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Safety Issue for Kanayama Eject a Ruse
By Kathleen Svenson


May 22, 2008
Thursday PM

Dear Editor

The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. The child who was not allowed to go to Japan has never "disappeared" from school, nor anywhere else. I checked her attendance records. I also checked with the Troopers. No report of her missing.

The whole safety issue is a red herring, a ruse. The real reason the honor roll student is not allowed to go to Japan is her mother questioned the Kanayama Board. Other students before this girl have been kicked out for the same reason and at the last minute. Sometimes the Kanayama Board refunds the ticket money; sometimes they do not. A child last year got no ticket and no refund. A few years ago another student's father went to the District Attorney who got the family their refund.

In a program without any policies and procedures this can happen. Caveat Emptor! Seventh grade parents eying the Kanayama Program, be forewarned. This could happened to you too.

Kathleen Svenson
Ex-Kanayama Parent
Whistle Blower
Ketchikan, AK


Received May 21, 2008 - Published May 22, 2008


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