Its Spring Break 2013, here in this small town. I know several families very happy it is. No, not because there’s any sign of Spring mixed into the clouds and snow. Because its a break from school.
The one place we’ve always thought as parents and General Public our children were safe. Think again.
When and how exactly does a grown man decide that little girls are trash?
When and how does an entire education system, administration, peer network and city turn a blind eye?
Would it surprise you to know that in a lovely little school on a lovely little street in this lovely town a teacher has targeted one lovely little girl from each of his PE classes of which to make an example? This is now public knowledge. New to me and you. This and much more, admitted by said teacher.
Now the parents know, the children have always known and his peers and administration have known for how long?
One charming blonde child (did I mention it’s always a girl?) was picked up and dropped into the garbage can. Eight. 8 years old. Trash.
Did you hear that? A 40 something year old elementary teacher paid and commissioned to teach, protect , steward and honor your children sends the message to his charges “she is garbage” . Other actions include taking another girl’s shoes and throwing them across the gym (because she wasn’t wearing the correct pair). Now lets take this and multiply it times the ten classes he teaches at this school alone, always quiet little girls who are humiliated and bullied into further submission as “examples” to their peers.
Yes. Does anyone else find this interesting? Appalling?
Thinking, further how long has this been going on? Could this be the reason your daughter has trouble feeling safe now that she’s in middle school? Could this “lovely” example from this male role model, be why so many of the boys feel comfortable crossing others’ boundaries and bullying?
Research shows . Well Look it up. You can look around our own districts right here to see the statistics of turning a blind eye . Across the nation.
How many times have I seen this? You? Teachers , men and women, who don’t like children or blame their students for the fact that they themselves can’t teach, manage or didn’t make it to the big leagues.
Why was it that “public” discipline of this teacher has included only one day of suspension and he was back teaching PE and coaching in the same schools with the same students the very next day? Really?
Why is it when dozens of parents have questioned the safety from retaliation and further harassment of their children they were told they could be the classroom monitors. The parents? Monitoring a TSPC licensed Teacher? Really? This is not a monitoring problem folks. Even if you’d like to label it with the white wash of simply a “management style issue” he has clearly crossed every boundary of intimidation and fear. This is not going away.
The questions are endless . The repercussions to these families, several whom have rightly sought therapists for the trauma their children have undergone this school year. Several are considering home school (which I love by the way) The looks in the eyes of the parents who thought their children were safe in the school of their choice at the hands of the teacher hired to teach healthy, appropriate fun and games.
In the truer than true words of an insightful group of 8 year old Champions~
Mr., You should be fired.
Just one Woman’s opinion.
As a parent, friend, Female and Teacher, Shandra, March, 2013
Now in 2015 with a new Voice, often linking here : The Social Scene
2015 Follow up: this is s true story. As a new school year begins I’m dusting this off. As a future Administrator (candidate), current Teacher, empty nest Single- Mom please hear me: pay attention to your child. Be involved with your schools. If there are changes in your sweet little angel investigate. Do NOT let the school system staff tell you you’re over reacting (unless you really are) if you’re child or others are in danger youe ARENOT overreacting or overprotective. Do NOT let ‘the school system’ (secular or faith-based: model, magnet or private) raise your children. Do you understand?
Pay attention. Raise Holy Heck til someone listens and ACTS> You’ll be glad you did. & so will they.