Browsing Archive: February, 2012

UNDER CONTROL

Posted by Tim Moss on Tuesday, February 28, 2012,

Think it was that recent article on GSS in the TRIBUNE that I read the "plan" is to help agitated (!!) youth calm down by providing them a room containing, of all things...



BEAN BAG CHAIRS and...



...NERF BALLS??!

Great idea, uh-huh... oh, yeah.  That'll calm 'em down, sure thing.  Just what they need.  More comfort.  More toys.  More coddling.  Then, when they get out of the security cell they can go back to abusing/maiming thier peers and staff.  One should not lose sight of the fact that these...


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LEAD, FOLLOW, OR... ???

Posted by Tim Moss on Monday, February 20, 2012, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 

...or WHAT?  Basicly, if no one's in charge, things just sort of flop around, headless, without purpose or reason.  Remind you of any State School you work at?



Leadership isn't something that can be faked real well, unless your bark is seen as worse than your bite.  Empty threats and promises soon fail to impress anyone, but some will try to get away with fuss and bluster as long as they can.  Overall, it's a losing proposition, and makes a "leader" look like a toothless tiger.  Who would foll...


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ADULT PRISONS ARE NOT NICE PLACES

Posted by Tim Moss on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : SNAFUS 

Here's some examples of what happens in the Real World Of Adult Incarceration -- not the bubblegum lockup that GSS has become.  If the kids only knew...







Consequences?  Control?  You bet.  Is it appropriate... or right?  Perhaps not.  Sometimes a person's "rights" end at the beginning of another person's knuckles, and if so, well... too late, too bad!  That's real life for ya and the kids locked up at Giddings NEED to understand there may be worse consequences for their actions than what they r...


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The 90 Day "Action Plan"

Posted by Tim Moss on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : SNAFUS 

After having read it all over, I've come to the simple conclusion that it ain't gonna fly, y'all.  Sorry to burst yer bubbles.


Reason? The Plan doesn't actually address what the CORE PROBLEM is on campus -- the need for accountability at all levels.  As the picture below illustrates, the problem starts AT THE TOP.



Call it what you will, but I see this "plan" mainly as a re-hash of previous promises and failed intentions.  Oh sure, it comes with the BEST of INTENTIONS and LOOKS GOOD on paper... ...


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READY FOR A NEW "PLAN"?

Posted by Tim Moss on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 

OK, I'll bite -- it's looking like there's some kind of "plan" in the works, a 90 day plan, no less, that will be put in place to get GSS back on the track of doing right by the kids and staff... so I'm hoping.  Details will be coming in soon, and I'll eagerly be examining them for viability.  All I can say is, I hope whatever it is -- it works.

I do know of some approaches that work better than bribery, coddling, and excusing from responsibility.  Just about ANYTHING OTHER than the way things...


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ONE MONTH POST GSS

Posted by Tim Moss on Thursday, February 9, 2012, In : POST-EMPLOYMENT 

Time sure does fly.  Seems like a long, long time ago that I last stepped through the gatehouse.  I left when I did because it seemed like things had bottomed out and weren't likely to get any better... and I wasn't ready to take the chance that they MIGHT any time soon.  Guess I was just at the end of my rope and decided to let go.



It was a matter of deciding to gut it out and just put up with things as they were, or, to strike out and forge a new life.  It wasn't easy to give up on all the t...


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REUNION

Posted by Tim Moss on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, In : WHO'S STOOPID? 

An amazing occurance happened this past weekend.  Wife Irene and I were at the San Antonio Flea Mart, selling tattooing equipment, and who should walk up and ask "Do you remember me, Mr. Moss?"  Well, I just about crapped my britches!!  There was "R.M.", an ex-inmate who I had the pleasure of working with on Dorm 6.

RM had changed somewhat... his hair was longer and he'd put on a few pounds -- but sure enough, it was the same kid I used to know.  He, like many other of his Hispanic brothers, a...


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