5.17.2011

What's That Explosion I Just Heard In Decatur?


A former Decatur ISD principal, who seemed to be quite the lightening rod while here,  is placed on administrative leave.  I would think this story will get heavy coverage in the metroplex over the next 48 hours. There's now way we won't find out why -- nor should the public be denied that information.

Edit: Ok, you know I'm not going to allow comments that assert facts as to why she was suspended until we have some verification. (Obvious jokes, uh, probably OK.)

Edit: Fox 4 is on it, but no real new information so far.

Edit: And although you have to take it for what it's worth, here's the Twitter search for "Melinda Reeves" for mentions today.


142 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been waiting on this post this a.m.! Let the trashing begin!

Anonymous said...

LMBO the comments ought to be exciting on this post.

Anonymous said...

Not sure about the explosion but that clicking sound outside is not the annual cricket invasion but keyboards writing comments for this post. You live for days like this, lets set the over/under on comments at 150 and I predict 99.5%negative.
Double fake Jimmy the Greek

Anonymous said...

Having been at Decatur High School while this woman was Principal, I think I speak for the majority when I say "Good riddance". May she never darken the doorway of another school.

Anonymous said...

It's about time! Decatur just brushed her antics under the rug.

Anonymous said...

People cause most of their own troubles, but the DISD board, particularly one female member, share some of the blame here. Ten years of not being held accountable for so many things at DHS, led to an attitude of "I'm invincible."

Anonymous said...

I think she got caught having Sex with the teacher from Kennedale!!!

Anonymous said...

It is a sad day!
She grew up here and gave a lot to our community.
Always working for the children.
Wonderful and loved woman.

Anonymous said...

yep . . . what goes around comes around; you reap what you sow.

notice that's two former Wise county supts in trouble on the news within a week . . . hmmmm

Anonymous said...

She didn't do it...

Anonymous said...

Would someone please tell me what problems Reeves had at Decatur?

Because in my dealings with her she seemed like a class act, and I like to think I have pretty good instincts about people.

Something tells me this might be more about politics than about whether she did something legitimately wrong!

Maybe the star football player at her school did something worth getting suspended over and she actually suspended him, instead of slapping his wrist.....thus making a lot of football-obsessed mommas and daddies (with political clout) very angry!....Just a theory! I've seen it happen elsewhere!

Anonymous said...

This lady was on thin ice more than once at DHS, but board members (some sitting on the board now) and the Decatur elite knew their "perks" were at stake so they made the conscious decision to look the other way. (and sacrifice some good kids and teachers in the process.)

Think at least two Supt saw how the deck was stacked and fled the district. Countless quality teachers fled DHS as well.

And here is the irony.....the board is well on its way to repeating this with a certain elementary principal.

Anonymous said...

Uhhhh....she was never superintendent...thank God. Although she may have thought she was and really, really wanted to be.

Anonymous said...

MY son was a student under Melinda and she is also a friend, someone I can count on. I don't know the charges, but I am truly sorry that her name is in the news.
I didn't always agree with her decisions and the way she ran the school, but she did turn it around from the previous principal. I don't believe that she is dishonorable, just ambitious. I hope the best for her and her family.
Until we have all been in her shoes in school, I don't think we can totally condemn her actions. She saw a job and she did it, not caring if she stepped on toes. Maybe some of those toes needed to be stepped on!
Yes, I know a little bit about this district--I've been in it for 15 years.

Anonymous said...

This is like Decatur's Osama Bin Laden...we will always remember the day when they found her...

Anonymous said...

9:20--you can bet AISD has it's ducks in a row to suspend someone! That is a move not made lightly or because of an athlete's punishement.

Anonymous said...

Where's the person that always says..."we're drugs and alchol involved" at?

Anonymous said...

It could not happen to a nicer person.

Anonymous said...

9:29- Maybe it's because you are friends that she never threw you under the bus for her own political gain like she has done to numerous teachers. It's sad, but what goes around comes around. It was only a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

Come Dec 2012 drugs and alcohol won't matter!

Anonymous said...

They probably suspended her because of her excessive crying. I swear, at EVERY Decatur CoC luncheon, she would recognize the students of the month and just start boo-hooing. She was a beating.

Oh, I wonder if drugs and alcohol were involved?

Anonymous said...

Should we start praying for her yet?

Anonymous said...

If she goes down for some misbehavior, she'll take as many people with her as she possibly can.

I've never met a more vindictive, manipulative human in my life. And my relatives are lawyers, politicians, and car salesmen...

Anonymous said...

Attempting to educate the children of Wise County is futile anyway. Just give them enough education so they can fill out a log book, count welding rods, and navigate the highways well enough to find their next location!

DF MR

Tater Salad said...

I heard the Decatur Beggar FINALLY took a job that was offered, and it was from her. I reckon that's why they axed her....

Anonymous said...

9:20- I assure you it wasn't over disciplining a star athlete! 1. Those are the very students that could get away with most anything while she was principal at DHS; 2. MR would not dirty her hands with discipline. She made others do her dirty work for her so she could throw them under the bus when an unhappy parent complained.

Anonymous said...

