Benicia High to Gradually Become Closed Campus

The Benicia Unified School Board met Feb. 21 to hear a proposal for a closed campus.

Benicia High School will slowly become a closed campus during school hours.

Currently all Benicia High students have the ability to leave campus during lunch, except for freshman, and according to the Times Herald, the closed campus change would be gradual. Next year, only juniors and seniors would be able to leave campus and the following year only seniors, the Times Herald reports.

In a recent Patch poll, we asked readers if they thought the school should have a closed campus and 61 percent of voters said yes.

Commenter Karen LaRiviere wrote that she thinks the campus should be closed, in part because of accidents during lunch time near the school.

“There have been 2 serious car accidents in the last year. Are the restaurants going to pay medical or worse, funeral expenses of the kid killed racing back from their restaurant? No. Kids are in school to learn, not plan their lunch destination every day. …,” she wrote.

Another commenter disagreed.

“One of the best teachers in life is experience and accountability for one's own actions. I see the kids at many eating places during lunchtime and for the most part they are courteous, enjoy their break from the rigors of class and not behaving in an irresponsible way. Each student has the responsibility to pursue lunch off campus in a safe and sane way; I think they do a pretty good job,” the commenter wrote.

What do you think? Do you agree with the decision? Tell us in the comment section below. 

Bonnie Wilks February 26, 2013 at 06:03 PM
its not about accidents, its what these kids are doing at lunch time!! drive by the high school campus when it is out and watch some of these students on the very front steps of the school!! I have and it is disgusting.!! and have seen them going to park and smoking POT. also have seen them making out right in front of the school.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 26, 2013 at 06:48 PM
This is a victory for our kids and our posterity, both of which is the same in this circle of life within this concrete jungle that we call MODERN DAY SOCIETY!!! Great job Benicia Unified School District and citizens of Benicia for making the right choice and remember: Not everything that is faced can be changed But nothing can be changed unless it is faced James Baldwin
BMA February 26, 2013 at 07:44 PM
To BHS: Good, and mature, suggestion. Kudos to you for speaking up.
Cheryl T. February 26, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Agreed Bonnie, but schools are not in the lead position to instill and uphold values of hard work and doing the right thing in children. That foundation should begin at home, and that is a whole other thread isn't it. BHS needs to get the genie back in the bottle with enforcing appropriate dress codes, attention to the pot (and other drugs) issues in and around school (if so inclined kids know exactly what car in the student parking lot to go buy a shot of vodka for that Jamba they just bought off campus) and get a handle on the PDA. Increased supervision is needed with or without a closed campus.
Babaloo February 26, 2013 at 07:59 PM
College is spelled with an E . Hmm . I guess you know about taxes or is it Texas ? Btw . The rich of the country is not the issue . Due to Obomination the " middle class who work" are now burdened with the taxes. The " Rich" as you call them actually will pay less than they ever have under Obominations Tax structure. So for all of your " years of experience " you definately know about Texas. To all the other lemmings. Only dad things happen with absolutes. Democrats don't like something it's banned. Republicans don't like something .. They don't waste their money on it. If the kids are out there smoking pot. Call the Police. If they are out there showing public displays of affection .. For all the " politically correct" people . Express your self in a positive way . Otherwise Mind your own Business. I will be pulling my financial support for the Benicia Panthers since they have closed the lunch. Since it directly affects my business dealings in the City of Benicia. Sad. Very sad .
Bonnie Wilks February 26, 2013 at 08:07 PM
well that is suppose to be what schools are for, preparing you for jobs when you get out of school!! I am 72 years old and know what is to be after school. how old are you??
Bonnie Wilks February 26, 2013 at 08:10 PM
In my statement I did not mention republican or democrat, or how rich you are!! just know that these kids need more from this school district than they are getting!! no matter how you spell it, you know what I mean.
Cheryl T. February 26, 2013 at 08:38 PM
I only stated Bonnie, that while schools must uphold standards of conduct and ethics at school, the roots of those principles should be planted and nurtured foremost at home :) We're on the same page here. I agree on school being fertile ground for teaching hard work and the rewards of it. I had two children educated in the BUSD system, both now in college. I am 58.
Bonnie Wilks February 26, 2013 at 08:50 PM
