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Original post made on Feb 3, 2023

The video of the altercation outside of the Pleasanton Library on Jan. 19 between two Pleasanton Middle School students posted on social media showed a vicious attack, and caused fear and frustration throughout the community.

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Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Feb 3, 2023 at 10:06 am

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I thought this was Pleasanton! If students can't go to the bathroom without fearing that will be jumped, something is wrong and needs to be addressed immediately! The school district should have been on this issue much sooner. Get the trouble makers out of the schools!

Posted by Sharon P
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 3, 2023 at 10:09 am

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It is beyond my understanding how the school administration can be responsible for student behavior after they leave school property. Under what policy or law is it the school administrator's responsibility instead of law enforcement's when an incident happens off school property. The school administration can't cover the entire city. An assault is an assault no matter where it is committed or who commits it. I understand that children need to be given a chance at rehabilitation but this whole incident makes no sense to me.

Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 3, 2023 at 4:42 pm

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This isn’t new. Bullying and fights was rampant back in the late 90s when I was part of PUSD. I remember people going to the creek next to Amador to fight. The attitude of ‘this doesn’t happen here’ was quite popular then and may still be. I am curious how schools are responsible for kids when they leave school until they’re home. What about the kids that go to Starbucks, then stop by a store, then a friends house…all before arriving home. I know the library isn’t far from PMS, but it’s far enough that it’s not on the sidewalk outside school or even across the street where the senior community apartments are.

Posted by Mike
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 4, 2023 at 12:26 pm

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Bullying and fights in Pleasanton schools has been a problem forever. Parents turn a blind eye on their children doing the bullying. Schools ignore the problem even encourage the bullying until it escalates into a physical fight.
Often times the bully is being bullied or ignored by their parents or other family members and this is how they are seeking attention.
Pleasanton parents do a poor job of teaching why being a bully is wrong.
I went to Pleasanton schools between the1970s and 1980s when teachers even participated in the bullying of students.

Posted by Swagu
a resident of Avila
on Feb 6, 2023 at 9:53 pm

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Looks like the road rage I see driving around the east bay.

Posted by Ornithology
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2023 at 4:02 pm

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I sure hope the parents of everyone shown in that video will have a stern talk with their kids. NOT ONE of them jumped in to help a fellow student? Laughing? Very sad and upsetting. Our next generation needs to be better than that. God Help us

Posted by Mr. Julius
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 8, 2023 at 4:45 pm

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For those saying "bullying has always been a problem here" - were students always fearful of using the bathroom? Apparently lots of students go the full day without using the facilities, teachers don't break up fights, and consequences are laughed at.

Posted by Karl A
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2023 at 9:06 pm

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I can validate Mike’s comments with my own experiences at Amador as a freshman in the mid-70’s. Bullying me stopped when I got my growth spurt and was 6 ft 185 lbs as a sophomore.

To answer Mr. Julius’ question, yes kids were afraid to use the bathrooms as they were where the bullies waited to attack.

The one advantage today compared to then is bullying is not always hidden. The ubiquitous use of smart phones by kids who want to “share or post” the funny videos of kids beating the crap out of other kids in front of the library makes it easy to see what is going on. Not just the person doing the bullying but also the cruel cowards that just watch and or record the beatings.

Parents today have no excuse for not taking action for the sick actions of their children.

In addition, if it was my child being beaten like the one this story highlights, I would be suing every single child’s family, bully and watchers, the schools and the city.

I would also make sure the police took the strongest action possible to charge these kids with criminal charges.

It was nearly impossible for a parent and their victimized children to take action back in the 70’s because there was usually no evidence or no witnesses willing to speak up. And the general (wrong) attitude was kids will be kids.

What happened in front of the library was very wrong and every kid there and their parents should be held accountable.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 8, 2023 at 9:40 pm

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Teachers don’t break up fights because the min they do you’re sueing them for touching your kid.

Problem starts at home.

And while I agree with the person that said every kid that pulled out their phone to record should lose it for not using it to call for help, how is it different than any fight you witnessed as a youth?

Did you run and go get help? Did you jump in to break it up, or did you watch? I bet most fell into the later. Only difference is technology didn’t afford the armchair quarterbacking we get to do today.

So until we set expectations at home and start managing our kids behavior, don’t blame the schools. They’re their to teach, not parent

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