NEWS - SCHOOL
SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCES LOOKING BETTER
2011-07-28 11:14:13
Mustang School District finished the last fiscal year with its largest carryover reported at $7.6 mi... read more
SCHOOL LUNCH PRICES TO RISE IN THE FALL
2011-06-16 11:28:21
Mustang students will pay an additional 20 cents this fall to eat breakfast and lunch per meal in th... read more
SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEKING INPUT ON ITS FUTURE
2011-06-11 11:34:07
More than 300 patrons responded to Mustang School District officials' call for information in the fi... read more
HIGH SCHOOL BUILDINGS TO BE RAZED
2011-06-11 11:34:07
Workers will begin tearing down Mustang High School's north and south buildings next week, making ro... read more
SHELTER CLOSURE NEEDS DISCUSSION, FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER SAYS
2011-05-28 15:08:33
A former Mustang School Board member says she is frustrated by the district's decision not to open s... read more
PROGRAMS ALLOW STUDENTS TO REACH OUT, CHANGE LIVES
2011-05-26 09:43:33
Senior Jace Chestnut wasn't certain about helping out in Mustang High School's special education cla... read more
GRADUATION 2011: STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO LIVE WITH NO REGRETS
2011-05-26 09:43:33
Leaders of Mustang's Class of 2011 challenged seniors Friday to face pain, seize opportunity and liv... read more
PROJECT GRADUATION STILL NEEDS DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS
2011-05-14 13:34:06
Mustang High School Project Graduation organizers need another 15 volunteers and more donations to p... read more
SCHOOL OFFICIALS MAY HIRE SECURITY AFTER CONCERNS RAISED
2011-05-14 13:34:06
Mustang school officials are considering taking action against thieves, vandals and trespassers into... read more
DISTRICT TO ADD EXTRA CLASS PERIOD TO SCHOOL DAY
2011-05-14 13:34:06
Mustang Mid-High and high school students will take seven classes next semester — not six — as educ... read more
SUPERINTENDENT REVERSES COURSE, SAYS FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN CLASSES TO START IN FALL
2011-05-12 12:25:35
Mustang will offer full-day kindergarten this fall, Superintendent Bonnie Lightfoot told school boar... read more
MEMORIAL STONE WILL KEEP HOME ON MHS CAMPUS
2011-05-07 11:37:37
Mustang resident Johnny Jones has weeded, cleaned and cared for a memorial erected for his daughter ... read more
MUSTANG TEACHER TURNS TAPE INTO PRIZE-WINNING WORK
2011-04-30 11:44:10
Mustang Elementary teacher Kent Hathaway turned 12 rolls of packing tape into fine art, capturing th... read more
SCHOOL DISTRICT ENROLLMENT COULD HIT 10,000 BY 2016
2011-04-30 11:44:10
More than 9,000 youth are expected to squeeze into Mustang School District classrooms this fall, wit... read more
SCHOOL OFFICIALS SEE NO LAYOFFS FOR NEXT YEAR
2011-04-30 11:44:10
Mustang school employees who weathered choppy financial waters last year can feel a little safer in ... read more
SCHOOL LUNCH PRICES LIKELY TO HEAD HIGHER
2011-04-16 10:03:04
Mustang children may pay more to eat breakfast and lunch next school year, Mustang School Board memb... read more
ROAD PLAN MAY NOT EASE CONGESTION, OFFICIAL SAYS
2011-04-14 13:04:07
Mustang commuters may find themselves idling on an interstate parking lot even if cities build 630 l... read more
SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY SEEK $75 MILLION BOND PACKAGE
2011-04-14 13:04:07
Mustang school officials are considering asking voters for $75 million in a bond election next April... read more
FORMER MHS STUDENT CITED FOR VALOR
2011-04-09 11:59:11
Mustang alumnus Jason White was recently awarded the Tulsa Police Department Medal of Valor for his ... read more
PROJECT GRADUATE STILL NEEDS DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS
2011-04-07 14:40:19
More volunteers are needed to pull off Mustang's 16th Project Graduation celebration. Usually about ... read more
NEW CHEERING GROUP TO GET INTO THE SPIRIT AT MHS
2011-03-26 11:02:36
More Mustang High School students will have the chance next year to cheer the Broncos to victory wit... read more
SCHOOL DISTRICT TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT DRUG TESTING
2011-03-17 14:14:03
Mustang School District officials may again consider enacting a drug testing policy. Superintendent ... read more
MUSTANG ED CENTER'S GATLIFF NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR
2011-03-12 11:26:16
Joetta Gatliff shook her head in disbelief as she was named Mustang Teacher of the Year Thursday nig... read more
SCHOOL DISTRICT BUYS IPADS FOR BOARD MEMBERS
2011-03-12 11:26:16
Mustang School District recently purchased five Apple iPads for school board members to use. MSD Sup... read more
PARENTS WHO LOST CHILDREN REACH OUT TO MHS STUDENTS
2011-03-12 11:26:16