Come on BG open the flood gates and let the good stuff flow. If you keep this communist censorship up I'm going to have to adjust my over/under.
Double Fake Jimmy the Greek

Anonymous said...

The DHS staff still love and miss her.
I remember how she rallied everyone to keep off campus lunch.
She really cared for what was best for kids.
I think we ought to rehire her in Decatur.
Let's start a petition

Anonymous said...

she was mr. white with boobs!

Anonymous said...

Off-Campus lunch is a bad, bad, bad idea. Don't like it one bit.

Anonymous said...

Melinda did exactly what the board hired her to do when she became principal of DHS. She cleaned house, brought stability to a campus that was spiraling out of control, and supported the students 100%. I don't know any details of her current situation, but she did an amazing job at DHS.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Reeves was DHS

Anonymous said...

The board really loved Mrs. Reeves
She took care of their kids

Anonymous said...

more teachers who were great at what they did were run off by melinda reeves thankfuly a few toughed it out and we still have them today i can sy one good thing in her defense atleast she wsnt having an affair with a teacher with meetings in the office like her predcesor did. mrs reeves has always looked out for herself an no one else. when a perso becomes a principal they cannot look out for just themselves but must look out for all the students they care for.

Anonymous said...

All politics are crooked...but small town school board politics has got to be the crookedest form of politics ever. Get a rope...

Anonymous said...

wonder if a drunk messcan was involved?

Anonymous said...

Ms. Reeves was the bees knees...all you haters betta recognize.

Anonymous said...

DHS is a miserable place to work since she left. The current principal is running them off-at least those that have an option to go to.

Anonymous said...

Yea, 12:25 Arlington sure recognized. HAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

She ran off some losers too

Negative Nellys

Anonymous said...

Only the bad ones left
Worst ones went to.other Wise districts

Anonymous said...

11:46 - that's just it. She took care of THEIR kids. No one else's mattered.

Does no one remember how her son went from 7th in the class to 2nd in a matter of a month?

Anonymous said...

9:20

You are misinformed. Athletes were the very group who were not disciplilned, some who were, still got to play even thou in ISS. Particularly those who were friends with her children.

Anonymous said...

My son was a stud athlete when Reeves was at DHS. More than once we had to come down hard on him to convince him that, no matter that at school he was treated as "special," we weren't going to tolerate bad behavior.

During her reign, some of the gifted athletes made life miserable for both teachers and other students.

Anonymous said...

People that bitch about Mrs. Reeves are all about excuses. Maybe it's your fault your kid didn't get to start on the varsity athletic team, didn't soar in the classroom or wasn't in the popular click. Don't blame someone else because your kid is a retard!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like she may be available for a new gig this fall.

Anonymous said...

My guess is the state auditor may have found some financial irregularities of some sort. I only say that because I can't imagine what else it could be.

But having myself been in a situation where I was accused of something I didn't do a few years back, I want to remind you all that she is only on administrative leave at this point and could conceivably be cleared of any wrongdoing.

Anonymous said...

2:12
My kid DID start on varsity-and the problem was that the culture of that administration made him feel that his athletic ability made him better than others.

We had to work very had to make him realize that athletic ability didn't make him "special."

Anonymous said...

10:59 - Only in Alvord can you start a petition to get an administrator hired. Sad thing is it worked...oh I sorry that is because she was the superintendent's wife and the teacher that started the petition is related to one of the board members.

Anonymous said...

who the f on this earth would not support off campus lunch?

Anonymous said...

Administrative Leave = DOA


BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I hear Chico is gonna need a new high school principal this fall ya'll!

Somebody should spill the beans on what that's all about.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't support off-campus lunch. Bad news.

Anonymous said...

2:12 you need to go play in rush hour traffic!!

Anonymous said...

How can anyone forget all the terrible things she did while in Decatur!She should have lost her job the first year here, but was protected by certain board members and members of the community, which she eventually turned on also when they were no longer needed for her escapades!

Anonymous said...

I drove and Escapade one time, gas gusslin' somebeach!!!!

Anonymous said...

She screwed any kid who was in Ag and FFA with her BS!

Anonymous said...

Off campus lunch supports local business.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone account for all her spending while she was at DHS? She may have gotten away with all kinds of stuff in this small town, but she can't mess with the big boys over in Arlington. Rumor is that she never went to work, and turned in false accounting reports. Just like everyone said here...what comes around goes around.

Anonymous said...

Local businesses need and want student lunch business

Mr. Rottner spoke to this as a Chamber member during the rally

She took care of our community and we should stand by her now

Anonymous said...

Melinda represents all that is good about Decatur

Red Nick

Anonymous said...

3:11 I think your getting school kids confused with Lockeed workers.

Anonymous said...

Off campus lunch makes for traffic accidents waiting to happen

Anonymous said...

Did she play the banjo?

Anonymous said...

Ok BG you've been warned about the censorship. I know people and if you keep messing with the odds on the over/under you might wake up with a horse head in your bed. Let the locals run wild for God's sake. This could make Chico look normal.
Double fake Jimmy the Greek

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Reeves helped a large number of students from bad families

Wonderful woman

Anonymous said...

Off campus lunch also supports car insurance companies and general mischief. I had off campus lunch in high school and that is how I know it is not a good thing.

