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Juggalo Gang fight at mt hope school


Schools please stop this juggalo gang problem.

One Mt. Hope High School student was rushed to the hospital and another was arrested following a fight after school on Thursday afternoon that touched off a torrent of reactions throughout the student body. The injured student is a member of a clique that identifies itself with a gang name, prompting some students to fear retaliation on Friday.

According to Bristol Police Lt. Steven Contente, two males were involved in a fight in the bus circle at Mt. Hope High School shortly after school let out.

“One of the boys was transported to the hospital with facial injuries and the other was taken to the station and will be referred to Family Court for assault,” Contente said.

The fight doesn’t end there. Students have created a frenzy on Facebook surrounding the fight and the student rushed to the hospital, who refers to himself as a “Juggalo,” a known name for devoted fans of the band Insane Clown Posse (ICP).

According to a number of students at Mt. Hope, the Juggalos are a group of students who hang out together and share a common music appreciation for ICP and wear black face paint on their lips and around their eyes, similar to the makeup worn by the band.

However, Juggalos across the nation have been making headlines as FBI-recognized gang members. According to a recent article by Rolling Stone Magazine, the 2011 FBI National Gang Threat Assessment announced that Juggalos are a newly recognized gang whose crimes are “sporadic, disorganized, individualistic” and involve “simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft and vandalism.”

One member of the group at Mt. Hope recently denied the rumors that he and his friends were a “gang.” On Facebook he wrote,

“I had someone tell me this morning I’m not a Juggalo and it’s not who I am well I’m sorry to the good friend who said this to me cuz I am a Juggalo and I’m down with the clown for life cuz I found my true family for life that always will have my back so f*** all you haters who can act like wiggers and preps but we can’t be who the f*** who we are and you wanna tell us we’re not Juggalos cuz to you people it’s a gang and your f****** wrong it’s a family and family lives forever WHOOP WHOOP!!!”

After the fight, Facebook exploded with status changes and comments from Mt. Hope students calling out the group of students.

“There’s probably only one in every 10 posts on my news feed right now that doesn’t have anything to do with the Juggalos,” one senior said, noting that most of the posts were either hateful or fearful of the Juggalos. “Some people are worried that the Juggalos are going to retaliate and some are ready to fight these kids.”

On Twitter, a Mt. Hope student with the username BruceyBYall115, wrote, “This juggalo shit is getting way out of hand,” and followed up with a second tweet saying, “I’m deff afraid to go to school tomorrow….”

But to other students and social media users who have been kept in the loop, fearing or hating the group of students is a joke.

On Twitter, user WakaFlockaJordn responded to the hype to say, “to all my friends in Bristol, In order to destroy the Juggalos you must lure them into traps with Faygo and ICP merch.”

One Mt. Hope senior said she doesn’t buy into the widespread rumors.

“This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of,” she said. “Seriously, I think the people that are talking about it are way worse than the people who are dressing like that. No one is going to do anything, and in a week it’ll be over.”

One parent, worried that bullying has not been properly addressed at Mt. Hope, said she knows some of the kids known as Juggalos and says they are the furthest thing from an organized gang.

“I know some of these kids and their parents,” she said. “They’re good kids. If anything, they’re the ones being picked on just because of the way they are dressed.”

For another parent, the stories being told are just too much to ignore.

“It is very unsettling to hear, because as a parent, you want to know that your kids are safe at school.”

Juggalette gang member suspended from school – well done


One Mt. Hope High School student’s parents are frustrated by the lack of communication from school administrators while their daughter is kicked out of school.

Parents of a suspended Mt. Hope High School student are outraged and confused by the way school officials have handled their daughter’s suspension and the recent “Juggalo” incident.

“We don’t even understand why she is being punished in the first place,” said Mark Andrade, the father of sophomore Desaray Skac, who was suspended from Mt. Hope High School last week.

According to Andrade and Desaray’s mother, Mary Skac, the school administration has left them in the dark as to why Desaray was suspended to begin with, nor why the suspension has been extended twice, to a total of seven days. Skac says the whirlwind of confusion began last Thursday, after she received a call about her daughter wearing clown-like makeup to school, followed by a fight involving her daughter’s boyfriend.

“The school made it sound like she wasn’t in any trouble,” Skac said.

On Thursday Skac received a voice message from Nat Squatrito, the school’s dean of students, notifying her that Desaray was in no trouble but that there was talk around the school of threats made by members of a clique that Desaray affiliates herself with, known as the Juggalos. He said Desaray’s belongings were searched but nothing was found and that Desaray was cooperative with officials and removed her face makeup.

No explanation for suspension

Skac says Squatrito called back after a fight broke out in the bus circle to inform her that Desaray had been suspended for three days and could not return to school until Wednesday, Nov. 9. Skac says Squatrito provided no information regarding the reason for the suspension.

“We didn’t understand because Desaray wasn’t involved in the fight,” she said. “She had been in the Dean’s office all day. She wasn’t even there when it happened. So we had no idea why she was getting suspended.”

The next day, Skac received another voice message notifying her that the principal, Donald Rebello, decided to extend Desaray’s suspension another three days, again not citing any specific infraction.

Parents say they can’t get answers

“I’ve called the school back numerous times and it seems like no one can give me an answer,” she says. “One person says call back after work, then no one answers. I finally spoke with another dean at the school and asked why they keep adding days to my daughter’s suspension and not to the other students, but he said he couldn’t discuss the cases of other students. No one can give me a straight answer.”

But on Monday, Skac hit her boiling point when she received yet another voice message stating that a reinstatement hearing was being organized for Desaray on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and that officials decided to, once again, extend her suspension.

“I’m just so confused,” she says. “My daughter has been suspended for seven days and I have no idea why.”

Andrade agrees, noting he is troubled by the contradicting voice messages.

“The first message says she’s not in any trouble,” he says. “Okay, so why was she suspended then? And why do they keep adding on days?”

Administration seems to violate student handbook

According to the Mt. Hope High School student handbook, there are 19 infractions that can result in a student’s suspension. Eleven of those can result in suspension of more than five days. The handbook also states students will be given an informal hearing prior to suspension and that administrators will notify parents of the suspension and “state the cause(s) leading to the suspension.” The handbook also states that a letter will be sent to the parents or guardians stating the nature of the infraction and noting the consequences.

It appears none of those steps were followed. Desaray’s parents say they have not received a letter, been invited to an informal hearing or been told the reason for her suspension.

Another parent whose child was suspended on the same day as Desaray was also not provided with a reason. That student’s suspension was also extended and the parent was only provided with the explanation that it was for the safety of the student and the students in the school.

But Desaray’s parents say if their child’s safety is at risk by her returning to school, an extended suspension doesn’t provide much comfort that the issue will subside by the time she is allowed to return to school.

“We’re very worried about her going back to school,” Andrade says.

Student scared to return

Desaray says she is worried as well.

“Honestly, I’m really scared to go back,” she says, adding that police advised her not to go anywhere alone. “I already can’t go out alone anywhere, even in my own neighborhood, without the fear of being jumped.”

Desaray says, most importantly, that she thinks the school is sending the wrong message to students and parents about bullying.

“If kids are having a problem, the school tells us to go to the dean and report it,” she says. “But what is the point? We tried that and nothing got done and now I’m the one suspended and they haven’t even told me why.”

Superintendent Melinda Thies did not return a Monday call for comment as of 11 am on Tuesday.

 

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