Christy Johnson took a long look over two Mustang sophomore students standing before her, both named... read more
DISTRICT AUDIT CLEAN
2011-03-10 13:26:06
Mustang School Board members accepted Monday night a clean audit for the 2009-2010 fiscal year with ... read more
DISTRICT MAY NEED ANOTHER GRADE SCHOOL
2011-03-05 12:56:27
A seventh elementary school could be in Mustang's not-too-distant future if the district's student p... read more
DISTRICT'S FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN STILL ON HOLD
2011-02-04 10:23:40
Mustang School District will likely fall short of offering full-day kindergarten to students by Okla... read more
HIGH SCHOOL UPGRADE NEARS MILESTONE
2011-02-04 10:23:40
Mustang High School's new wing is nearing the halfway mark, and a school official said the facility ... read more
SUPERINTENDENT GETS PAY RAISE
2011-02-19 09:41:52
Mustang School Board members voted to give Superintendent Bonnie Lightfoot a $7,600 pay boost Monday... read more
DISTRICT TACKS TWO DAYS ON TO SCHOOL YEAR
2011-02-17 12:47:38
Winter storms that closed Mustang district schools for six days will require students to go to schoo... read more
MUSTANG SCHOOL OFFICIALS OPT TO REPLACE NORTH BUILDING
2011-02-17 12:47:38
School board members voted Monday to move ahead with the design and seeking bids for a new estimated... read more
MUSTANG CREEK PRINCIPAL EARNS HONOR
2011-02-12 10:44:28
Mustang Creek Principal Meggan Wilson recently received the Administrator of the Year award for Dist... read more
SCHOOL BOARD TO CONSIDER OPTIONS FOR MAKING UP CANCELED DAYS
2011-02-12 10:44:28
All was quiet in Mustang Wednesday as communities were covered in another six inches of snow. Mustan... read more
EXPANSION EASES LUNCHTIME PRESSURE AT MUSTANG NORTH
2011-01-27 11:53:32
Mustang North students finally have space and time to eat their lunch and take a few minutes to visi... read more
NEWSPAPER IN EDUCATION PROGRAM BLOSSOMING
2011-01-21 16:12:27
The Mustang News is ramping up its Newspaper in Education program to better connect area students to... read more
ONE-THIRD OF MUSTANG COLLEGE FRESHMEN MUST TAKE REMEDIATION CLASSES
2011-01-20 12:04:42
Almost one-third of Mustang High School graduates must take remedial, zero-level classes for no cred... read more
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: MUSTANG VALLEY ADDS BREAKFAST
2011-01-20 12:04:42
Almost 200 Mustang Valley Elementary students started their day with eggs, sausage, muffins and frui... read more
SCHOOL'S NORTH BUILDING MAY BE RAZED
2011-01-13 12:16:12
Mustang High School's North Building could be demolished to make room for a new 14-classroom facilit... read more
TRIO ENTERS SCHOOL BOARD RACE
2011-01-06 10:05:02
Three candidates vying for an open seat on the Mustang School board say reasons ranging from the nee... read more
BRINGING UP BABY: TECHNOLOGY PUTS YOUTH KNEE DEEP INTO PARENTING
2010-12-19 10:19:22
Mustang senior Zach Casteel woke to the sound of a baby crying. He fed the robot, changed its diaper... read more
MAN FACING FELONY SEX COMPLAINTS PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN MUSTANG SCHOOLS
2010-12-16 11:36:45
A Yukon man arrested last week on felony sex crimes complaints worked last spring as a substitute te... read more
SCHOOL SAILS TO NATIONAL HONOR
2010-12-16 11:36:45
Mustang Elementary students cheered Friday as their school received a national honor as the Coast G... read more
MUSTANG CHEERLEADER FINDS HERSELF IN NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
2010-12-03 13:10:38
Mustang senior Kailee May took a bite out of the Big Apple performing with 700 other All American ch... read more
POLICY EXCEPTION WILL SEND CHEER, POM SQUADS TO NATIONALS
2010-11-24 14:48:48
Mustang Cheer and Pom teams will take their bids to national competitions after school board members... read more
SCHOOL OFFICIALS FEAR FUNDRAISING LETTER MAY CAUSE CONFUSION
2010-11-17 10:44:03
A Mustang youth football coach seeking help to buy gear for his 7-under team has run into confusion ... read more
SEEING RED: MUSTANG YOUTH MAKE DRUG-FREE PROMISE
2010-11-17 12:44:16
Mustang schools marked Red Ribbon Week with rallies, and children promised to live drug free. Red R... read more
WRIGHT EARNS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP POST
2010-11-17 12:44:16
Mustang senior Matthew Wright was selected as a state officer for Health Occupations Students of Ame... read more
CHARACTER
2010-11-17 12:44:16
These students were honored for showing self-discipline. Back row, from left: Carlie Hasty, Mustang ... read more
STUDENT HONORED
2010-11-17 12:44:16
Elayne Bowman nominated Anwar Jones for Mustang High School''s Student of the Week. She said, “He r... read more
PARENTS WHO LOST CHILDREN REACH OUT TO MHS STUDENTS
CAROLYN COLE
Edition:Saturday, March 12, 2011

Christy Johnson took a long look over two Mustang sophomore students standing before her, both named Jake.
