In Pat’s opinion on TSD1 statistics
I am not the spokesperson for Trinidad School District No. 1 (TSD1) and this is my opinion and mine alone.
On June 12, 2019 I sent in a request to TSD1 to provide data on bullying, marijuana and vaping. Five and a half months later I finally got a response to part of my concerns.
It alarms me that some of the figures given to me and other Board of Education members, at least to me, validate my concerns. The figures come from bullying grants for three schools in our district.
I will only highlight some of the figures.
Elkhart Elementary School:
• 1st graders who’ve been bullied 78%.
• Kindergarten students who’ve been bullied 42%. No dates on data.
Fishers Peak Elementary school results provided were incomplete and not readable and I have requested complete data be provided. However no student survey was done, why not?
Trinidad Middle School,176 students reporting, dated May 24, 2018. 61% of the respondents believed that disrespect was a serious problem, and 43% of the respondents reported being disrespected.
Disrespect mainly takes place in the classroom and hall/stairs.
Trinidad Middle School (TMS), 186 students reporting, dated 2019.
Question 3: In the last two months, how often have you been the target of bullying?
Answer choices: – Never. – Once. – Once a week. – More than once a week.
Location of bullying: mostly classroom and hallway or stairwell. Looking at the last three percentages for for TMS, the total comes to 31.72% of students being bullied within a two month period.
It’s alarming that 12 students reported once a week and eight said more than once a week. It seems some students are being bullied regularly and quite often.
The district has a no tolerance policy for bullying. They have to enforce it and hold those accountable for it not being enforced. It’s well over due.
~ Patrick Sandoval,