The Baltimore School for the Arts is not responsible for Jabril's actions ("Who is responsible for Jabril?" May 19). If he didn't do what he was supposed to do, then they did what they were supposed to do.
When first getting into BSA, you go through an Open House that explains all the requirements and what's expected of you. They say that right of the bat. They also have coach class and Saturday School and after school tutoring with Honor Society students. There are so many opportunities.
Now, if a student is unable to stay because of the environment this is set in, then OK. They don't have to stay. If it's not meant to be, it's not meant to be. This is a professional environment. If you're not able to do the work, then that's that. Who will help you in the real world? No one.
It's not like BSA didn't try to help. They had three other things that could've helped the student. We also have a person who works with students who have trouble learning as quickly as other students or have certain backgrounds that hinder them from learning. It's not fair at all that the author is blaming the school if she's never been in the environment herself and actually walked the hallways. Where was the author when this was happening? Why didn't the mentor take the time out and really try their hardest to keep Jabril on track?
Keana Knight, Baltimore
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