Anonymous said...

I heard the wife of the good old boys on the board was her soriety sister and roommate in college.

Strange but true

Anonymous said...

I have alway felt sorry for her husband

Anonymous said...

Looooooooong time comin'!!!

LONG. TIME.

Anonymous said...

I had the pleasure of going to school under Mrs. Reeves for all four years. She really did put the students first. It was a very sad day when a few people forced her out of the district. I don't blame her for finally having enough of their antics. Thankfully, those "few" no longer have a say in the affairs of DISD.

Anonymous said...

3:11 is a tard.

Anonymous said...

I can tell you this that if alcohol was involved he had to of drank it all.

Anonymous said...

chico needs a new HS Principal??? Geez they should just shut that Piece of Crap little loserville community down and start over. Nothing good has ever come out of that roach infested, trailer trash livin, raw sewer smellin', hick ass, inbred poor excuse for a community.

Anonymous said...

Ag and FFA?!?! You better clean out your own barn before you start slinging the mud! Talk about unethical behavior...your comment is waaaaay out of line.

Anonymous said...

She sure is a piece of work

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Reeves cared about the students and still does. When she was principle at DHS she asked churches to help out and provide day care for the students that were parents already so they could finish high school and get their diplomas. There were at least 4 students that would have had to drop out because of their situation. She cared enough to help them out.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Gindt had enough evidence several times to put her on administrative leave when she was here....instead the board put him out to pasture.

Anonymous said...

In her earlier years, she probably was good. However, she left, knowing that she had overstayed her welcome. She OK'd the infamous "Cheerleader" class. When it was audited, it was discovered that it was nothing more than girls sitting around & running errands during the class period.

Off campus lunch? That's sheer insanity. Just playing with probability, eventually there will be a carload of kids heading back from lunch who crash & die. Then, the off-campus lunch will cease to exist.

Anonymous said...

I wen't to high school when she was there..helped me get a scholarship and was always supportive. People that bash her her are the "nobodys" that want to be the "somebody's". She has done quite well in her profession.

Anonymous said...

Oh really,10:37? Couldn't you have come up with something new or more creative like YOUR MOMMA!

Billy Benedick said...

The anonymity of the internet is ridiculous. Such uninformed and hateful conjecture from a small group of people who's child probably had no interest in being a good student under Mrs. Reeves. Some of these supposed accusations are ridiculous. I mean who knows where her son was ranked in school at any given moment, but he did graduate with honors from Ole Miss and got his Masters from Texas A&M without her being principal, so perhaps he's just a smart guy and good student who graduated at the top of his class? Not to mention that ridiculous classes like Band and random computer courses were worth higher grade point averages. I introduced our Salutatorian at our graduation and I can assure you it was not her son.

Maybe taking an underperforming school in a rural county in Texas, and making it a Blue Ribbon award winner was bad administration.

If you think that the principal has sole responsibility over the discipline and management of varsity athletes in a small Texas town you are ignorant. Varsity athletes do get special treatment but it's from the entire community not the principal. And most of the time kids who are dedicated to a sport are the same kids who are disciplined and driven to excel in their education instead of just floating through high school.

And there was a very small percentage of turnover throughout my attendance at Decatur High School especially with the AP and dual credit courses. Simply saying "she made good teachers lose their jobs" is a ridiculous baseless statement. Grow up Wise County.

-Billy Benedick not "ANONYMOUS"

Anonymous said...

i will say this..

if the roles were reversed and mrs reeves were a man in power instead of a woman in power, none of you would have one single negative thing to comment about while she was principle in decatur.

i cant believe you all are trash talking her like this, she accomplished a lot for decatur's sad excuse of a school district. the teachers and other employees who left or were "forced out" as yall say, probably shouldnt have been there in the first place if they cant handle a caring, intelligent and powerful woman as their boss.

Anonymous said...

When she left Decatur she was gone and I do not recall anyone feeling sad

Anonymous said...

If this is about mismanagement of money, there are strict accounting rules that apply. For example, money backing bonds for improvements and interest on the same cannot be transferred to other operating expenses. Of course, an administrator cannot mess with the bookd without clerical help so someone else has to be involved.

Anonymous said...

I got an email from a friend in the Arlington Martin School District and she say she was using school money for personal use.
At the end of the email it said: "ding dong the witch is dead".
I don't think they liked her. hmmm.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Benedict,

Did your wife not owe her job to the lady?

And wasn't your son good friends with her son and benefited from the largess directed that way?

You are uninformed. Some years, the turnover rate was 25%!

Anonymous said...

Actually, 9:05, YOU are misinformed! Billy Benedick was a student at DHS while she was principal, and a very good one, at that. Her son, Josh, was a good student without her help. I have taught both of them and they didn't need anyone to make sure of their class rankings.

Many people were sad when she left.

No, her roommate wasn't the wife of a former school board member. Where do you come up with this stuff?

I didn't always agree with her, but I respected her. Many people didn't like her because they didn't get their way. Boo Hoo.

Anonymous said...

