Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Roseville Teacher Makes a Good Point

Hi All!

I received an anonymous comment on one of my posts about Mike Lemay and even though it is already on the blog, many don't read the comments.

I think it makes an overlooked point that is worth reprinting here on "The Front Page".

"As a Roseville Area High School teacher who had Mike in class and knows he is an easy-going kid who would never in a million years mean to kill someone, I appreciate your comments. I also appreciate that you would take the time to write a letter expressing your opinions to Susan Gaertner.

A question I haven't seen come up yet - although I didn't hear the KSTP radio show you referenced - why are the St. Paul police allowing 100 teenagers (some of whom were using alcohol and drugs) to party at Como Park at 11:30 p.m. in the first place? The police had spoken with the group earlier in the evening, so were aware of the very large party going on. The park apparently closes at 11:00. The police should have been there at 11:01 to send the kids on their way. Granted, this unfortunate incident could have happened at any time, any place, but our students routinely go to this fire pit to party (in fact, the seniors gathered there into the wee hours the week before), and are well aware they will be allowed to do so without the party being broken up. Can't we make it more challenging for groups of 100 teenagers to gather IN PUBLIC to drink and smoke?"

Good question.



Blogger ToeKnee said...

We used to have Park Police, but they got axed in the budget a few years ago. Saint Paul cops are spread too thin to go chasing kids through parks. I hope they bring back the Park Police in Saint Paul.

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