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Re: “Party 2 Nite. R U Going?

"Poverty isn't the cause of crime. There is enormous poverty in India, for instance, and very little violent crime such as we have on our streets. Moral depravity and a violent thug culture are causes of crime." Buuuuuuuullllllllllllllsssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiittttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!
That's pretty much all there is to say about that. That comparison alone has shown me how clueless of a person you are. I agree, you should stop debating, especially when you pull statements like that out of your ass. This isn't India woman, (notice how I did not say bitch) and the situation there is drastically different. I could equally point out the excessive poverty that plagues Mexico City, and Mexico City has a very high crime rate, especially kidnappings. That is not because of a "thug" culture. But anyway, I should stop because you'll obviously never abolish your bias borderline racist views.

Posted by joe joe on 01/12/2008 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Party 2 Nite. R U Going?

I'm Sorry. I realized some of the personal coments were addressed incorrectly. But the people to whom they are addressed to know who they are.

Posted by joe joe on 01/09/2008 at 1:11 AM

Re: “Party 2 Nite. R U Going?

Your perception of Berkeley High is heavily misconstrued. As someone who has been a student there for the past three years, I can personally corroborate many of Water Safety's assertions. I want to make one thing extremely clear. Berkeley High is by NO MEANS a dangerous or threatening environment. It is a great school, which yes, like many schools, has its problems, but you are dragging its name through the mud based on a scarce few unrepresentatative and unfortunate events that have hit very close to home for you. For that, you have my deepest sympathies, but I do not appreciate nor in any way condone the border-line slanderous manner in which you have characterized my school and its hard working teachers. You speak of it as if robberies occur constantly in plain view of teachers and the teachers do nothing. This is simply not true. I do not know any teacher who would sit around and do nothing knowing that a student committed theft. Berkeley High teachers do not tolerate this kind of behavior, and your suggestion that they do based on personal anecdotes conveyed to you by Oakland teachers is frankly, quite a drastic stretch. You seem like an educated and well informed adult, and I would think that you of all people would know that Oakland schools differ greatly from Berkeley Schools. I cannot attest to what the Oakland school district does of does not tolerate, I can only assume that these Oakland teachers who tolerate theft and other criminal behavior must be in fear for their safety in order to fail to act in the presence of such blatant crimes. Berkeley High is another story. It is a beautiful school and in all the time I’ve been a student there, I have never heard of an assault or mugging on campus. If it has happened, it is a rare occurrence. Fights break out on occasion, but this is bound to happen in 3000 plus student school. Honestly, more fights used to break out at my middle school than at Berkeley High. As to the matter of thefts, I agree, it is a problem. But with the limited resources the school has, it is doing what it can. In classes (at least classes I have attended or hear of) most of the time things will not be stolen, unless you are in a very hectic class with little or no supervision. Since the school is doing what it can, it is not unreasonable to ask students to simply watch their belongings. Don’t leave your backpack sitting in the middle of campus unattended and expect no one to start going through it. To address the statement of needing to “placate” people and be cleverly cautious all the time in order to avoid trouble, I can only say this: how absurd a statement. This is not at all what Water Safety was saying. What he is saying is that it is quite clear which crowds not to get mixed in with if you are not looking for trouble. I can proudly say that I could walk through any part of the Berkeley High campus free on any fear of getting mugged or anything of the nature. Simply do not “start shit” with people you know could be potentially dangerous because of your own machismo or stupidity. I will not deny the fact that there are highly dangerous people who attend Berkeley High. However even these people don’t have the courage or ignorance to bring their heavily criminal infested activities to campus. In fact I assure you most of them probably don’t show up to school most of the time, and are, in the harsh reality of the matter, already lost causes. The culture that breeds these dangerous people does not stem from Berkeley High, nor does the Berkeley High culture nurture or encourage it in any way or form whatsoever. I agree that it is a problem, but it is one to be combated at its social roots, not through the out-of-control parties it manifests itself through. And I must say, you have to be eight different kinds of stupid to bring a PSP to a party, especially one you weren’t invited to. There is a fine like between accepting that muggings occur and not doing anything about them, and ignoring the fact that they WILL happen. I was taught from a very young age not to carry excessive amounts of cash or unnecessary valuables. This lesson still seems needed to be learned by some teenagers. All in all, I would ask you to reconsider your tainted view of Berkeley High and please stop misrepresenting it and giving it a bad name. In all honesty I am ashamed that someone as you would implement the base tactics and threats you have exhibited towards Water Safety, simply on account of a disagreement. I hope you take the comments of Berkeley High students to heart, seeing as they have the most accurate view of their own culture.

Posted by joe joe on 01/09/2008 at 12:54 AM

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