Her voice cracked as she thanked them.
“I just wanted to look at you,” she told them. “I don't mean to pick you out and make you feel awkward, but my son, his name was Jake, and he was 3 when he died, so I never got to see him grow up.”
Johnson was one of three Oklahoma City-area parents who lost children in accidents who volunteered to speak as part of a Victims' Impact Panel at Mustang High School recently. The panel was timed before spring break, prom and graduation to remind teens that their actions carry consequences.
Rey Madrid and Renee Jennings also spoke to teens. All three parents told students they don't like to talk about what happened to their families, but they feel driven. Johnson said she wants to influence students.
“The only thing that matters is to try to make some kind of purpose out of my loss,” she said.
'I thought I
could fix him'
Johnson said her road to tragedy began more than a decade before her Jake was born. She told teens she had a knack of falling in love with losers because she lacked confidence in herself. When she met her children's father, he was clean — off drugs for three years.
But then he started using again. They had three children, but after 10 years of marriage, they divorced.
Johnson said she started anew. She met a nice man who later became her second husband. Her life seemed to be on the mend, and she planned to attend her 20-year high school reunion.
On that night in 1998, her daughter went to stay with friends, and her ex-husband picked up their sons.
“When I buckled my boys into the car, Garrett was 5 and Jake was almost 3,” she said. “I had no idea that would be the last time I would ever see Jake alive. You just never know.”
Johnson said she didn't know her ex-husband was driving under the influence of a cocktail of five prescription medications. When she got home from the reunion, her answering machine was filled with messages.
Her ex-husband's car had drifted over the center line into oncoming traffic. Jake was dead at the scene, and Garrett was in critical condition.
A nurse broke the news to her over the phone.
“She just blurted out the news like it was the weather report ... all I can remember is grabbing a towel because a box of Kleenex wasn't enough,” Johnson said.
She had to push Jake's death to the back of her mind as she prayed for Garrett, and she said she still feels guilty. Garrett suffered a fractured jaw, but he recovered. Today, he is a senior in high school.
If he had lived, Jake would be a sophomore.
“I have a philosophy that if I can do something to change your life, if I can do something to convince you — Don't make the stupid mistakes I did,” she said. “Don't get involved in relationships that are toxic. Don't make stupid decisions with drinking and driving, because I never ever thought it would happen to me.”
'I am still
struggling'
Six months have dragged by since Rey Madrid awoke at 3 a.m. to find an Oklahoma highway patrolman at his front door. The officer's words still echo in his ears.
“I hate to inform you there was a tragic wreck on I-40. There was a fatality, and the fatality was your daughter,” Madrid remembered. “Talk about somebody ripping your heart out. I got so numb, I didn't know if I was standing or sitting.”
His daughter died Aug. 19 when the pickup truck she was riding in collided with a parked semi-tractor trailer on Interstate 40 near Scott Street. She was 37 years old and the mother of two daughters, ages 19 and 16.
The pickup driver faces a vehicular manslaughter complaint, and Madrid said his family still has to testify in his trial.
“I know the attorney will try to put him in prison for a long time,” he said. “That's fine. He's alive. Our daughter is not. It hurts every day.”
Madrid said he struggles daily with unanswerable questions. The one that haunts him most is what more he could have done to prevent the accident.
Madrid has worked as an alcohol and drug prevention specialist for two decades. While he drank in the Air Force during Vietnam, Madrid said once he started raising his family, alcohol, cigarettes and drugs were banned in his home.
Madrid said he drummed the dangers of alcohol and drugs into his children, yet his eldest daughter still got into that truck.
“My daughter was the only one who got killed,” he said.
His daughter was a cosmetologist and a tax preparer who was planning to go back to college at Oklahoma State University. She wanted to major in veterinary science and attend class with her eldest daughter.
Instead, Madrid found himself helping his granddaughters to make funeral arrangements. His wife can't stop crying, he said.
“I can't cry,” he said. “As much as it hurts, I can't seem to cry like other people. I just carry it inside, and it's hard.”

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