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GwinnettGirl 2 years, 4 months ago on Nearly 10,000 graduating this week

Congratulations to the graduates and their supportive family & friends! What a milestone achievement for all these students. It must be a daunting task to organize & coordinate so many graduation ceremonies, especially now that GCPS has grown in leaps & bounds. Perhaps next year ceremonies could be scheduled after school hours so that parents who are teachers, don't have to find a substitute or get their pay docked in order to attend their child's graduation. For example, Lanier High ceremony at 3 pm on Wednesday? Their siblings at the middle school are still in session, school doesn't close until 4 pm. And Duluth High at 4 pm on Wed. also means teacher/parents and/or siblings will have to leave school early. Thursday & Friday are required teacher workdays; so if the parent/teacher has a graduating child that morning, they don't have to find a sub, but they have to ask for time off & hope it gets approved & hope their pay is not docked. Truly, attending a graduation ceremony should be a time of pride & joy, not added angst to find a sub, hope to get personal time approved, or get docked in pay, then check siblings out of school early (unexcused) and get relatives to ask for time off in the middle of the day. Hopefully, this scheduling can be revisited to not create these issues. Of course it's impossible to make everyone happy but hoping to avoid stress in the future by rescheduling would make a big difference on such a momentous occasion.

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GwinnettGirl 2 years, 4 months ago on Norcross community copes with tragic loss

The heartbreak Johlanda's family is suffering is devastating, and the driver will have to live with the fatal consequences of his actions forever, just as Johlanda's family will forever miss and grieve for her. However, there is no such thing as a perfect parent, nor a perfect teenager. Even though good responsible parents do their best to instill high morals and values, there can be times when a teen gets caught up in the moment, and caution & common sense are nowhere to be found. Teens just don't believe anything horrible would or could happen; they think they are invincible and that bad things happen, if at all, to others, not to them. They have no sense of reality when all of a sudden they're with a group of friends and bad choices are made. It is so unfair, so tragic that this happened at all. For this to make any difference, maybe prom goers should be made to watch a video of what can truly go wrong during prom weekend and have Johlanda's death teach others a valuable lesson. As parents we do our best, yes, we should check with the parents of those our child will be going out with, we should do all the things that will hopefully keep our kids safe, but ultimately, some things are out of our control. Good parents have kids that make mistakes, sometimes fatal ones, and some irresponsible uninvolved parents have kids who just seem to sail through life without problems. Being the parent of a teenager is unimaginably difficult; it takes alot of hope, prayers, diligence, consistency and love. We give our kids the maps and the directions, but sometimes they follow the wrong path. So sad when a teen loses a life and those left behind are left to mourn for the rest of their lives. A moment can change a life, can end a life, and teens just don't see the reality of that. How can that be changed???

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GwinnettGirl 2 years, 4 months ago on Driver arrested in teen's death; community mourns

The heartbreak Johlanda's family is suffering is devastating, and the driver will have to live with the fatal consequences of his actions forever, just as Johlanda's family will forever miss and grieve for her. However, there is no such thing as a perfect parent, nor a perfect teenager. Even though good responsible parents do their best to instill high morals and values, there can be times when a teen gets caught up in the moment, and caution & common sense are nowhere to be found. Teens just don't believe anything horrible would or could happen; they think they are invincible and that bad things happen, if at all, to others, not to them. They have no sense of reality when all of a sudden they're with a group of friends and bad choices are made. It is so unfair, so tragic that this happened at all. For this to make any difference, maybe prom goers should be made to watch a video of what can truly go wrong during prom weekend and have Johlanda's death teach others a valuable lesson. As parents we do our best, yes, we should check with the parents of those our child will be going out with, we should do all the things that will hopefully keep our kids safe, but ultimately, some things are out of our control. Good parents have kids that make mistakes, sometimes fatal ones, and some irresponsible uninvolved parents have kids who just seem to sail through life without problems. Being the parent of a teenager is unimaginably difficult; it takes alot of hope, prayers, diligence, consistency and love. We give our kids the maps and the directions, but sometimes they follow the wrong path. So sad when a teen loses a life and those left behind are left to mourn for the rest of their lives. A moment can change a life, can end a life, and teens just don't see the reality of that. How can that be changed???

