September 4, 2014
I sat down last night to write my latest blog post, wrote it, but couldn’t bring myself to publish it. Something just didn’t feel right. I saved the post and went to bed.
The post I wrote yesterday, but couldn’t seem to post, was about bullies and their bullying behavior. In all my years as a teacher, I have never had such a problem with bullies. Since the start of the school year, I have had more than my fair share of encounters. It didn’t dawn on me that I was experiencing an unusually high volume of bullying in my classroom, until last week at parent/teacher conferences.
No less than five (5) of my students’ parents brought up the subject of bullying. Each wanted to know what is being done about students being bullied, teased, threatened and mocked. These parents conveyed to me that it was their son and/or daughter that were the victims, and had been for at least 2 years! I was appalled, dear Readers. I was unwilling to believe that this behavior had not been otherwise stymied by the administration and the faculty, at large. I was unwilling to believe that, dear Readers, until today.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. And the good people at my school were doing absolutely nothing about the bullying problem, at least as far as I could tell. Thus, the evil has been allowed to triumph. As a matter of fact, not only has the evil been allowed to triumph, it has been allowed to thrive. How does that happen, dear Readers? Evil is allowed to thrive when the people in charge, the people that lead the charge, the role models, they are themselves, the bullies!
In the past 24 hours, I have been bullied by three of my fellow educators. In the past 24 hours, I have been bullied by three of my fellow educators in front of my students. Well, no wonder some of my students are such bullies; that is what the adults around them are modeling. No me. Each time I was confronted and the bullying commenced, I stood up for myself and said, “We can have this conversation away from the students.” In which the bully replied, “Never mind,” yet kept on trying to intimidate me. And I do know that it had an effect on my students, because inevitably after each incident, my students began teasing me for allowing another teacher to speak to me in such a way as to be bullied. Sigh.
See my dilemma, dear Readers? I cannot allow this behavior to continue, whether it be my students or the faculty. And now it’s a race against the clock. Now, dear Readers, time is of the essence. I fear I must find a solution, quickly, because today, I stumbled upon one of my being bullied boys. You know what he was doing? Yes, that’s right, he was aggressively bullying another student. (please pray for) Peace, ~v.