Posted by Kathy, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on May 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm
In case you current parents don't know, crimes committed by or directed at Palo Alto students are buried by the authorities and the parents. The essential idea is that college transcipts and future job resumes not be polluted with "difficult" items. Expunging attorneys do a good business in PA. PA parents think they can buy their way out of confronting their own kids.
Won't work, never has. PA parents can be very weak.
Posted by C, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on May 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm
About the streakers:
1) Not only girls run through campus, girls do too. Anyone can run as long as they wish to.
2) The school does try to stop it. They send golf carts and bikes after the students (if you're wondering what they do once caught, the administrators are equipped with towels. Streakers are told to change and then are brought up to the office to be suspended <--- unless they've changed procedure this year, I don't know).
3) Not all parents support it -- this is probably why the staff have to chase down the students in the first place.
Fantastic opinion piece by the Campanile, a year or two old though -- Web Link
Posted by SelfDefenseInstructor, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on May 25, 2012 at 9:59 am
I have said it before and I will say it again... If you haven't already taken a class/course in self-defense, please do. Better yet, take a martial art ongoing so you can keep your skills fresh. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]
Posted by Shame, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on May 25, 2012 at 11:08 am
Kathy is 100% correct about what happens in this city regarding the district, parents of an out of line kid, and coverups. Just ask any Mercury news reporter. Unless it's a lower income family, then the pendulum swings the other way. Please note: I said lower income. Meaning regardless of race. More, the district will go overboard covering their butt's when there's a bad teacher involved. This district could be great, but it's got some flaws it simply refuses to address. As to streaking...who cares? Kids have been doing it for many years at the end of the school year....it's symbolic of shedding school responsibilities. And, it's fun.
Posted by Observer, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood, on May 25, 2012 at 11:32 am
These two incidents are very serious and require the community where they may have taken place to treat them with care in order that the perpetrators are stopped. Making rash comments will not help. Yes, young people accused of crimes are protected legally from exposure. You would want the same for your own child if he or she was accused of a crime. It is difficult for the rest of the community to handle when we know of serious behavior but have no way of finding out who is behind it. How do you warn your child if you don't know who did it? But this is not a 'coverup', it is the law regarding minors accused of a crime. By the way, the privacy is also for the benefit of the victim, and for the accuser/witnesses. I've been very impressed lately with much of the work our police have done. Let's not savage their reputations here in order to blow off steam. Although it might make you feel good for a minute, it is bad for the community and makes you sound foolish.
Posted by former Paly parent, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on May 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm
I always heard Casty girls come over onto PALY campus once per year (not necessarily streaking, but dressed in some weird fashion, and chasing PALY students or some such) to do jokes on PALY students around this time -- and I also heard about streakers.
These things seem kind of like a tired joke by now rather than a "tradition" -- be careful what you idolize.
@Shame is correct...there is an appearance that wealthy, prominent parents (lawyers, whether practicing or not)have pull when their kids are concerned.
Posted by Duh, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on May 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm
"@Shame is correct...there is an appearance that wealthy, prominent parents (lawyers, whether practicing or not)have pull when their kids are concerned. "
I'd say not just the 'kids', but their entire family, including the parent's have pull.
Who are some of these posters on this site? I see intelligent people all day long in Palo Alto, minding their own business, are some of you just sitting by your computer instead of going outside and seeing the real world?
Why would a parent protect themselves, when they have the financial means, yet not their own children?