Friday, February 8, 2013
Ruth Ahlemeier, a parent who filed a civil rights complaint about the "Senior List" at a Ladue High School, testified during a Missouri House of Representatives committee hearing in favor of an anti-bullying bill.
A local woman who launched a crusade against the so-called “Ladue Senior List” at Horton Watkins High School has taken her fight to the Missouri Capitol. Ruth Ahlemeier, a Ladue School District parent from Olivette, testified Wednesday in Jefferson City during a public hearing by the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee of the Missouri House of Representatives on HB 134. The bill is sponsored by State Representative Sue Allen, R-Town and Country, and would change the laws regarding bullying in schools and establish specific components that a district must include in its anti-bullying policy, according to information on Missouri House of Representatives website. This is the third year Allen has introduced such a bill. In Ahlemeier’s…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Federal investigators have a list of district staff they want to interview as part of their probe.
A Ladue school spokeswoman confirms that the district has received a list of names federal civil rights investigators want to interview in connection with a probe into bullying problems at Horton Watkins High School. Ruth Ahlemeier, a district parent from Olivette, filed a complaint last fall after she felt her concerns with the so-called 'Ladue Senior List', a crude tradition which over the years has targeted students' perceived sexual and personal habits for ridicule. Ahlemeier said she had not had contact with the Office Of Civil Rights since receiving a letter in October notifying her that the agency would investigate her complaint. Susan Dielmann, a school district spokeswoman, confirmed that it had received a list of the people …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
District officials learned of photos and crude comments Tuesday.
A district spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that Ladue Middle School administrators are aware of a series of photos with derogatory comments circulating on the social media site Instagram. Susan Dielmann said she was unsure if the children pictured, which she has assumed were district students, were boys or girls. Dielmann said the photos do not appear to have been taken at school and were not by themselves "inappropriate." Patch has not seen the photos or the comments. She said administrators learned of what happened Tuesday morning, but were heartened by the fact that students were adding their own commentary to the social media site to say that the comments were not OK. Parents were notified about the incident Tuesday. Dielmann said there …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Our top 10 list shows a mix of interest in issues making news right here in Creve Coeur and in local figures on the national stage.
Another year is in the books. 2012, we barely knew you. We thought now would be a good time to take stock of what readers like you read most over the past year. Take a look at the top 10, listed here in order of page views. Haven't read one of them yet? Now's your chance. 1. Lawsuit Claims Baby Was Decapitated During Delivery at Mercy 2. Should Akin Stay In The Senate Race? Poll Shows Division Among Missouri Republicans 3. Mercy Exec Quits In Wake Of Laser Pointer Flap 4. Max Scherzer Pitches Through Family Pain 5. Creve Coeur Teen Charged In Laser Pointer Case At Busch Stadium 6. Creve Coeur Pics & Clips: Show Us What's Going On! 7. Max Scherzer Opens Up About Pitching Despite Family Tragedy 8. Obscene List About …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tell us who you think deserves consideration for having had an impact on Creve Coeur in 2012.
We've reached that time of the year where we're in a reflective mood, and we're asking you to help us put 2012 in perspective. It is time to talk about who should be the Creve Coeur Newsmaker of the Year. Ah, but what does that mean? The beauty is, as they say, in the eye of the beholder. You get to help build the team picture, so to speak. Someone who did the most good? Parkway Northeast Middle Schooler Sam Klein could qualify for that. The young man was featured on NBC Nightly News and won a St. Louis Patch contest asking that very question. ALSO: Could it be Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz? He won a Mayor's race that people had been talking about for nearly 2 years as longtime Mayor Harold Dielmann retired following term limits. The city…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Dr. Bridget Hermann's resignation was announced at Monday's school board meeting.
The Ladue School District announced Monday night that it accepted the resignation of Ladue Horton Watkins High School Principal Dr. Bridget Hermann, effective at the end of the current academic year. Dr. Hermann has been in the top spot at the school since 2007, and previously served as assistant principal between 2002-2004. In a news release announcing the move, the district says she is pursuing new opportunities in education. “Dr. Hermann has provided leadership to the staff and students of the Ladue School District for eight years,” Dr. Marsha Chappelow said in a statement. “She has made enormous contributions to our high school and to our district as a whole. We regret losing her to her new pursuits, but are also very grateful for the…
Friday, November 2, 2012
The district is not authorized to confirm or deny the receipt of the complaint.
In response to the news that the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights will launch an investigation into Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s “Senior List,” the Ladue School District released the following statement: “In accordance with procedures established by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), an organization against which an OCR complaint or investigation has been filed is not authorized to confirm or deny receipt of a complaint, nor comment on the investigation in any way. That being said, were the Ladue School District to become a subject of an OCR complaint, the district would cooperate fully with the investigation and fulfill any requests made of the district by the OCR. As always, the physical and emotional safety of …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
We're sharing the top ten most-read stories from the month of September on Creve Coeur Patch.
By now, you know that here at Patch, we like to peel back the curtain on how things work. Well, now, we're telling you about the top 10 stories you read in September. Did you miss any? Check them out:
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Spate of media accounts spurs these remarks.
During Monday's Ladue School District Board of Education meeting, the district's superintendent, Dr. Marsha Chappelow, issued the following statement in connection with the controversy surrounding allegations of bullying at Horton Watkins High School tied to an obscene list that has circulated toward the end of the school year: "I’d like to take a few minutes to give you the status of the situation at the high school that has been receiving media attention… In the past, there have been student-created lists containing highly inappropriate comments about other students distributed at the high school. In the latest instance, some of the students responsible were identified and disciplined. Previous Coverage: Obscene List About Ladue High …