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GwinnettGirl 2 years, 6 months ago on Bill would bar illegal immigrants from colleges

This just doesn't make sense. So we're going to pay to educate them for 12 years, pay for extra ESL teachers, pay for their lunch because they can qualify for free lunch, pay for translators, and other public school services, and then after we've put in all these tax dollars, then they can't pay the state to further their education? I can see both sides of the issues, but education starts in the public school. School systems are overloading classes, facing budget cuts, slashing staff, but still providing, in most cases, an excellent education to all, immigrants, legal & illegal & citizens. Agree with ACC12:
"Many immigrant families, both legal and illegal, move into Gwinnett because of the reputation of the Gwinnett County Public School system which over the last decade has become minority-majority district meaning that non-whites now make up approximately 55% of the over 162,000 students enrolled in the district. The State of Georgia could put a huge dent in the illegal immigration (and overcrowding) problem tomorrow just by the simple act of requiring the family of every student to show proof of and report their immigration status upon enrollment in school every year just like many districts require proof of residency every year"

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GwinnettGirl 2 years, 7 months ago on Shelter offers discounted pet adoptions for Valentine's Day

Those visiting the shelter on a Saturday and expecting to go home that day with their newly adopted dog or cat should realize the chances of that happening are slim. If someone wants to adopt a pet on a Saturday and have the weekend to enjoy the pet before going to work on Monday, it may not happen that way if the pet is not spayed or neutered. Only dogs and cats who are already spayed or neutered can go home with their new family that day. If someone adopts a pet on a Saturday that is not spayed or neutered, the shelter will "fix" the pet on Monday, and the family can pick up the pet on Tuesday. It can be difficult for someone to take time off from work on Tuesday to go back to the shelter. Best bet is to visit the shelter on a Thursday, choose your new companion, it can be fixed on Friday and picked up on Saturday.
Also be aware that as you roam through the shelter choosing a possible new pet, and you have that pet brought to the "bonding room" to see if you & new pet are compatible, you can only do this twice. Visitors to the shelter can only pet 2 animals in one visit. If the first 2 animals you pet simply do not work out for one reason or another, you must leave and return another day. The spay/neuter and pet only 2 animals are policies that are not widely advertised.

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GwinnettGirl 2 years, 8 months ago on Unterman's heartache gives rise to compassion in role as senator

Thank you Senator Unterman. This is a wonderful article and as a mom who has lost a son, I understand how difficult it is to carry on, have the strength, energy and courage to move forward with life and make a difference. Coping with grief and sorrow, and still working for the good of the people of Georgia takes a huge amount of personal motivation and dedication. Glad to see her efforts have been noticed.

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GwinnettGirl 2 years, 9 months ago on Officials: Apartments were gang's epicenter

Great job! How sad that these times are - gangs in Gwinnett causing so much criminal activity. Scary times for apartment dwellers. Some people have no choice but to live in an apartment. This should be a wake-up call to the apartment managers (or slum lords) to keep tabs on what is going on in their complex, don't allow multiple residents to live in the same unit, thoroughly check each application. The apartment managers owe it to the residents of that complex and to everyone in the county, that they are keeping the complex safe. And hopefully more residents will send tips to GCPD - active, involved residents who have the courage to report what is going on are to be commended. We need to get rid of gangs and any criminals trying to hide out or carry on their illegal activities in a rental apartment or home. Landlords, do your job! If not, GCPD is watching!

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GwinnettGirl 2 years, 11 months ago on School calendar for 2012-13 released

Yes, there are still furlough days. And the teachers report back on July 30! First day for the students is Aug. 6. In DeKalb and Cobb, the teachers go back on Aug. 6 and the students on Aug. 13. Plus the Christmas break is cut short. Why the big deal to end before Memorial Day? Teachers returning on July 30 is ridiculous. With teachers teaching summer school and/or being required to attend summer staff development classes, there's not much of a 2012 summer. But the school board knows teachers won't complain because they worry about their jobs. Maybe the PTA will create enough pressure to create a calendar change. Not so smart to release a calendar like this before the SPLOST vote.

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