MRS Reeves was great at her job in Decatur. Decatur hs was awful when she took over and she turned it around. Teachers who are not doing their job need to move on. This distric is in bad shape because some teachers want to do their own thing and PRINCIPLES allow them to get away with it at all grade levels. Good luck MRS Reeves u cleaned up a mess in Decatur GOD bless.

Billy Benedick said...

My mother (not wife) did work under Mrs. Reeves as an administrative assistant. She stayed at the school long after Mrs. Reeves was gone for the new admin. I'm not going to argue with you about my mother's "credentials" for being an admin at the HS. Those who worked with her and whom she worked for, know that she was wonderful at her job and was doing it not for monetary reasons but to be a part of the community. So insinuating that she got special consideration to get her job that she didn't even need is inane.

I am friends with her son and managed to graduate DHS and Texas A&M without any "special treatment" that you are claiming.

Ok if the turnover rate was 25% as you claim without any source citation whatsoever. What was the turnover rate before and after her administration? What is the state average? What is the 3A public school average? That means absolutely nothing without some reference point. Not to mention it sounds like an uninformed rumor you heard someone say at Walmart.

7:41 Great point. You don't recall anyone feeling sad? Because you went door to door to ask the entire city whether or not they were "sad" or not about Mrs. Reeves leaving? Brilliant.

Anonymous said...

9:23 CHS has hired a new principal. Mr. Black will not be the principal next year. The sewer smell in Wise Co. is from Decatur...a good south wind and the smell will knock you off your feet.
You must live in Chico or you wouldn't know anything about the principal. You can take your piece of crap loserville attitude, your roach infested, trailer trash living, poor excuse for a human and leave the community. You probably can't tell the difference between the smell of sewer and your own body odor.
There is a lot of good families in Chico. You wouldn't know this because you are so narrow minded and think that everyone should share your opinions. No one really cares what your opinion is. Zip it and move away.

Anonymous said...

12:36
Sickum! BTW, who is the new principal?

Anonymous said...

Rumor Disclaimer: I heard the Arlington ISD Superintendent received a standing ovation from the faculty and staff when he told them at Arlington Martin HS that she was gone and would not be back.

Anonymous said...

1:44 Not sure of his name but I have been told that the rules will be followed, if it was in the handbook that the board put together that the rules where the rules. It will be a different school up there for sure. I think it is about time that we seen a bit of backbone. Great elementary school principal, sounds like a great high school principal and we have an AD that won't take crap off the kids and has the respect of the kids. The AD makes sure that the kids who are struggling go to tutorials. He cares about the kids and their grades, not just their athletic ability. He has weeded out coaches that don't need to be coaching. The athletic program has more kids participating. The band director is awesome and doesn't let the kids rule the land. The ag program is getting better.
All in all everything is improving and it all started with someone with a backbone.

Anonymous said...

Why is Mr. Black leaving 12:36?

Anonymous said...

2:22 Mr. Black has another year on his contract and he has been told that he can teach but he would not be the principal. I think that decision was made because the students run the show for the most part. I don't know exactly what was done or not done, however the fact that the campus has closed campus lunch and you see kids at Chico Mart, Julios, Subway or the Soda Fountain during lunch might be one reason.

Anonymous said...

typical chico school board politics...lemme guess they are holding their next school board meeting at cletus' goat farm right?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Benedict....if Mrs.Reeves is so wonderful then WHY is she on administrative leave from the largest high school in the Arlington ISD?

Anonymous said...

to all who are accusing mrs reeves take a moment and remember in this country you are innocent until proven guilty.. with that said i went to school under reeves and i saw her loose more great teachers than one could imagine. she ran off two great ag teachers in b willams and p askey. she got5 lucky to find mr elmore to take over the program. while i couldnt stand principal white i could atleast stand reeves however i have watched kids who had drinking problems be allowed on the football field which is not just her fault but she was the top dog at the time and should have stopped it. my friends who work at the high school now seem a little happier since she is gone. i hope that what ever happens it dosent affect her husband as he is a great person

Billy Benedick said...

4:16 I don't know why she is on administrative leave. That's what "undisclosed reasons" means. But this stream of vindictive bashing is ridiculous by some anonymous blog commenters with a bunch of baseless conjecture.

But that's what ignorant, close-minded people do. They are always wronged by everyone and their immediate reaction is to attack people (even though they are nearly always uninformed). Like when on a blog thread about Mrs. Reeves commenters insinuate that she fixed her sons and my grades and then attack my mom because she worked as an administrative assistant at the high school and we are family friends. I'd be extremely surprised if any of you knew any of the reasons why all these teachers were "ran off" by Mrs. Reeves. Maybe you know one person or heard a rumor at WalMart but you really are just presenting your generalized opinion as fact. It's just ridiculous to see a bunch of people spreading toxic rumors behind the tag of "Anonymous" for someone who really loved the people in this community. Especially since she no longer has anything to do with I'm sure you're perfect angels of children. Nor do you know anything about the current allegations that she has been charged with. Not to mention this is standard procedure within a district that if something comes to light that person is put on paid leave while they determine whether or NOT those allegations are grounded.

If you had read any of my posts I haven't really said anything about her performance as a principal rather am just refuting ridiculous rumors.

