around letting the air out of car tires. It's not just minorities involved, Rivers said. "This isn't about race at all. You used to have black, white gangs. But you've got such a cross mixture now. Drugs and money are not a thing of color," he said. "You see all kinds anymore who run together." But whether or not they're just showing off for attention, a youth with a weapon is dangerous no matter what they call themselves, Rivers said. In his desk drawer, Rivers has an assortment of knives, chains and other potential weapons he's confiscated from students. Students have been disciplined for "flagging," for wearing apparel to suggest they're in a gang, Rivers said. School officials are also sensitive to symbols and words they may find carved on desks or etched onto notebooks and textbooks that seem to have gang significance. In one case, they banned a rock band's T-shirts — not because school officials disliked the band, Rivers said, but because the band's name, 311, had been associated elsewhere with gang activity. In another recent case, the Jewish symbol of the Star of David was removed from advertising for the school's production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" because gang awareness experts say the symbol has been used by the gang known as the Crips. Other items Central students aren't allowed to have include wallet chains, saggy clothes, rags or bandanas, beepers, hats and Dickies work clothes. Some may see such actions as censorship, but to school officials the issue is safety, he said. "We're not trying to infringe on anyone's rights or take anything away from kids," Rivers said. "We've been victims of our own hard work. We take a lot of flack for it, a lot of abuse, but we stay on top of it." Taking on the gangs Rivers is chairman of a recently formed Salina School District task force on identifying and preventing gang activity. Its ultimate purpose is to make recommendations to the school board on deterring gang-related crime before it starts. Besides school officials and students, the task force includes representatives from law enforcement, the Salina Ministerial Alliance, the Partnership for drug abuse prevention, and minority organizations. Two suggestions the committee might consider are having a security or so- called "resource officer" in some schools, Rivers said, and revising the student handbook to pledge that gang activity won't be tolerated. "We've never even mentioned the word or written it in our handbook," he said. Such measures can't make up for lack of family supervision, and schools can never be parents to youths, Rivers said. The best suggestion he can make for families is communicating — making time for family discussion at the dinner table, or whenever. "In my house, it (getting together for dinner) still happens as much as possible," said Rivers, who is married and has two children. "You have a lot of families these days going in so many different directions." Rivers said he's saddened when news of a crime or the arrest of a young person makes the newspaper and some peers don't seem affected. "It doesn't get their attention," he said. KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY REGISTRATION MAY 30 8 am -12 pm and 1-5 pm Enroll Now For Summer And Fall Classes 1/2 PRICE TYiition For Pre-Freshmen and Students 65 and Older For More Information Contact KWU 913-827-5541 or 1-800-874-1154 KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY SUMMER SESSION 1997 COURSE SCHEDULE LISTING Course Number & Tille Sec BIOL 220 Human Anat. & Physiology A Course Number & Tille Sec ACCT203 Financial Accounting A ACCT 204 Managerial Accounting A BUSA 301 Principles of Management A BUSA 338 Operations Management A BUSA 485 Special Topics: Acct Applic on Microcomp A Payroll B BUSA 555 Behavior in (lie Workplace A ECON 205 Princ of Macroeconomics A Course Number & Tille Sec CHEM 120 Introductory Chemistry A Course Number & Tille EDUC 244 Developmental Psychology EDUC 250 Educ. & Psychology of the Exceptional Individual EDUC 310 Instructional Technology EDUC 315 Educational Psychology EDUC 340 Child & Adolescent Lit. EDUC 350 Topics: Coaching Debate EDUC 360 History of Amer. Education EDUC 382 Praclicum in Reading EDUC 385 Reading in Content Area EDUC 601 Working Success w/ADD Stu. EDUC 602 Intro Integrating Technology EDUC 604 Curriculum Adaptation in the Content Area Course Number & Tille ENGL 120 Intro English Composition ENGL 121 Intermediate Engl. Comp. ENGL 125 Introduction to Literature ENGL 135 Intro to Creative Writing Course Number & Title HIST 105 World Civilization I HIST 106 World Civil II Course Number & Title HPER 1 14 Cone Wellness and Fitness Course Number & Tille NSCM 102 Environmental Awareness SSCI 301 Statistical Analysis Course Number & Tille SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish 1 SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II Course Number & Tille MATH 116 Intermediate Algebra MATH 120 College Algebra Course Number & Tille NURS 215 Readings in Nursing NURS 440 Clinical Elective in Nursing NURS 440L Clinical Elect, in Nurs. Lab !