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Bullying Is Back BIG Time At ‘Alton Central School’ (ACS), N.H., So, What Does The Administration Do …

by Anura Guruge

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They make sure kids will not have their phones with them so that they can RECORD the incident or call for HELP.

Honest. I kid you not. This is serious stuff. Could be life and death, especially given that the latest incident involved an 8th-grade boy being physically beaten by two other 8th-grade boys.

That happened last week (the week that started January 27, 2020).

It happened during a ’20-minute’, 8th Grade recess outside. Another 8th grader, who had a phone with them, recorded the whole incident.

Folks, including other parents, have seen the video. No, I have not seen it. But a friend of ours did and told us about it.

Vicious beating with foul language. 8th grade boy being beaten up by two other boys.

Yes, we know the name of all three involved. The two attackers are related (but I won’t divulge how they are related because that might prove too much of a clue to their identity). It is also the case that the parents of those involved actually know each other, socially!

Yes, I e-mailed the Principal & Assistant Principal (who I have known for years) about this incident last weekend. They as such know that I know. I urged them to take the necessary action. As I expected they did not respond.


The beating is NOT broken up by any adults.

No teachers present.

The ACS Admin, extremely political savvy, was MOST distressed that there was a video of the incident! That was their main worry. That there was a video. Now they can’t spin the facts. There is a video.

So, what is the first thing they do. Make sure that kids will not have phones on them.

They do not want more videos.

What can I say.

We have no more skin in the game. We are homeschooling our 13-year old.

We spent nearly 3-years trying to minimize bullying at ACS. We thought we had succeeded. Obviously we had not. Pity.

I will monitor the situation. It would be so much better if current parents get involved. Bullying must be stopped.

What happened last Thursday was inexcusable.

Where were the teachers.

I am so glad that we have a VIDEO of it.

Please ….

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by Anura Guruge

First Forray With Walmart Straight Talk, Phones & Service, Was A Total Disaster.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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We are not big phone users, I even more so than Deanna. Anybody who has tried to call me would have realized that I am in no way tied to my cell. Unless I am at this PC and my cell happens to be close by, my cell and I are usually not in the same place. I can go for days without ever picking it up. I have never texted and have no desire. Though I was involved with computer support for decades I refused to carry a pager. E-mail is my preferred means of communication. We have an 800 minute plan (or similar) with U.S. Cellular and typically use about 200 minutes a month. But, we pay $80+ a month to U.S. Cellular — and that is not because I am calling Sri Lanka (which I don’t do often). I have been with them for about 14 years! We also have a TDS landline (and pay for two) which we hardly ever use.

straighttalkSo every once in awhile I get on a kick to reduce our cell bill. Last week (or the week before) we had a visit from two of Deanna’s aunts from Maine and Maryland. The one in Maine has been a department manager at Walmart for 7 (or 9) years. She told me I should switch to Straight Talk with the $30 a phone plan. She had been using Straight Talk for a number of years — albeit with the $45, unlimited plan. So, I checked it out — with some trepidation. Once I determined that they support cell number transfer I decided to give it a try, especially because Deanna’s aunt was getting a good (AT&T) signal at the house. So, as ever, I did some poking around. The ONLY way I could beat my U.S. Cellular rate was to go with this $30 refurbished phone plan — which included the first month free. It was essentially a free refurbished Motorola phone with the first month of service. I had Motorola phones for years and was kind of partial to them. We currently have LG phones that look just like old Motorola phones. Plus, Motorola used to be a very good client.

STphoneSo I ordered two of the $30 refurbished phones last Wednesday. They came in the mail Saturday. I charged them for about 8 hours. Noticed that one phone didn’t start charging for about 10 minutes while the other started immediately. My antennae went up. Last night before I went to bed, i.e., around 1 am, I checked both phones. They were both fully charged.

This morning I went to activate them and transfer the numbers. Was NOT good. I was NOT impressed.

1. Said that my Alton zip, 03809, was NOT supported! That really got me mad. I had never seen a warning that this service was only available in certain areas. I decided to take a chance and gave it a Concord ZIP. It took that.

2. Then I got a Server Error and lost all of the data I typed. By now I was not amused.

3. Finally entered all the data required to transfer the cell number and hit enter. Nothing happened. Checked the phone. It was DEAD as a doornail. The other one was fine. There was NO way I could bring this one back to life. I plugged it back in. Nothing. Yes, I could have swapped batteries, but I would still have ended up with a dead phone.

Nothing happened with my activation, transfer etc. because the phone wouldn’t power-up. I am not impressed.

Yes, immediately got an RMA from Walmart online. No hassles there. I can return the phones at any store.

But, I lost an hour. I am not amused.

A pox on Straight Talk.