I do know that while she was Principal we were a TEA Exemplary campus, won a National Blue Ribbon Award, Won State Championships in cross country, Mock Trial, not to mention various other district championships in football and other athletics, and a National Championship in tractor restoration with Mr. Elmore as the FFA head.

I don't know about the apparent slew of great educators who were ran off because honestly I had a very consistent set of teachers during my attendance of DHS. But if you have some statistics in our district that are out of the whack with state averages or have some specific examples please feel free to share more than "Nobody was sad she left" or "She ran off great teachers" or "the witch is gone" under a tag of anonymous. I'm sure you feel you all made great points though.

Anonymous said...

Who let the dogs out?

Anonymous said...

100!

Nuf said.

Anonymous said...

I would like a HSO from JHO

Anonymous said...

i know her well. i make 100!!!!!

Anonymous said...

POINT IN FACT: When Melinda Reeves left DHS the majority of the faculty/staff were very happy to know she was leaving. Some (who really teach with their rose colored glasses on and pretend everything is just fine) were unhappy to see her go. The latter will still support her, but those teachers never had to really deal with the nitty gritty of school. Melinda Reeves did through some of her "beloved" faculty under the bus. She would be supportive one minute and then turn the next. She played favorites, listened to staff that she shouldn't have, pulled underhanded crap to keep athletes out of ISS and on the playing field, even though others would receive full punishment. People were lied to-- faculty, board members, and community. She swept unethical behavior under the rug for her "favorites" just as some board members swept her own unethical behavior under the rug. I lost my belief in the professionalism of educators due to Melinda Reeves. Those who still stick up for her just had no idea of what the real events were during her reign here. She has now run the last of her game. Schools the size of AISD do not put adminstrators on leave/suspension on a whim. She is suspended because she was caught by folks who will not sweep the smut under the rug. Once the evidence is proven true, perhaps DISD should do an investigation/audit of the books while she was here. Might be shocked at what is found under the rug!!

Anonymous said...

Decatur was lucky to have her as a principal.
Look at some the souls Boyd had to put up with.
Thank God!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

7:45 Well said!

Anonymous said...

Reading all the comments, it appears politics was the problem. A lot of pressure is applied to keep players on the field Friday night. That has been going on forever.

I think she deserves the benefit of the doubt when no one states facts but hints at something she did wrong.

Anonymous said...

Those of you defending her-I guess you've forgotten the year that varsity athletes "initiated" the new varsity members by beating them to a bloody pulp. And then Mrs. Reeves, in her "concern" for students, "encouraged" the parents of the victims not to press charges.

B*#ch should have been run out of town back then.

Anonymous said...

It's ominously quiet about this suspension still...that can't be good...

Anonymous said...

8:06--my son was a new varsity member. He was not bothered by the "old" varsity players in any way. Only a handful of smart alecs were messed with and went home crying to mama. This was not swept under the rug, but addressed by the appropriate people. My son was disgusted by the wimpiness of his fellow teammates. No wonder they didn't win all their games. Don't blame Melinda for this one. It was a coaching problem and the coaches took care of it. The mamas of these crybabies almost took care of the whole team.
Politics indeed play a huge part in any principal's job. The whiners on this blog must be the kind of people that Melinda disagreed with and didn't give into.
She had a job to do and she did it. Those teachers that didn't like her for the most part just didn't get to run the school like they wanted.

Anonymous said...

10:18
I guess those boys in the fall of
'98 (or '99) were hospitalized because their feelings were hurt?!

Anonymous said...

I want her back

Fake Decatur Teacher

Billy Benedick said...

7:45
It was awesome when you started a post with "POINT IN FACT" then didn't submit a single fact but instead submitted more rash generalizations and unfounded implications of wrongdoing that even go beyond what she is currently under investigation for. Interesting approach.

If you think that the politics of running a High School in a small football crazed town in Texas was as black and white as everything that ever happened to a kid that went to DHS was Mrs. Reeves responsibility on and off campus then you are obviously delusional. All I'm saying is that every situation is different and was handled as such. There is no way to accurately say that "She just ran everyone off and threw them under the bus". Obviously, running a school requires you to make difficult decisions and that is going to lead to people losing their jobs. Just the nature of a leadership position.

But the fact is that educationally DHS went from poorly performing to a state recognized school of excellence and won a National Blue Ribbon Award. So maybe some of those teachers (whether or not they were your cousins or relatives) weren't as great as you're claiming. She was also recognized as the State Secondary Principal of the Year and was a top 3 national finalist the following year. And in that time yes a bunch of teenagers acted like the morons they are and she had a lot of behavioral problems to deal with. And you know as well as I do that in a small towns you are going to piss somebody off no matter what you do. And those same things are still happened at DHS after she left and are still happening today. As with most things, peoples views get skewed emotionally. I'm sorry that you didn't like her as a principal nobody said you had to. But viciously bashing somebody by saying nothing more than a bunch of regurgitated generalities make you sound irrational and ignorant. But hey it's easy for people to go on the internet and say hurtful things about other people under the alias "Anonymous".

Anonymous said...

I'g like to spank her. Make her bark like a dog.

DF Carl Spagler

Anonymous said...

