As previously stated in this blog, there is a trend among some teachers to either allow student bullying under the guise of “teacher-induced peer pressure“, which is what I’m going to label that, or direct cursing and name-calling. I saw and addressed this issue in the prisons. Either offense should result in severe consequences when it is just another form of child abuse. However the problem lies in that the district often protects the teacher rather than addresses the parents‘ concerns–at least that is the case where I live.
It got so bad that a parent had her son take HER cell phone into the classroom to film the abusive behavior. When she then brought it to the attention of the principal, instead of focusing on what was done to her child, they were more concerned that the rule in the school handbook about the cell phone was violated and threatened severe consequences for her son, banned her from coming onto campus over it, etc. Listen up, people…Schools are not prisons and nor should the districts be allowed to run them as such. As long as a parent is not creating a disturbance, there is no reason why the person cannot visit the classroom. This district is trying to cover up the real problem here and that is more teachers manipulating students into bullying one another–OR they are directly bullying themselves under the sanction of the district.
This cannot be tolerated. Parents MUST speak up and start making their voices heard in the district. These people do not OWN your children! These children are not inmates and it is time to return our classrooms in this country into sanctuaries of learning. Children must be taught BY parents to report this. Parents need to sit down with their children and explain to them that teachers are NOT ALLOWED to act in a certain way.
It is time to put a stop to this and rid our districts of people who are behind it. Parents, this is the usual “chain of command” when faced with any issue requiring state involvement in TX. 1. Principal 2. Superintendent 3. School board meeting (get scheduled to speak if necessary prior to the meeting) 4. Texas Education Agency.
I promise you if TEA gets it, they won’t take the case lightly. They will investigate it thoroughly so keep recordings, journals, etc…but it is imperative that you go through the chain of command PRIOR to going to TEA. The reason many teachers still get away with this is because parents are often too afraid of being harassed by local authorities and/or administrators in their district. IT is time to fight back for the sake our the children, people. Do no tolerate it! It is the taxpayers (meaning us) that sign their paychecks with the taxes taken out every year so these issues MUST be effectively handled.
Also, someone put forth a proposal in this district to allow teachers to conceal/carry on campus this week. This is ludicrous. Until the last teacher who is bullying is gone, they are the last persons I want to see with a gun.
I am not sure what the chain of command is in other states, but it is best to follow this to avoid state boards from asking, “Why didn’t you go to (the principal, board, etc…)?” As long as you have taken proper steps prior, there should be no problem with getting this issue addressed.