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October 19, 1994     Mercer Island Reporter
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I l s .._,,,(".F,amac .. n. TM ., .,..,, T.” _. , . ~1§vv¢avvesrre <<vv‘uuqm-«waenwsawovme mg-wgpnl"fi€t»fi®u@3§%¢k. A6 Mercer Island Reporter Wednesday, Ocrober 19, 1994 By Toby Therrien Mercer Island Reporter A 16-member group of officials from the Japanese prefecture of Ishikawa visited the King County I Youth Center in Seattle recently, i. then came to Mercer Island in the afternoon to hear from a wide range of city, school, and police , officials. One of the first observations _, seemed appropriate. “We got the impressmn this morning that the problems in Seattle are consider— able,” said an Ishikawa delegate. “Then we come to Mercer Island and get the impression that there are very few problems.” While the problems facing teenagers in Seattle might seem i more pressing, explained Mary Kay Morgan, the ones teenagers . face on Mercer Island are no less ‘ serious. “Our young people do have a 2 lot of very real problems that .. may not necessarily effect public ‘5 safety,” said Morgan, a counselor with Mercer Island’s Youth and Family Services. She then cited : depression, suicide and eating dis- ; orders as three examples. One message was clear — big problems usually start as smaller ones. Deal with the smaller prob- : Youth crime pre lems facing youths and the larger ones might be more manageable. And that’s exactly why the offi- cials visiting from Ishikawa were here, one man explained. “We have had an increase in violent crimes in J apan,” he said, “but we have the impression that it's not yet as bad as other places in the world. That's why we’ve come to this country, so we can try to improve our system.” MERCER ISLAND Public Safety Detective Jonathan Crane organized the group’s day-long visit with the intention of showing the different problems facing teenagers living in urban and sub- urban communities. From the King County Youth Center the group traveled to a Se— attle police precinct on Capitol Hill, where they met with officers from the division’s Juvenile, Gang and Crime Prevention units. “I brought them to Seattle hop- ing they would get a more realis— tic picture of an urban setting,” Crane said. “But we have so many elements of dealing with juvenile crime here on the Island that I thought they could learn from our problems, too.” School bus driver fired after incident By Chris Nor-red Mercer Island Reporter A Mercer Island school bus driver who allegedly told a racist joke to middle school students and cursed at children on her bus has been fired, according to school officials. The driver, Christina Webb, is a 1989 graduate of Mercer Island High School. The School Board approved her termination Oct. 13. She has been suspended without pay since mid~September. The driver could not be reached for comment. School bus drivers are repre- sented by the Mercer Island Edu- cation Association. The driver has a right to challenge the termina- tion through her labor union. As of Tuesday morning, the district ad- ministrators had received no , union challenge, according to Su- perintendent Dick Giger. “After our investigation, we concluded the driver’s miscon- duct was so serious and potential- ly harmful to children that suffi- cient cause existed for immediate termination of employment,” Giger told the School Board. The board voted unanimously to accept the superintendent’s recommendation. The termination arose after a parent called Islander Middle School on Sept 13 to complain that the bus driver had told a joke re- ferring to the sex organs of black men while middle school students were on the bus. The parent said she heard about the joke from her son, a middle school student. After call- ing the school, the mother also called a Seattle television news. 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The superintendent said the driver had no previous record of discipline and school officials had received no previous complaints. “As a district, we need to take a position of zero tolerance on any incidents related to protection of children,” Giger said. “The use of her language was unacceptable.” SYLVAN LEARNINg; ENTER ' Reading Bellevue/Factoria 641-7609 Better grade: are j art the beginning.“ Living services. a some: Sunrise is the nation’s lea vention: Sharing across cultures On Mercer Island the group heard from Mercer Island Public Safety Director Jan Deveny and Mayor Judy Clibborn, before lis- tening to Judy Smith, the princi- pal at Mercer Island High School. “This is an unusual high school,” she said. “Most of our students go on to college, but we still have problems in our school. “Some of our students use a1- cohol and other drugs, and this in terferes with their ability to learn. When these things happen, I be- lieve very strongly that the high school cannot work by itself to help these students.” And that’s where the Youth and Family Services comes in a place where parents, police, and city‘ officials converge to help troubled teens. “Our system is set up to hold the youth accountable and to see what problems may be causing the youth to offend,” said Mor- gan. “It seems to be very effec- tive with the casual offender.” H liSSfl Hlflfll nun HIDE BU] Fecgcl Our kids are giving us the new facts of life: Recycling is just the start of the cycle to help save the environment. Buying recycled products completes the loop. % That’s why we’ve mounted another “Get in the Loop” campaign to promote buying recycled products. We know it works. Last year, you responded by purchasing 39% more recycled products. % Look for products with green tags that say: “Get in the Loop—Buy Recycl at these stores and hundreds of. others. % So take a lesson from our kids. Get in the Loop. 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