VIDEO ALERT: Sheridan Parents Upset Over Video Showing Bombs and Crosshairs
Some Sheridan School District students were shown a video developed by Solution Tree, Inc., to curb absenteeism.
UPDATE TWO: “Thank you for sharing the information. The decision to show the video was made entirely on the local district level by the district. From the information you shared, it appears the district has taken corrective action moving forward. We’ll defer to the district regarding any additional information.” ~ Kimberly Mundell, director of communications, Arkansas Department of Education
UPDATE: “Thank you for reaching out. I really don’t know a whole lot about this situation and would not want to make a comment.” ~ Dr. Mike Hernandez, Executive Director, Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators
Many parents in the Sheridan School District were upset this week when their children were shown a video about skipping school.
The edited video titled “Time Bomb” was originally developed by Solution Tree, Inc. South Arkansas Reckoning requested a copy of the video from the Sheridan School District under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Watch the video here:
“The video in question is an edited version of one that was originally developed by Solution Tree titled “Time Bomb” and has been used for several years in professional development for teachers and administrators across the United States,” said Sheridan School District Superintendent Karla Neathery, who is president of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, in a statement to South Arkansas Reckoning.
“The video shows alarming statistics about the lifelong negative effects of an incomplete education associated with dropping out of school,” Neathery said. “The edited version of the video was shown earlier this week to groups of SHS students who had been identified – through a variety of different risk factors such as attendance and discipline – as potentially at-risk for dropping out of high school. It was intended to demonstrate to those students the urgency of trying hard in school and completing their degree. It is no longer being shown to students, and we apologize to any students and/or parents who were concerned with its content.”
Solution Tree, Inc., based in Bloomington, Ind., is a professional development company for educators and sells academic books, videos and online courses.
According to its website: “Since 1998, Solution Tree has worked to transform education worldwide by empowering educators to raise student achievement.”
The company also notes: “Since launching the partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education in August 2017, Solution Tree has been pleased to provide expert professional development services to 29 schools and four districts.”
Johnny Key was the Arkansas Secretary of Education in 2017 under then Governor Asa Hutchinson.
In October, the Sheridan School District paid Solution Tree $447.92 for professional texts and other items including shipping.
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