ok since I am now taking care of my grand kids while my son is at work, there is a very strict home life here, not fooling around with stuff that don't belong. I also have a daughter graduated from college and grand kids too. so I know what I am talking about here. it starts at home!! I have seen way to many disrespectful kids going into everywhere in this town and using language that my parents would have washed my mouth out with soap!! there is no respect from this younger generation that is going to school, our government has taken over the right to discipline our own children and they are our future generation. very scary to me,.
BHS student February 26, 2013 at 09:15 PM
O sorry Babaloo do you own one of the restaurants that students eat at during lunch? Is that why you are so upset? If so I'm pretty sure most of the people around town don't care because off you arrogance. So please do everyone a favor and stay off the Internet. PS. your profile picture is incorrect and should be removed. Save your self some more embarrassment.
Karen LaRiviere February 26, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Thanks for thinking I am so powerful that I could get them to do what I wanted by snapping my fingers. You must have missed the part where I said we'd been dealing with this for 6 years and there were many others before us. Us, not me, us. Why would you pull your financial support for the sports program because the leaders of the school are trying to keep ALL the students safe and drug free? The calls for service to the police during an 18 month period between 12:30 and 1:30 pm were staggering. We only have 3 police cars available on some days, if they need to be up in Southhampton for an emergency but are busy rounding up kids who got lost getting back to school, then that puts the community at risk. The police have been asking for over 10 years to close the campus, it would make their jobs so much easier. Kids go to school to learn what they need to be successful, productive adults. They can socialize during their lunch period at school and I've asked this before, how is it that every other school district that has a closed campus (87% of those I interviewed), have no negative impacts, no school kids rioting because they are "imprisoned" or anything horrible going on? It's sad that you would punish the kids because adults were trying to keep them all safe.
Babaloo February 27, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Foolishness . Obomma must go is my motto. Sadly enough the BHS student really ought to learn to spell. Secondly , the School District is famous for bad decisions. Thirdly , it is the parents responsibility to maintain the students abide by the rules. Otherwise "school" is a glorified baby ditty service. In some schools it is more like a " war zone", unlike Benicia Schools. Since I am being Censored by Benicia Patch and my first Amendment Rights are being violated. I will be taking another avenue. To the individuals who are responsible for the school being a owed campus are now " liable" for any negative outcome. Ie the business who lose their income may be able to seek compensation from those individuals. Also , for all the children who go without lunch do they have s claim ? I wonder. Now will the school have to provide " free lunch" because they have closed the campus ? Does that mean while the students are " in custody" by the school that they are oblgated to care for all of their needs while they are there ? At what cost ? This is bigger than closing for lunch . This is just the beginning of taking away freedoms.
Cheryl T. February 27, 2013 at 01:16 AM
While you chastise the high school student's spelling (which, grammar aside, he's done an admirable job holding his own against you) let me point out, "Obomma" is spelled with one 'n'. Fascinating that you sniper shoot behind the cloak of anonymity. Given your critical rhetoric over, well, pretty much everybody, and your unbridled aggression toward, well, pretty much everybody, I'd think you'd be thrilled to draw some recognition from the community you hold in such contempt... or not. Have a pleasant day.
Karen LaRiviere February 27, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Really? Wow, you have quite a vivid imagination. It's keeping the kids safe on campus for 38 minutes, not Gitmo dude but you go ahead and file claims for lost business. Good luck with that. You might lower your blood pressure by checking with ALL the other high schools that have closed campuses at lunch to see that they have happy, healthy, well-adjusted students who aren't wearing orange jumpsuits protesting that their rights are being violated.
Babaloo February 27, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Um .. Ignorance is bliss in Benicia. Step ford wives in abundance. Your ignorance of other cultures is quite evident. Not only do I not hide behind a pseudonym as an American Immigrant I know what it is like to be enslaved. Unlike your whit read freedoms. They take away one thing , then another. Then you find you have nothing. It has begun.
BHS student February 27, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Wow sorry I don't have correct grammar. Does it really matter? I'm 17 years old typing on a phone. So if that's all you want to critize me about. You did not even address what I said. What establishment in town do you own? I will make sure to stay away. As far as "Obama must go" why don't you move back to Brazil where they kill innocent children?
