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Evicted and Expelled

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Monday, October 4, 605

Laney Redbird McElveen  is 41.  Kylie Smith is 17.  Dennis Tesla is 44.

Previous update about the high school / This is Kylie Smith’s first update / Kylie’s Next Update/ Next High School Update

Kylie looked down.  How do you respond, when the principal, the acting principal, says, “This is a nice school, in a nice community, with children whose parents go to work and come home, and help them with their homework.”

TS4_x64 2016-05-02 06-06-55-66“How nice for you,” went through Kylie’s head, but although she didn’t say it out loud, it gave her enough cheek to look up.

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Kylie’s mom was incarcerated, and it was her current mission in life to keep family out of the foster care system.   She was certainly not sharing that with Mrs. McElveen.  So they looked at each other uneasily.

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The officer arrived.  He seemed apologetic for being there, sensing the unease.  He knew the acting principal wanted the Smith kids evicted and expelled, everyone knew it.

“I’m just concerned for their safety,” Mrs. McElveen was explaining to him.  “They have to tell us where they are staying so we can help them.”

“Are they truant?” Officer Tesla asked.


“And they’ve had no disciplinary issues.  They come to school every day, which they have the right to do.  And they have the right to privacy,” he added pointedly.

Then he excused himself from this inquisition.  On the way out, he smiled at Kylie, “Mr. Bright said they need you in English class right away.  Something about a group project.”

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Mrs. McElveen huffed, got up, and turned her back on Kylie.  “You’re excused,” she said.

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More School Pictures

I didn’t get a whole, full school update in, but I did finish the new, expanded areas for the secondary school.

There’s a small media center.  The primary students have media once a week, when they can choose books and read.  The primary students’ other enrichment subjects are art, music, and PE.

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There’s also a computer lab in the media center.  The main uses for the computer lab are the programming elective for high school students, and virtual courses (research),  because primary students have computers in their classroom.

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Here’s the engineering shop, also an elective (handiness skill)

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The cafeteria, which also houses the culinary arts elective (baking, cooking, and gourmet cooking skills)

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Teachers’ Lounge

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Science classroom/lab for high school students (logic skill).  James Petite is the science, math, engineering, and rocketry teacher.

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And the upstairs hallway, which is between the two academic classrooms for high school, and houses the lockers for secondary students, as well as the principal’s office and the stairwell to the roof (rocketry club).

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Principal’s Office.  As head of the school board, Laney McElveen is the acting principal, but that may be addressed at a future board meeting due to her unethical handling of the Smith family FERPA rights.

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English, Social Studies, and Foreign Language classroom.  Students work on their writing and charisma skills in these subjects, as well as read books.  Mr. Bright is the teacher for these subjects and the Senior Class Advisor.  The only thing I moved out of the classroom were the skeleton and the science posters.

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Here’s a related issue to homeless or unaccompanied youth– undocumented immigrants being refused to be able to enrolled in high school, which is against the law.

The Rights of Unaccompanied Youth in school




10 Comments so far:

  1. meowfaze says:

    The school looks great. Very nice.

  2. chealsycat says:

    Nice school!
    But I don’t like the principal for some reason. (Maybe I’m wrong.)

    • The principal’s concern is not for the well-being of these students. She’s “acting principal” because the school’s too small to have a paid principal; she isn’t trained as an educator, but is a politician, the chairperson for the school board. A lot of people are very unhappy with her treatment of this family. In the US there are laws to protect homeless children and unaccompanied youth and she isn’t paying them any attention. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Carla says:

    The school looks amazing, Shannon! I’m so impressed. One thing I’ve always meant to ask, being as out of the loop on TS4 as I am, is how much CC you use? Is this all EA stuff, mostly CC, a roughly equal mix of both?

    Poor Kylie and her family, having to finish school under Laney’s guidance. It doesn’t look like she’s going to make things at all easy for them and they really do need someone to be looking out for them. But hopefully, Elise can be that person for them, assuming they do end up living with the Petites.

    • Thanks, Carla! Actually, clutter and items are, in my opinion, a strength of TS4. I don’t use any CC for objects, just some facemasks, hair, and Jada’s family’s skintone, because the dark skintones are so grey looking. But all the objects in my game, so far, are EA. There are tons of great objects out there for TS4, as well, but I just haven’t felt that the risk of using them was worth it yet, to me.

      Laney’s definitely overstepped her bounds here and is at least acting ignorant of the law. I expect at next month’s school board meeting she will be removed from her position. But they do need someone else looking out for them, I agree, and it might be James and Elise. Kylie is a senior, and really smart, and she’s pretty much given up on college right now because she doesn’t see how else to provide for her family than to work and protect hem herself.

  4. I am glad to see that her position as principal could be up for review, because she seems way more concerned about keeping up community appearances than making sure those kids get an education.

    Your school looks so great! I especially love what you’ve done with the science room.

  5. Thanks, Laura! Amazingly enough, I’ve found there are some people even in RL who feel that some kids should go elsewhere and let someone else educate them. But the Smith’s are not even causing a behavior problem, at least for now.

  6. maisie says:

    Ugh, every time you show bits of your schools, I go crazy!!! I really need to find all your photos that you’ve shared, and open up my school. I have a whole area that needs finished, and you really inspire me to get it done. I am also shocked that this is all TS4!!! I really thought there had to be some CC in there, so much great clutter to fill in your schools. Just amazing! I really love the details you have placed and the layout, very academic.

    And wow, I think they need a new acting principal. I’m glad that they have people standing up for them and their right to be in class. Even when things are against the law, if someone isn’t on your side, you really can get stuck being a victim. Not everyone has the money to go to court, or the time, as it’s no speedy process. I like that you are using these real life scenarios and bringing them to attention in your story.

    • Thanks, Maisie!! Yours and Carla’s schools are my main inspiration, so that’s ironic! TS4 has done a great job with clutter and realistic objects, I think it really shines there. When I’m writing about Laney and what she’s doing to the Smiths, sometimes I think, this seems really unrealistic, no one would be this ridiculous or cruel, but then I hear about real life cases and so any lack of realism is from my writing, not from a lack of real life examples, I guess.

      Thanks for reading, and commenting!

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