8:06....I was a sophomore in the fall of '99. I saw the bruises of one of the "initiated" players. I don't think that bruised kidneys from being beat with a broomstick can be taken so lightly as to say the boys went "crying home to mama". I'll never forget that week. I remember the only teacher at the high school brave enough to address the issue was Teresa Powell.

Anonymous said...

gawd you decatur ppl are a buncha pansies...pull your pants up and quit crying and whining. No wonder your the laughingstock of wise county.

Anonymous said...

12:23 PM
"yes a bunch of teenagers acted like the morons they are"

Wow. Assault that puts people in the hospital is classified as teenagers acting like morons? Holy cow. What a sick, evil attitude. Now I see why you are such an apologist for her. You are cut from the same disgusting cloth.

Anonymous said...

Boyd had a few strange ducks for sure

Anonymous said...

Benedick, everything I said before is a point in fact. I was there. I was part of the entire fiasco. Reeves didn't earn the honors bestowed upon her, HER TEACHERS earned them and she took the honors.
Those teachers taught long before Reeves showed up and their STUDENTS earned the EXCELLENCE standard before Melinda ever took the reins. Basically, anyone would have been a better principal than White was.
Pull up your own "big boy" pants. I don't even know your mother and my comments don't include her. I do know one thing and that is your mother wasn't around as long as I was at DHS, and rose colored glasses must have fit her rather well.
You're talking to teachers who were in the trenches and DID THE WORK!! You can believe what you wish, but I can assure you sir, you do NOT know all the facts.

Anonymous said...

10:18, did you ever stop to think that your son was not bothered because the hazing was stopped before his name appeared on the "list for the day" on the field house blackboard?

Those boys were not wimps. In fact, none of the boys who were beaten told their parents of those incidents. NONE of them did. A member of the varsity squad who would not take part in the "initiation" actually told a teacher at the high school what was taking place. When that teacher inquired it was found that coaches were guarding the field house doors to keep others out and that adults in the parking lot could hear the "horseplay" coming from within. Yes, horseplay is what it was referred to. That teacher then told a few others and that is how events unfolded. Police were called and pictures of those boys beaten abdomens were taken in preparation for the filing of charges. I not only saw the pictures of about 12 boys, but saw the beaten black and blue abs of several of them myself.
You call the BEATEN wimps? Not! The thugs who did the beatings were and probably still are the wimps ( I do know two of them have already spent jail time for violence against others) and those who tried to protect the "tradition" were and still are the wimps!
Changes were made so that no other athlete has to endure such ridiculous caveman mentality!
Why don't YOU just go back to your own cave and sit on your rock! You don't know squat! Moron!!

Anonymous said...

Melinda Reeves is the Anti-Christ

Anonymous said...

One has to wonder why she was so loved in Decatur

Anonymous said...

9:13 Your rediculous! Thats all I have to say! Your so called "work in the trenches" statement is a complete joke!! Had two kids go to DHS, one graduated in 95 and the other in 2002. There was a dramatic difference in the way academics were adressed when Mrs. Reeves arrived. It was a totally different High school when she arrived....and for the good trust me!!

Billy Benedick said...

I'm not an apologist just a realist and I realize that not everything is black and white as you claim it to be. Just because its your opinion that she "STOLE" awards from teachers doesn't make it fact. First, you are complaining about her running off teachers yet obviously the teachers she put in place were good enough to get the education turned around. Of course it was good teaching that was the cause of getting TEA recognized (last I checked Principal's don't teach classes) that's the point of being a principal, hiring good teachers. So if she gets awarded for having a school full of good effective teachers that's called good leadership (she didn't get awarded Teacher of the Year, it was Principal of the Year). Obviously arguing the definition of a fact with you is futile because if you are suggesting anything you've said is anything other than severely emotionally charged opinion then you are obliviously to what the word facts actually mean.

I am aware that I don't know everything that went on but I've never said I did. I've never said anything on this thread other than things that are actually truthful though and refuting baseless accusations like when you say that "every teacher at DHS wanted to see her go except the ones who pretended like everything was fine". So you're opinion that the teachers who actually liked her are ignorant is a fact? I hope you don't teach English.

Webster's defines Opinion as: a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.

"Wow. Assault that puts people in the hospital is classified as teenagers acting like morons? Holy cow. What a sick, evil attitude. Now I see why you are such an apologist for her. You are cut from the same disgusting cloth."

This is exactly why nobody with a brain should take what most of this thread is seriously. You simply take the fact that I don't agree with you that Melinda Reeves was the worst principal and worst person ever and you claim that I'm a disgusting person. It's reactionary pointless slander like that which makes you sound irrational and essentially renders anything you say completely baseless. Did I ever say that I agreed with the hazing that took place? No, but because I defended someone who was Principal when that incident happened apparently to you I'm an evil person who supports innocent people getting beaten. Brilliant deduction.

Weren't 20 or some odd players suspended from school for that? What else do you want? Capital Punishment? An eye for an eye? The kids or families could have easily filed criminal charges if they wanted further consequences but as far as school discipline goes isn't suspension as severe of punishment you can hand out next to expulsion?

Anonymous said...

10:14
This has moved off the front page of the blog, so this may be the end of the discussion.