Babaloo February 27, 2013 at 01:58 AM
My comments have been censored by Benicia Patch. Noone has held their own . Only ignorance
Babaloo February 27, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Obviously you have Brasil confused with the Connectitcut nutts. The school board should resign. This " kid" is obviously an impostor. Hmm something is very smelly.
BHS student February 27, 2013 at 02:15 AM
So that explains your arrogance, and I am in Benicia High School. .
Cheryl T. February 27, 2013 at 02:36 AM
troll (pron.: /ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is someone who posts inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[3] The End.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Hi Babaloo, I removed one of your comments because it contained a personal attack on another user.
BHS student February 27, 2013 at 03:10 AM
THANK YOU Cheryl !!!
Babaloo February 27, 2013 at 04:52 AM
Yet "CODY" you allow for obvious violations of the "Terms of Service" regarding bashing of my statements. Hmm,,Yes you have Censored my Comments, and Yes you have Violated my Civil Rights.
Babaloo February 27, 2013 at 04:55 AM
@ Cheryl Tamburri,,,,hahahahahhahaaa....You smell funny as well...we shall see how this all turns out. Nothing good comes of "Banning" anything.. if democrats don't like something,,,,they "ban it" if republicans don't like something,,,they don't buy it...that simple...
BHS student February 27, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Jesus do you have to be condescending to everyone?? You should just stay off the comment section!!! Your really complaining about your "rights"? Haha get over yourself!!!
Babaloo February 27, 2013 at 05:35 PM
@ BHS student you have to come at me better than that . At least " the racist" puts up a good banter once in a while . The financial ramifications of this decision are 10 fold. And since that is the only thing the school district and " some" care about . We will be looking at the financial impact this has on the community. The Benicia Police " facts" were mid stated by a prior poster . The BPD is no " busier " at the student lunch hour than they are any other time of day . Secondly the "87% misstatement" needs to be clarified. From the local schools contacted , most have a closed campus policy. Yet are unable to enforce it due to " the legality" of the policy . So, do your homework. Investigate for yourself and you may learn something. The School Board should RESIGN . Regarding this issue. The Principal may or may not be here in 2 years , we shall see regarding that revolving door.
Karen LaRiviere February 27, 2013 at 06:36 PM
I don't ever recall seeing you at any of the many meetings over the last 6 years where community members, students, teachers, board members, neighbors and the Benicia Police were present with printed reports of overwhelming "calls for service" during an 18 month period between the hours of 12:30 and 1:30 having to deal with Benicia High School students. The neighbors in the area have been asking for years to have something done so that kids aren't dealing drugs or smoking pot in front of their homes. 23 (Benicia, Napa High, Vintage w/ parent permission) of 26 local high schools in Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda counties contacted several years ago all had closed campuses. More have closed their campuses since then. I don't know where you get the idea that this is against the law. Most schools closed their campuses when the DMV changed the driving laws to prohibit newly licensed drivers from being able to take other kids in their cars for 12 months, but you probably disregard this law too as being too restrictive of "your rights." Make some calls, check it out, nothing that is being proposed is against the law in any way at all. As for the financial ramifications to local businesses, many of the kids are driving to Pinole, Pleasant Hill or Vallejo. There are alot of adults who stay away from places in town because of the kids and will most likely return and make up for the missing students. So which place is yours?
BHS student February 27, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Good job Karen!! It's true students drive to wingstop, in and out, and Panda Express. Most students actual go to McDonalds or Burger King which aren't mom and pop shops and aren't going to go out of business because of $50 worth of lost revenue. So your argument is invalid and this is coming from a high school student who goes off to lunch. If I couldn't I would adjust. It's not a matter of life or death.
Babaloo February 27, 2013 at 10:08 PM
What is a Benicia HS student doing on their " phone" at 1106 am . Should they not be in class ? Or are they in violation of another school regulation ? First of all I have not seen any reports of " drug use , dealing, etc". If the kids are dealing drugs call the Police. File charges and bring them to the judge and jury. The fact remains this is wrong . The school should not be " locked up" .. That's it . That's all.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 27, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Dude stop fighting with a little High School Girl!!! What is wrong with you? I am sorry scratch that; I meant what isn't wrong with you!!!?


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