3 Alta High students cited in unlawful acts at school amid racial controversy

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  • Moog Wasatch/Heber, UT
    April 1, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    I really think there are some fundamental and core deep seeded issue with the administration, the schools and the parents in the Canyons school district. For the most part the students are victims of the adults bias. My kids are going to the Jordan School district next year.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    April 1, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    This is trumped up Political Correctness at it's worst.

    pictures were NEVER sent to minorities, so there was no intent to intimidate anyone.

    just one friend sending pictures to his friends.

    believe it or not people in this are free to hate and talk to others about it.

    the left wing does it all the time.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    April 1, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    I'm glad I'm not a school administrator, what a tough job dealing with all the lawless and moral-less punks that populate our schools today. Where are the parents of these kids and what in the world are they teaching at home that would prompt a kid that this is OK to do? Meanwhile a probably good principal is forced to quit. Shame on families and parents today and shame on society for saying this type of thing is OK to try.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 1, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    Liberal Ted 9:45 a.m.

    You realize these are teenagers... who's minds don't work the way yours and mine do, right? They think_like_South_Park_and_MTV (not_much_sensitivity).

    I agree they need to learn from this... but do we need to be uber_harsh??? Criminal_charges???


    I hope this becomes a teaching_moment and a learning_experience for ALL of us... but to do we have to get the POLICE involved? I don't know what good that does ANYBODY.

    What happened to "Tolerance" and "Forgiveness"? Is that out of the question?


    That said.. I know Racism should not be tolerated... but are kids doing stupid things illegal. Is what they did "illegal"?

    What actual law did they break? Last I checked stupidity wasn't against the law... and neither is being racist. If it was... KKK, Louis Farrakhan, Rev Williams, and Jessie_Jackson would ALL be on death row.

    Have you heard some of the hateful and EXTREMELY racist statements Lois Farrakhan and others have been screaming to their audiences... to huge applause?

    I though President_Obama promised to use his magical_abilities to IMPROVE this... I haven't seen him say or do a single_thing to improve America's racial divide... have you?

  • Uncle Sam West Jordan, UT
    April 1, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    Fair enough, now is the Canyons District going to go and investigate every single school in the district now for the same thing? If you really want to do what is "fair" then go start looking into the same issues everywhere. In fact, do it in every single school in Utah. Because I promise you, Alta is not the only school (far from it) that has these types of issues going on.

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    April 1, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    Stay classy, Alta. I sure miss attending that school.

  • lakerhater Beaver, Ut
    April 1, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    This whole thing has been blown way out of proportion. This was a typical teenage stunt that wasn't meant to hurt anyone. Stuff like this happens everywhere. Only cuz were in gool ol' Utah does it matter to anyone.

  • John Adams Miami, FL
    April 1, 2011 11:20 a.m.

    @ JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt | 10:33 a.m. April 1, 2011

    Just because it's "law" that does not make it correct--there's a big difference!

    Yes, being able to "hate" is a right--a God given right. Those of us who are members of the Church and declare that agency is supreme, then attempt to fetter people's agency strikes me as being hypocritical. Hate is neither good nor correct, but it is a right just the same.

    If Congress passed a law that outlawed Mormons, would you insist that we uphold that law, just because it's "the law"?

    This whole idea of thought police is nothing short of satanic, in my opinion. Consider the following: "... because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down" (Moses 4:3).

  • goody10 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 1, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    VIRGINIA V. BLACK! you have no arguement "right or wrong." this is the LAW! read it. please. if you have a problem, set up a meeting with the supreme court. i hear they aren't that busy now a days.

  • Right or Wrong Happy Valley, Utah
    April 1, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    So JJJHS, by your logic, showing a picture of a robbery would be a crime?