«#**• $20,00 Course Number & Tille PSYC 325 Abnormal Psychology Course Number & Tille REPH 1 1 1 Introduction to Ethics REPH 157 New Testament Survey Course Number & Tille SOCI100 Intro to Criminal Justice SOC1485 Special Topics: Introduction to Gangs Course Number & Tille Sec A A A A A A A A A A A Sec A A A A Sec A A Sec A A Sec A A A A g££ A A SEE A A A Sec. A Sj£ A A Sec A SCTH 100 Introduction to the Theatre A SCTH 130 Principles of Speech A SCTH 140 Speech and Drama Activities Lovewell Insli./C'reative Ar. A Coyote Debate Workshop B SCTH 350 Top in Speech, Coiiun., and Theatre: Loveweil A Coaching Debate B Biology Mrs Time Days 5.00 9:OOAM-12:OOPM -MTWRF- SH205 Business Administration and Accounting Mrs 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 2.00 1.00 3.00 3.00 Hrs 4.00 Hrs 3.00 3.00 2.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 Hrs 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 His 3.00 3.00 J Mrs i.oo 0.50 Hrs 3.00 3.00 Time 8:OOAM-10:OOAM 8:OOAM-10:OOAM 7:50-10:05PM 10:10AM-12:25PM Days -MTWRF-- -MTWRF-- --T-R-M--R-- By Arrangement By Arrangement By Arrangement 5:30- 7:45PM Time 1:00-3:OOPM By AIT. -T-R-Chemistry Days -MTWRF- Education Time 10:10AM-I2:10PM 1:00-3:OOPM 9:00-10:30AM 3:00-5:OOPM 5:30- 8:OOPM U 10:40AM-12:IOPM 10:40AM-12:10PM 9:00-10:30AM 8:OOAM-4:OOPM 8:OOAM-4:OOPM 8:OOAM- 4:OOPM Time 10:10AM-12:10PM 10.-10AM-12.-10PM 1:00-3:OOPM 7:00- 9:40PM Time 10:10AM-12:10PM 10:10AM-12:10PM Days -MTWRF- -MTWRF- -MTWRF- -MTWRF- -MTWR-- -MTWRF- -MTWRF- -MTWRF- -MTWR-- -MTWR-- -MTWR-- Engiish Days -MTWRF- -MTWRF- -MTWRF- -M-W— History Day; -MTWRF- -MTWRF- Room TBA TEA SH129 SH129 SH225 Room SH205 SH429 Room PH390 PH390 PH373 PH390 PH 390 SH229 PH373 PH390 SH229 SH218 SH211 Roorrj SH227 SH227 PH340 SH227 Room SHI 13 SHI 13 Health. Physical Education, and Recreation Time Days 6:00- 8:OOPM -MTWR-- TBA U-— Interdivisional/Divisional Room SHI 13 Tims 8:00-10:OOAM 8:00- 9:OOAM Hrs 4.00 4.00 Hrs 3.00 3.00 His; 1.0 2.00 3,00 His 3.00 His 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.0 His, 3.00 3.00 1.00-2.00 1.00 3.00 3.00 Tinjg 1:00-3:30PM 1:00-3:30PM Time 12:30- 2:451'M 5:30- 7:45 PM Payj -MTWRF- -MTWRF- Languages Days -MTWRF- -MTWRF- Mathematics Days -T-R-T-R- Nursing Days Tiine By Arrangement By Arrangement By Arrangement Psychology Time Days 10:10AM-12:10PM -MTWRF- Religion & Philosophy Timi; Days 10:10AM-12:10PM -MTWRF- 8:00-IO:OOAM -MTWRF- Socioiogy Time Days 1:00-3:OOPM -MTWRF- SH227 SH211 (Will also use SH 218) Room. SH225 SH225 Roorrj SH227 SH205 Room. Room SH229 Room SH229 SH225 Room SHI 13 6:00-8:15PM -T-R-- SH229 Speech. Communication, and Theatre Time Days Room 1:00-3:OOPM -MTWRF- SH 129 10:10AM-I2:IOPM -MTWRF- SH225 By Arrangement By Arrangement By Arrangement By Arrangement Instructor Opitz, W. Instructor Roth, F. Roth, F. Roth, F. Roth, F. Hull, K. Hull, K. Ahlvers, C Hull, K. Instructor Chiang Chiang Instructor Smith, B. . Drake Favre Drake Barrett-Jones Harmon, G. Staff Temple Temple Staff Staff Goofad High School 1 TV Room Staff SH227 SH229 Instructor Staff Staff Delap, J. Traxler Instructor Holland Spencer, H. Instructor Brewer, J. Christie, D. Instructor Neuburger, A LaClaire Instructor Diaz Diaz Instructor Pitts, Ken Pitts, Ken Instructor Kissell, P. Kissel), P. Kissell, P. Instructor Gillespie Instructor Bube MacLeiuian Instructor Burchill, J. Burchill, J. Instjuclor Marshall, E. Marshall, E. Spangler, D Harmon, G. Spangler, D Harmon, G. Notes Full 8 Weeks Notes 1st 4 Weeks 2nd 4 Weeks Full 8 Weeks Full 8 Weeks 6 Weeks; June 23-July 31 Full 8 Weeks Notes Lab by arr. Lab (Full 8 Weeks) Notes 1st 4 Weeks 1st 4 Weeks 1st 4 Weeks . 1st 4 Weeks 1st 4 Weeks July 27-August 1 1st 4 Weeks 2nd 4 Weeks 2nd 4 Weeks July 14,15,16,17 July 7,8,9,10 July 21,22,23,24 Notes 1st 4 Weeks 2nd 4 Weeks 1st 4 Weeks Full 8 Weeks Notes 1st 4 Weeks 2nd 4 Weeks Notes 1st 2 Weeks Only Notes 1st 4 Weeks Full 8 Weeks 1st 4 Weeks 2nd 4 Weeks Notes Full 8 Weeks Full 8 Weeks Notes By Appt. ByAppt. By Appt. 1st 4 Weeks Note; 2nd 4 Weeks 1st 4 Weeks Notes 1st 4 Weeks Full 8 Weeks Notes 1st 4 Weeks 2nd 4 Weeks July 13-August 3 July 27-August 1 July 7-AugusI 3 July 27-Augusl I

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