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No follow-up for racial taunting incident at BH-BL Six to 12 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake students chanted “Amsterico” to offend the largely Hispanic Amsterdam football team and community during BH-BL’s homecoming football game [Oct. 16 Gazette]. The derogatory term was meant to insult Amsterdam, but it only hurt BH-BL’s reputation. Now that the initial storm has blown over, things seem too quiet at school. From my perspective as a BH-BL freshman who wasn’t at the game, ...


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tonijean613
November 2, 2013
2:52 p.m.

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BRAVO Jacob Ettkin ! A leader in the making !!

wmarincic
November 2, 2013
3:16 p.m.

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Jacob Ettkin and tonijean. Those students are minors and it is illegal for the school to speak of whatever if any punishment they received. BTW this is still America and there is still the 1st amendment. I have children in the military and I have children that deployed to war zones. The Westboro Baptist Church protests at military funerals saying thy deserved to die. It is something that I find distasteful and I am part of the Patriot Guard Riders who block these protesters from the family of fallen heroes, but the Constitution gives them the right to peacefully protest and thousands of our military died for their right to protest. That is a line you do not want to cross regardless of how distasteful it is. On the bright side, thank you for writing a letter to the newspaper Jacob. I'm always glad when our younger generation get involved.

ChuckD
November 2, 2013
4:21 p.m.

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Hoo boy, it is NOT illegal for "the school to speak of whatever if any punishment they received". Cite the specific law please to prove me wrong.
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And you clearly don't see the hypocrisy in blocking another from exercising their first amendment rights. Whatever you may think of the church people (I happen to think their "expression" falls into the realm of mental illness), you may think your blocking of them falls under your first amendment rights, but your first amendment rights don't allow you to block another's. That's a kind of censorship, and that's unAmerican.

wmarincic
November 2, 2013
5:09 p.m.

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Well ChuckD, since you are very simple let me do the research for you.http://epic.org/privacy/education/school.html
Accessing Records-Third Parties

FERPA prohibits the dissemination of personal information to third parties in most circumstances, subject to several exceptions set out specifically in the act. These exceptions are narrowly interpreted. A notice of each request for access and each disclosure must be created and maintained with the student's record. Any disclosure must be made on the condition that the information will not be redisclosed unless it is authorized and will be used only for the purpose for which it was acquired.

ChuckD
November 2, 2013
6:19 p.m.

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And I stand gladly corrected, wmarincic, although the pertinent part of the Buckley Amendment can be found under "Records of Disciplinary Actions". Let that be a response to Mr. Etkkin as well, if he reads this.
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Also let the record also show you cited EPIC, a well-know liberal website, no doubt run by dirty, pot-smoking hippies. Just saying...

wmarincic
November 2, 2013
8:45 p.m.

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ChuckD, thank you for admitting I was correct for once, there may be hope for you after all. I do mean that. As for EPIC, no doubt :0)

sammey
November 3, 2013
9:25 a.m.

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The punishment should include the offending students (with their parents at their side !) standing before the entire student body, faculty and any taxpayers in attendance in the auditorium, or gym, apologizing individually for their offensive behavior--AND it should be repeated at the Amsterdam high school !

ChuckMitchell
November 3, 2013
11:38 a.m.

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It was just a few kids being smart a****. It is OVER-DONE, let it be! Some of you people sound like a broken record!

sammey
November 3, 2013
11:58 a.m.

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Your definition of being a smart a** is a bit different than mine. OVER-DONE say who, you? I know what my punishment would have been had I done this 55 years ago - would not have been pretty, either at school AND at home.

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