Friday, May 15, 2009

Morehouse Atrocity


I came across this article on CNN.com and I must say I am completely utterly outraged at this. http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/05/14/morehouse.justice/index.html

I was going to post a video blog, then a written blog but instead I am going to post a conversation I had with someone on this issue.

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Right its not a Morehouse problem directly but indirectly being that it was two Morehouse students, should be held to the highest standards.
Honestly even it wasn't Morehouse students where is the stand against black on black violence? Especially black men.
I don't think I can agree with you however about the 'extra stuff that Morehouse offers. Very true, education is the main reason why anyone attends college. However schools like Morehouse tend to nurture you in its own unique way, the idea of the Morehouse mystic you may have heard of. There is nothing wrong with living up to certain standards. The ideas of the renaissance that Morehouse men should be well read, well kept, etc is a good thing to live up to. It gives us not only an education, but a sense of humanity and decency.

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I agree the sentence was easy. But it is really not a Morehouse problem. And the renaissance mission is complete crap. I understand the meaning, however in the end of the day the purpose is education. Not the extra bull Morehouse has

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very true but on two points I must disagree. Point one the sentence for attempted murder was too lenient. The plea deal was not appropriate for the crime that was committed. Point 2 Morehouse, a school that boasts in making renaissance men did not live up to its name or rich history by allowing a student that attempted to murder another student continue his matriculation at the college. If anything the college should have been outraged at the lenient plea deal arranged.

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dear Morehouse bro

I disagree with you about the Morehouse shooting. Even though the student was in a fight. Nobody should be denied an education

5 comments:

JB said...

I read about the case in AJC and I must admit that I am shocked but the outcome. At the same time this is a tricky situation because, while the confrontation did not happened ON CAMPUS, it still involved students from that school.

Case wise, I think old dude needed Jail time or possibly prison time. If one can get booked on pulling a knife on somebody without inflicting any damage, then most definitely somebody shooting another person deserves the same or harsher booking. This is basically a two-finger tap on the wrist (not a slap). Now a student is scarred (mentally and physically) for life over this.


Now School wise, Now i dunno what their cod of conduct consist of but my guess is that there isn't any thing written on what actions will be taken when crimes happen outside of campus. Since it did not happen ON CAMPUS, I don't think much can be done by the school. But the school officials can talk to the attorney and courts about the case and lend any suggestions. Now holding a degree just because of a crime, YES if the student was in jail, but they can't if the student is still able to go to school. Although the student now has a record, he is already enrolled so there is little to nothing that the school can do. But I do feel that Morehouse officials DO need to reevaluate that code of conduct and follow University of Louisiana...EXAMPLES:

15.2 The disciplinary sanctions outlined in Section Fourteen may be applied to any student who commits or attempts to commit, either singly or in concert with others, any of the following acts of misconduct whether or not the violation occurs on university property or in connection with any university authorized activity and not withstanding any action taken by civil authorities on account of the violation if such a violation causes that student to be a clear and present danger or threat to the university community, or impedes and/or deters the university from its purposes, functions, goals or processes.



15.39 Violation of any civil or criminal ordinances or laws if such violation causes that student to be a clear and present danger or threat to the university community, or impedes and/or deters the university from its purposes, functions, goals or processes.


..And here are three disiplinary sanctions that I think needs to happen....


14.13 Temporary suspension until administrative hearing can be held - would be used by the dean in the event of a threat of safety to the university community or if a student refuses to answer a summons. Immediate notice shall be given for a hearing. The student will be notified within two (2) school days. The hearing shall be held within three (3) school days of the notification. During the period of suspension the student is prohibited from visiting the university campus without prior approval of the dean, from being initiated into an honorary, social or service organization, and from receiving credit at a component of the university system for scholastic work done in residence or by correspondence or extension.


14.14 Suspension from the university - the student is suspended for a specified period of time and may automatically apply for re-entry to the university once this period of time expires. During the period of suspension the student is prohibited from visiting the university campus without prior approval of the dean, from being initiated into an honorary, social or service organization, and from receiving credit at a component of the university system for scholastic work done in residence or by correspondence or extension. Upon suspension the student’s academic record will reflect W’s in the semester in which they were dismissed or grades as recorded by the Registrar. Upon suspension a hold will be placed on the student’s academic record for the duration of the suspension.


14.15 Dismissal from the university - a student is suspended for an indefinite period of time with a minimum of one (1) year. The student must fulfill specified requirements as set forth by the Student Discipline Committee and may only be re-admitted by the action of the Student Discipline Committee. The student must present convincing evidence of reform and ability to abide by and respect rules and regulations of the university. During the period of suspension the student is prohibited from visiting the university campus without prior approval of the dean, from being initiated into an honorary, social or service organization, and from receiving credit at a component of the university system for scholastic work done in residence or by the correspondence or extension. Upon dismissal from the university the student’s academic record will reflect W’s in the semester in which they were dismissed or grades as recorded by the Registrar. Upon dismissal a hold will be placed on the student’s academic record for the duration of the dismissal.



Now as far as that Morehouse mystic goes. I think too much emphasis is placed upon that. Yes Morehouse (from what I've read and heard) is a good school, but at the same time I think that one needs to remember that it's not a PERFECT school. There are flaws that are present especially with it being a "BLACK" school, and I've been to two HBCU'S in my little lifetime to know good and well how majority of these "Black" schools operate. And NOT EVERY student is gonna be the epitome of a "Morehouse Man". I think that connotation alone, is sometimes used in arrogant, uppity way. The idea of being well read and kept isn't just held by Morehouse, it's held by ALL schools, and at the end of the day, the only thing that will distinguish a student when it comes time to get that 5-6 figure salary jobs is that amount of education that person has had.

Keith Jones said...

Well said JB, I need to go through my files and pull out the Morehouse Code of Conduct Handbook.

UrSoVain said...

That's what happens when you aren't the bigger person and walk away. You never know how crazy a person can be.. Man of Morehouse or otherwise. But yeah, based on what happens when any of us get into an altercation.. he should have been suspended. But i guess Morehouse was like, since they did't know the entire story at the time.. and he was about to graduate anyway... they just swept it under the rug. Eventually, this will be something we forget about.

Jamar Herrod said...

Shame. The title of this post alone sends me into angry mode. However, I agree alot with what JB said. I wonder if this dude who graduate is feeling remorseful or is he grateful that Morehouse enabled him to escape the law? Thats my tw

Jamar Herrod said...

Two cents