Charges were not filed after Reeves "encouraged" parents not to file. NO coaches were disciplined evn though they guarded the doors when the beatings were happening. And none of the criminals were removed from the varsity team.

Your comment that those criminals were simply teenagers acting like morons, rather than realizing that they perpetrated criminal acts of violence, is what causes me to belive that you are an apologist.

In other districts, coaches have lost their jobs over actual "initiation" incidents, and THIS was criminal assault. And SHE did NOT protect the kids in her charge-she protected the coaches and herself.

If you cannot realize that she bears some responsibility for the culture that allowed it to happen, then the problem is with your character, and that cannot be changed.

Anonymous said...

Ding Dong
The wicked witch is .......

Billy Benedick said...

All I'm saying is don't cry about the severity of punishment if they themselves aren't going to take the recourse that is provided to them under law. Discipline at the school level can only go so far and if the families thought that this was not justified then they could have taken further action, despite whether or not your claim that Mrs. Reeves "encouraged" them otherwise. That in no way means that what happened was in any way justified or not heinous but to me if my child that was victimized I believe I would be able to make my own decision on recourse without being swayed by anyone. I don't know everything that happened but it's not my place to hand out judgements on whether or not she or other people should have lost their jobs. If you think that's your prerogative 12 or 13 years later then go for it. And in a case like this those kind of decisions are not solely left up to a Principal but also lie with the school board. As with everything it's not as black and white as "everything that ever happened in Decatur with teenagers was Mrs. Reeves' fault."

All I came on here to do was to dispel a horrendous amount of baseless accusations and insinuations that she rigged her son's grades, or embezzled money, or was the worst principal ever etc etc etc. Mrs. Reeves is a person I have a personal relationship with and a bunch of people bashing her for things that either are completely inaccurate or overtly misconstrued under the anonymity of the internet is not something that I appreciate happening to someone who is a good person and cared about this community. Everyone is entitled to their opinions on her performance as an Administrator, but the sheer volume and tactlessness of almost everything said against Mrs. Reeves was appalling for a bunch of people whom I assume are adults much older than I.

I know what kind of person I am, and my friends and family know that as well and I could care less what anybody else thinks about my character especially you. But I will take solace in knowing that at 24 years in age I don't possess the same immaturity of you as to believe you can judge someones character based on a few blog comments that you obviously read with an extreme bias. At least I'm standing up for a friend instead of cursing a stranger under the cover of "Anonymous"

And before any of you go off acting like what I've said on here means I agreed with every single thing Mrs. Reeves ever did as Principal at DHS, take a second compose yourself and realize that I've never said anything of the sort. She is a good person and a Principal who under her administration (whether or not you think it was a result of her leadership or not is irrelevant) drastically improved the educational merit of DHS.

Billy Benedick said...

All I'm saying is don't cry about the severity of punishment if they themselves aren't going to take the recourse that is provided to them under law. Discipline at the school level can only go so far and if the families thought that this was not justified then they could have taken further action, despite whether or not your claim that Mrs. Reeves "encouraged" them otherwise. That in no way means that what happened was in any way justified or not heinous but to me if my child that was victimized I believe I would be able to make my own decision on recourse without being swayed by anyone. I don't know everything that happened but it's not my place to hand out judgements on whether or not she or other people should have lost their jobs. If you think that's your prerogative 12 or 13 years later then go for it. And in a case like this those kind of decisions are not solely left up to a Principal but also lie with the school board. As with everything it's not as black and white as "everything that ever happened in Decatur with teenagers was Mrs. Reeves' fault."

All I came on here to do was to dispel a horrendous amount of baseless accusations and insinuations that she rigged her son's grades, or embezzled money, or was the worst principal ever etc etc etc. Mrs. Reeves is a person I have a personal relationship with and a bunch of people bashing her for things that either are completely inaccurate or overtly misconstrued under the anonymity of the internet is not something that I appreciate happening to someone who is a good person and cared about this community. Everyone is entitled to their opinions on her performance as an Administrator, but the sheer volume and tactlessness of almost everything said against Mrs. Reeves was appalling for a bunch of people whom I assume are adults much older than I.

I know what kind of person I am, and my friends and family know that as well and I could care less what anybody else thinks about my character especially you. But I will take solace in knowing that at 24 years in age I don't possess the same immaturity of you as to believe you can judge someones character based on a few blog comments that you obviously read with an extreme bias. At least I'm standing up for a friend instead of cursing a stranger under the cover of "Anonymous"

And before any of you go off acting like what I've said on here means I agreed with every single thing Mrs. Reeves ever did as Principal at DHS, take a second compose yourself and realize that I've never said anything of the sort. She is a good person and a Principal who under her administration (whether or not you think it was a result of her leadership or not is irrelevant) drastically improved the educational merit of DHS.

Anonymous said...

11:38

She's no stranger to me.

She was at the top of the campus food chain, and she allowed the culture of eliteism for athletes to fester. As the person in charge, she was responsible for the culture. In addition, since the assaults happened on school property, the school (Mrs. Reeves) had the option of pressing charges. It happens every day across the state. In addition, those criminals should have been sent to the Alternative School, but that would have made them ineligible to play during their time there. And yeah, they should not have been suspended; they should have been expelled.

