The purpose of this paper is to discuss a principal’s practical experience in his middle school regarding his observations and opinions of his student population. The focus of the population is middle school students (children) who have been exposed and/or involved in underage sexual behavior, and/or students exposed to sexual content in the media and social media outlets. The results of this interview are compared to our theoretical learning from our textbook.
After attending UCLA and the University of Nairobi in Kenya, Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) South Lake Middle School Principal Bruce Baron received his Bachelor’s degree from UCI. Mr. Baron began his career in the seventies with the National Teacher Corps program, and subsequently taught at the elementary, middle, and high school level, and has been a principal at the elementary and middle school level of public institutions. His career focus has been primarily in improving the quality of schools in low-socioeconomic status (SES) neighborhoods, with a focus on improving learning and teaching, creating an information-rich environment at schools, the implementation of a learning community, continuous professional development of teachers, the encouraged involvement of parents, and seeking increased funding and resources. Aside from working at the school site level, he has been actively engaged in multicultural education and acting as a consultant to address and ameliorate inter-ethnic tensions that exist at secondary schools. His work has been recognized by the Orange County Human Relations Commission. He currently also teaches social science and history to UCI Department of Education graduate students. It is because of his extensive background and outstanding reputation in the IUSD, as well as the wealth of knowledge he has accumulated as a principal and counselor of children, that I chose to interview him. His current full-time position is in Irvine as South Lake Middle School’s principal. He can be reached at (949) 936-6705. Our interview time, which had to be rescheduled due to conflicts, occurred Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. We had a few interruptions due to urgent phone calls he had to take where I had to step out. We would resume after each call ended, and we finished the interview at approximately 7:15 p.m. Despite his hectic calendar, he was gracious enough to not reschedule again, understanding my time constraints, and the interview lasted approximately an hour.
As much as I would have liked to discuss much more, since our time was limited, and this paper is only to be a few pages, I limited the interview topics to Principal Baron’s opinions from his knowledge and experience regarding the prevalence of sex in the media and social media and its effect on children; sexting, the typologies of juvenile offending, the treatment of juvenile offenders, victim support issues, Megan’s Law and federal policies, reporting sexual abuse and...