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To the editor:
Sitting back listening to parents and students has one asking the question.
It also gives a shock and a big wow. From a few teachers to a large body of students is a huge shock on the bullying and disrespect. And this is something that troubles me as a parent, a grandmother and an aunt. As well as it will shock others’ family members as well. No 1: What has happened to the no bullying rule? From what I understand from certain ones the teachers and students do not follow this anymore. I had a student tell me one of the teachers has stated to her she is only coming to school to get her check and that she will never amount to anything. And this child has a learning disability. Why would a teacher even state such a rude remark to a child?
No. 2: Some teachers are not stopping the bullying that is going on in school. From what I gathered, if the kid that starts it is the innocent one and if another who is being bullied gets the back-end of the bullying, the bully gets the lighter end by being sent home for a few days. The one bullied gets sent home for a longer stretch and is not allowed to do the school work that they are missing while on suspension. What is missing here?
I know time has changed but, wow. This makes you think. Do we need to look further into what is going on with the kids and teachers? Yes, some kids are bad and some teachers have their moments with this day and age. I applaud the teachers that do try to do their jobs. But there seem to be a few that cannot be applauded.
It takes a village and when we entrust kids to teachers we are hoping that they will look after all kids no matter what their background is or their disability. But for the ones being targeted, it is not fair for the learning disabled kids and kids of low income. How is this fair? If we as a village do not speak up then who will?
Children need to be held accountable for their actions as well as the teachers. But never downcast or count a child out. Sometimes a teacher needs to ask a question before condemning a child. There could be an issue going on with the child. Learning disabled children have it harder because every day is a struggle for them trying to keep up or trying to fit in. For a disabled child, the same applies. These are the ones that need to be protected and also low income kids. Their struggle is much harder. We as a village need to show kindness and compassion and teach that to the kids and adults as well. When a village foundation starts to weaken it’s not long before the whole village falls.