It's really easy for a twenty-four year old to write about how they would or would not react in a given parental situation, but until you face the pressure, as some of my friends did, of being told how difficult things might be for your kid if you press charges (team spirit and all, don't you know,) your opinoin of how you would react doesn't mean much.

But, you are correct-"those kind of decisions are not solely left up to a Principal but also lie with the school board." And the school board failed MISERABLY by not holding her accountable.

And yes, I'm really bitter about her all these years later, because SHE allowed the vile, criminal culture to exist, and SHE protected those responsible, and SHE never paid a price.

If you want to give her credit for anything-fine, go ahead. It will NEVER out weigh the harm she allowed.

Anonymous said...

Everyone just needs to sit back and see how her suspension from AISD turns out. That verdict will put an end to this debate. Only one side can be right. So, I guess we'll just see.

Anonymous said...

Billy Benedick is annoying and obviously one of those types of people who must always have the last word in any conversation.

and yes, i will post this under "the anonymity of the internet," and i can assume this comment will be referred to by you as a "baseless accusation."

Anonymous said...

I think everyone from Decatur hit the nail on the head, bravo, many years ago she was in charge in the 1990's with my kid too, and she was rude and overbearing, was goes around comes around. And things are just brushed aside when the obvious problems should be addressed and the school board should open their eyes and deal with the obvious problems in some of the leadership of the schools. Principals should be leaders and there are certain principals that should be checked into right now

Billy Benedick said...

Ok ummm...

6:51 This is strange, you didn't really say anything. So I'm not sure what baseless accusation you think I'll refer to, because you really didn't "accuse" anyone of anything. Did you think you did? That's ok, you did say that you think I'm annoying, which is ok if you think that constructing a coherent sentence is annoying.

12:29 So what your saying is that because I don't have kids I couldn't possibly know how I would react in such a situation but because you knew people that were a part of the incident but you really had no personal involvement whatsoever, somehow you're extremely more qualified to make judgements? So your opinion of how you would react doesn't mean much.

The really difficult thing about being 24 years old is trying to realize the line between defending a friend and knowing when to give up arguing with a bunch of bitter spiteful cowards commenting on an irrelevant blog. - Anonymous

At this point trying to make anyone realize the difference between slanderous conjecture and legitimate points is futile. So if you want to say things like "And the school board failed MISERABLY by not holding her accountable." then you go for it I just hope you actually do realize that in no way can you call this a factual statement. If you are saying it as a purposeful slanderous accusation then great I'm glad you realize the difference between fact and fiction.

Anonymous said...

Billy-Yes, I'm saying that as a parent, and as a person who has friends whose kids were victims, I am MUCH more qualified to make judgements than a twenty-four year old. And I did not give my opinion of how I would have reacted. I have no idea where you conjured that idea.

You are the one who pointed out that "those kind of decisions are not solely left up to a Principal but also lie with the school board," and I was agreeing with you. And, yes, those people failed MISERABLY also.

It's curious that in all of your consideration of "facts" about that woman, you cannot seem to bring yourself to see the FACT the she bears responsibility of the culture of HER campus, the behavior of HER staff (coaches), and protection of HER students.

Anonymous said...

As a parent of two successful students, non-athletes, Ms. Reeves was a wonderful principal. Can't argue with success and many of the wonderful teachers she hired are still there and DHS is as fine a campus for learning as it ever was. My child went to college and entered as a sophomore due to the AP classes and advanced courses she started. Like I said, can't argue with that.

Anonymous said...

Billy,

I also am an avid Reeves supporter, and i think your first comment nailed it. I also think you should have stopped after your first comment when you originally addressed the topic of Mrs. Reeves by standing up for her.

However your decision to move forward in arguing with a bunch of morons only goes on to prove how young you still are, by not understanding when enough is enough, whether it be in real life or behind a computer.

"arguing online is like winning the special olympics-even if you win, youre still retarded." I know someone will take offense to this statement so i apologize in advance.

Anonymous said...

7:20PM and 2:50AM

Some people did very well in Hitler's Nazi Germany, also. I know someone will take offense to this statement, so I apologize in advance.

Anonymous said...

WHY IS THE GREAT LEADER KYLE STORY NOT MENTIONED IN THIS FOOTBALL ABUSE?

Anonymous said...

People turned their heads, 6:57. After all, "tradition" is totally accepted by folks here. Even if that tradition is beating the newbies! Kyle Story should have been fired after that incident, along with several other coaches. Alas, football is king and whatever football players do (legal or not) is condoned. Sad, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

bendick
i am starting to wonder if there was an improper relationship between you and the principal while she was here.

to the comments about the parents not pressing charges you can bet that the decatur donut squad along with reeves and other influential parents made sure to explain to them that other bad things would happen if they caused the stars to miss their games. hell we had a player one year that had to have an interlock system on his vehicle because of his alcohol problems yet he still got to play.

Anonymous said...

As a former martin teacher I know for a fact that TAKS scores were altered and when I wrote a letter stating that fact,to cover my own but, 3 weeks later I was RIFF'ed Go figure. She deserves whats coming to her for all the wrongs she has done to others.