  • Arizona2 Tucson, AZ
    April 1, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    A while back I was surprised that these students were facing so much criticism over putting a pillowcase on their heads since high school students could do such a thing without realizing the possible misunderstanding it could cause. If the information about the burning crosses (regardless of the size) on school property is correct, however, I don't think there is any question that they were imitating KKK practices. If the additional information is correct, the boys should be charged. There is no room in our schools for that kind of behavior.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    April 1, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    "John Adams | 10:11 a.m. April 1, 2011
    Miami, FL
    Yes, let's take everyone's agency"

    So you are saying acts of hate and Racial Intimidation are ok right? Just because it doesn't affect you?

    Somehow I suspect that if someone burned something of the LDS faith on your front lawn in order to intimidate you then you would have a problem with it and call the police wouldn't you?

    Article of Faith says to obey the law, cross burning is against the law. Racial intimidation is against the law.

  • Right or Wrong Happy Valley, Utah
    April 1, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    This is ridicules, "hate" as a crime is crossing the lines. Emotion and thoughts are not crimes. No matter how disagreeable they are.

    Freedom is racing away, not slipping away. Political correctness is wrong. We are free to love or hate, it is our choice and this is becoming absurd! Who comes up with this stupidity?

    It seems more energy and effort is put to things like racism as an emotion, than real crimes. I understand that if we steal, injure, etc. but now it is how we think and feel that are being policed. Where are all the "freedom" loving liberals that are for a "right to choose", but now don't even want thoughts and emotions to be hateful...talk about controlling! Where does it end?

  • nomo Draper, UT
    April 1, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    JJJHS read the article they sent the messages to other white kids not black kids..They didn't threaten others the way you want to portray it. Give it up, save it for when there really is a threat. And Euroskeptic obviously you have never had kids because if you have you would'nt be calling these parents failures. But oh I forgot you're perfect and so are your kids..

  • goody10 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 1, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    virginia v black, everyone. look it up. don't be outraged about people following the laws.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    April 1, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    since the D-News only will print the politcally correct posts have your way with things libted and hope you're up to paying for cops to become pc police chasing around kids who might send a picture of a burning cross to someone in the attempt to bully and intimidate them. Great use of our tax dollars for sure! Could the Canyons have handled this any worse? I think not.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    April 1, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    Ah yes, those non-racially motivated burning crosses. To anyone who is on the fence and thinking this is all overreaction and coming down too hard on kids who are just being kids, I double dawg dare you to read the Larz Cosby blog and the comments below it and maintain that stance.

  • John Adams Miami, FL
    April 1, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    Yes, let's take everyone's agency, then no one will be able to think, say, or do anything that anyone else finds offensive. That will fix the problem.

    What a minute... that plan sounds vaguely familiar.

  • goody10 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 1, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    the supreme court deemed that any burning cross is considered unconstitutional and against the law. look it up. its been a law for over 50 years. thank you virginia v. black.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    April 1, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    HELLO? Yes, racial intimidation is a crime. Sending images that threaten others with racial messages is a crime. Wake up people. I bet you would all have a different tone if images of Mormons being persecuted or texts celebrating the martyrdom of Joseph SMith were being sent on phones.

  • Euroskeptic Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    @ Casey A - "I think that would make sense if it was clear the crosses were supposed to be a racially motivated threat but outside of that I am not clear on what the crime was."

    When is a picture of a burning cross not a racially motivated threat? It carries the significance of racism in the country, much like the swastika carries the significance of racism and genocide in Germany.

    You can't separate the image from its significance, regardless of whether it was aimed at an individual or group of individuals.

    These kids' parents have obviously failed them. Very sad.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2011 9:45 a.m.

    I'm glad they're cracking down on anything that is racists. People should be sensitive of the people around them.

    Maybe one day people will be more tolerant of religion, and religions will be tolerant of each other.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    April 1, 2011 9:45 a.m.

    Pretty sad state of affairs.

  • CaseyA Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2011 9:45 a.m.

    That sounds a little hypersensitive and nuts. They sent pictures of burning crosses to other students and are being charged with a misdemeanor because of it. I think that would make sense if it was clear the crosses were supposed to be a racially motivated threat but outside of that I am not clear on what the crime was. Anyone have insight?