A Blow to the Image

I received this e-mail today. I’m leaving off the name because I don’t think the writer meant to go public with it. Disregard the grammar and the all caps (the Internet
equivalent of shouting) for a moment, I believe the concerns are legitimate.

IM CONCERN ABOUT THE INFORMATION YOU ARE SAYING ABOUT THE SCHOOL,I AM A STUDENT AT BREMERTON HIGH SCHOOL LET ME TELL YOU THIS OUR SCHOOL IS NOT JUST THE ONLY ONE THAT SELL DRUGS OR WEAPONS, I KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE IN A DIFFERENT SCHOOL DISTRICT WHO IS ALWAYS SELLING AT AT THE SCHOOL OR OFF SCHOOL PROPERTY.WE HAD SEVERAL TEACHER ALMOST IN TEARS WHEN THEY FOUND OUT THAT SEVERAL OF THEIR STUDENTS WERE ARRESTED. I JUST WANT TO LET YOU AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITYKNOW THAT BREMERTON HIGH IS A VERY GOOD SCHOOL AND THE STAFF ARE ALWAYS CONCERN ABOUT THE SAFTEY OF THEIR STUDENTS.JUST REMEMBER THAT EVERYONE MAKES A MISTAKES, THIS WAS OURS……..

I don’t think anything that’s been written has been improper at all. The facts are what they are. There was a pretty big drug bust at Bremerton High School. People have had a chance to react and some of the feedback has been unpleasant. Perhaps it should be.

However, a single incident like this tends to tarnish, often unfairly, a school’s reputation. There is good news to be had at Bremerton High School, and we’ve reported it. The fact that there was a single drug bust is not necessarily a reflection on the caring or quality of the staff or parents or peers there.

This isn’t a defense of the school or the kids or their parents either. Obviously, someone wasn’t looking in the right place.

The point is, there’s obviously more to the story, and we plan to address it. The writer’s comment that BHS is not the only school where drugs and weapons are sold (By the way, the weapons weren’t sold at BHS or during school hours.) is lamentably true. We plan to illustrate how true in the future.

Also, there was a bomb threat at Bremerton Junior High Friday. A student was arrested.

11 thoughts on “A Blow to the Image

  1. If that student’s writing ability is indicative in any way of the level of education he/she is getting at Bremerton High, I simply won’t be sending my sons there. That is appalling.

  2. …the feasibility of the City annexing Nascar or the feasibility of the City helping to improve City schools…priorities Mr. Bozeman, priorities.

  3. Phillip … The student’s writing ability looks about the same as a women I know with a PhD – and she can’t spell wither.
    Had her parents picked schools with the emphasis on writing over content… this 50 something woman would probably still be there… jat
    Sharon O’Hara

  4. Actually I am quite impressed Phil . He has ownership of his school . Call it school pride or whatever , many kids and many school do not have that anymore . I think that is a good thing . The gangs have pride , its about time we support things that are positive for kids to be proud about ? You can tell he does not like the drugs and weapons ..

  5. Well, obviously that student’s writing is not necessarily indicative of Bremerton High’s education; really, the ideas that the student expressed are in this instance much more relevant than their grammar or spelling acumen. Besides, some students just struggle with writing; that doesn’t necessarily mean that the education they’re receiving is insufficient. I don’t see how bringing that up was really relevant to this blog post anyway.

  6. Nothing against Bremerton High or whatever I’ve got a lot of friends that go there. But don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. No person or school is perfect, but it looks like Bremerton is just gonna have to take the wrap for the high school drug bust of the year. And hey, just think about it this way- if they didn’t want the rep they wouldn’t slang drugs and carry weapons to school. The people arrested asked for the attention & they got it. Society puts people in smaller and smaller boxes the more they cannot control themselves, thse people are fitting stereotypes and its the laws’ responsibility to punish them according to the stereotype they are choosing to participate in. Slanging drugs is a choice. Drugs do not belong in schools and all the teachers should be clapping these students have been arrested. It’s a drug-free zone at Bremerton just like every other school. Get used to it. Teachers should applaud that maybe this will be the one chance these kids have to turn themselves straight. Oh and p.s. I don’t think any teacher should be crying over a drug dealer whose potentially helped (by inceasing accessibility) in ruining another student’s life and future. Not to mention the possibility of life long addiction, or even worse over-dose.

  7. School Administrators and such always get so defensive when drugs are discovered . To me someone just uncovered something that is happening in one degree or another all over .

    Its not a Bremerton problem .. Its a societial problem .. All kids are at risk , this mentality that “bad” kids do drugs is just bogus ..

    All kids are prone to it … All are tempted , all have it around their circles or within their circles .

    Sometimes it appears to me administrators are more concerned about their image then then the kids .

  8. Drug use at Bremerton High School (BHS) is nothing new. I graduated in 1993 and issues surrounding the “Smoking Corner” were the same then as they are today. The level of education afforded to students at BHS then was mediocre and I highly doubt there have been any significant increases in educational instruction since. BHS drug issues are merely an extension of deeply seeded community issues which include; lack of community programs, lack of pride and esteem for education, and consistent cycles of welfare and prominent ideology of hopelessness. I would be surprised to find there wasn’t a drug problem at BHS. Resolutions to a drug free community must extend beyond the traditional verbiage, and include the implementation of community based programs and initiatives that offer hope for the future.

    I am highly discouraged that a principal would utilize “Knight Pride” as an anti-drug statement or method to dispel why drugs shouldn’t be utilized. My personal experience at BHS was not a positive one. I know other students who have been knighted, and were not based on administrative opposition. Knight Pride extends to the upper echelons of Bremerton society and for those select few; the experience is filled with the hope of a promising future. Sadly the majority of students are not groomed for life beyond the halls of BHS. Drug prevention at BHS will begin when Bremerton as a city steps up to the place and values each child, not just those from the higher echelons.

  9. I never thought I would say this, but the message the kid was sending was true…but, the spelling and grammer distracted me to no end. My nine year old can run circles around this high schooler’s english! I rarely run into kids that have any respect for their elders or others in general these days. So, I am not that surprised when I see this kind of crap going on in schools. Kids these days have no respect for themselves, much less the schools they go to. Drugs are everywhere. THAT’s a fact. It just so happens that this week, Bremerton H. is on the poop list. Who will it be next? CK? If we want to nip this problem, we have to come together as a community and stop pointing fingers at everyone but ourselves.

  10. “…BHS drug issues are merely an extension of deeply seeded community issues which include; lack of community programs, lack of pride and esteem for education, and consistent cycles of welfare and prominent ideology of hopelessness. I would be surprised to find there wasn’t a drug problem at BHS. Resolutions to a drug free community must extend beyond the traditional verbiage, and include the implementation of community based programs and initiatives that offer hope for the future…”
    ________________________
    Nowhere in your post do I find the parents mentioned….are they simply the victims of an indifferent community and faulty school system?

    Where do you come to the conclusion Bremerton does not value each child? What should ‘Bremerton’ be doing?
    How about the child accepting responsibility? And the parents… shouldn’t they accept some responsibility for poor behavior of the child?
    Who is supposed to prepare a student for a life beyond school?
    I’ve never known students such as you describe. The ones I’ve known had ideas of how they wanted to live their lives, and moved on to Olympic College, a trade school or other things.
    Sharon O’Hara

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