GotNews.com has already noted how violent a place Ferguson, MO is.
Now we will examine Normandy High School, the second most violent high school in Missouri.
Michael Brown attended one of the most violent high schools in all of St. Louis and, if the New York Times is to believed, he made that choice voluntarily.
Buried in yesterday’s controversial New York Times’ “no angel” article was that the eighteen year old appears to have chosen to attended Normandy High School:
In the ninth grade at McCluer High School in Florissant, Brown was accused of stealing an iPod. His mother said she went to the school, eventually showing a receipt to prove the iPod was his. He left McCluer and went to two other high schools before going to Normandy for most of his final two years.
When his mother moved out of the Normandy District, he moved in with his paternal grandmother so he could remain at that school. But he continued to alternate between his parents and maternal grandmother. [Emphasis added]
Left unexplored in the Times story is why Michael Brown attended two other high schools or why he seems to have attended Normandy High School by choice.
— Joel D. Anderson (@byjoelanderson) August 23, 2014
Indeed, St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote an article titled “Normandy High: The most dangerous school in the area” that laid out just how violent Brown’s high school is.
A few line are illustrative and liter 2013 piece. Simply put, Normandy High is hellish.
“Fights can erupt multiples times a day”
“‘[Normandy High School] is not a safe environment.'”
“In 2012, the school reported 285 discipline incidents — such as assaults, drugs and weapons — that resulted in out-of-school suspension, a rate of more than one for every four students, the highest among high schools in the region.”
“…only one other high school in a Missouri school district — Kansas City’s Central Academy of Academic Excellence — was found to have a reported a higher rate of incidents in 2012.”
The article goes on to list some of the more serious incidents.
By and large, the problems at Normandy High involve arsons and fights with minor injuries. There are a few exceptions:
• On March 12, four males — three of them Normandy High School students — were arrested after a parent saw them exchanging guns in the school parking lot.
• On Dec. 26, a 19-year-old was hospitalized after being hit in the head with a gun in Viking Hall during the Normandy Holiday Basketball Tournament, according to the Northeast Fire Protection District.
• On Oct. 21, 2011, Damontae Woods, 18, suffered a heart rupture in an encounter with security officer James Walls after Woods was caught loitering in the hallway and being late to class, officials said. Woods is now awaiting a heart transplant, said his attorney, Bob Herman.
The last incident was one of several both at the Normandy high school and middle school in which security guards have been accused in lawsuits of assaulting students.
On some days at the high school, as many as five fights break out in hallways and classrooms, according to students and teachers. Even an incident of horseplay has been deadly. On April 11, freshman Marquez Oliver died after a classmate punched him in the chest and sent him into cardiac arrest.
“We had no incidents today,” Nicholas said, watching through the windows of the principal’s office as students left the six buildings that make up the Normandy High School campus. “I consider that a great day for us.”
Nicholas said his requests that the district hire additional security guards were never granted. By April 1, police and fire crews were called to Normandy High School 83 times this school year, according to the incident log provided by the school district.
Most interestingly of all is that while many parents “claimed residency elsewhere, even moved out of state, to transfer their children to other schools,” Brown stayed even when he could have attender another, less violent school given that his mother moved.
Indeed, enrollment at Normandy High School “has dropped.. to 805 students, from a reported 1,205 in September” but Brown chose to enroll.
Brown’s enrollment there suggests two things:
1) Despite her protestations to the contrary of loving her “gentle giant,” Brown’s mother did not want to live with her son. Brown did, after all, live with his grandparents.
2) Or that Brown liked attending Normandy. And why not? He was 300 lbs and knew how to handle himself. Nobody would beat him up. More likely, given the strong arm robbery of the shop keeper, he could use his physical size to intimidate other students.
The only way to know for certain is to release Brown’s juvenile arrest records and perhaps his school records as well. How likely is it that Brown didn’t have a report filed against him in a school where one in four do?
That desire to know the truth is precisely why Got News has sued. We seek to dispel the rumors and to answer once and for all the questions that the news media out to have been answering for we the people.
Or perhaps we’d prefer the fiction that “pride” is what’s missing in the inner city?
Our national media seems to think so.
Outside Normandy High School, where Michael Brown attended pic.twitter.com/h7w00JDYgs
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 23, 2014
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