Dohn Gives Peace a Chance

Dec 4, 2019 | News

Dohn in the News

WLW-TV’s John London reports that Cincinnati’s Juvenile Court Judge John Williams has started tracking what happens to students who make threats at school. The Court uses a tracking tool that has measured 60 school threats within Hamilton County over the past 21 months.

Bringing guns to school is a national problem. And locally, these incidents occur throughout the city. Yet, when Cincinnati thinks “problem students”, our school often comes up. For instance, John London says in the televised segment, that Dohn is a school that educates kids that society has given up on.

A Dohn student did bring a gun to school this semester. Superintendent Ramone Davenport, quoted in London’s televised segment, states “If I expel him, he’s not going to be able to go anywhere, you know, nowhere else in this city.”

Measured Responses

This student has to face the hard consequences of his actions in an upcoming court date. Yet, thanks to Superintendent Davenport, the student was suspended, rather than expelled. The student is currently enrolled in Dohn’s Night School and is on track to graduate on December 12, 2019.

At Dohn, our students face untenable circumstances related to concentrated poverty and chronic exposure to crime. Along with Hamilton County Juvenile Court and their proactive tracking of school threats, Dohn considers the occurrence of guns at school as a societal issue, requiring measured, effective, and compassionate responses.

Dohn as a Cincinnati Success Story

Above all, Dohn’s goal is to educate Cincinnati’s vulnerable youth with an education that provides pathways to life success. Over the past 18 years, we have accomplished great success with this goal through high rates of graduation and a continually growing enrollment. In addition, new programs at Dohn include our Employment Center, connecting youth with jobs, and our Creative and Performing Arts Program that helps students express their creativity in ways they have not had access to before this program started.

Dohn is a Cincinnati success story, and here, all of our students have the support to give peace a chance.

You can view and read John London’s segment, in full, here.