The following was sent to the Mirror by frustrated parents that have children that are experiencing bullying in schools. The post began on social media and eventually made it to the desk of acting principal of Occohannock Elementary School Annette Gray Thomas. Actions were taken.
So apparently, going to faculty and administration in the schools does no good in dealing with the bullies in our schools!
Before the holidays, I approached the former (update: I guess she’s still there but on leave or something??) OES Principal about the bullying problem. I was told that she had no idea there was a problem with bullying in the classroom! She also told me that the teachers and children know she has zero-tolerance for bullying and that they have programs about bullying! She told me she would talk to the teachers, investigate the bullying in the classroom, then contact me.
I NEVER heard back from her again! At that point, I was thinking this was just my child because she seemed to act shocked as if she had never heard any issues from other parents or teachers. I have recently found out from other parents that this is NOT just my child! That they have ALL spoken with the former Principal and teachers about this! That NOTHING has been done! In fact, I’m told that some educators are even AFRAID of the bullies’ parents, so they say/do absolutely nothing!
School administration seems to lump all these bullies together in ONE classroom for ONE teacher to handle!! Instead of splitting them up! As someone who has ZERO education degree (my degrees is in Business!!) but used to substitute teach, I had full control of my classroom ALL of the time!! Even the elementary and middle school Principals knew if Mrs. G was subbing, those kids listened to me… or else! I told my kids respect is EARNED in my classroom! So I’m speaking from someone with actual classroom experience!
I’m calling out ALL NCPS administration! Do something about this!! NOW!! My child who LOVES learning, who is in OM, TAG and gets honor roll HATES going to school!! She’s f* scared to go!! I am ashamed of administration for doing NOTHING about this whatsoever!! You are endangering every one of our children who have to go through this!
A very pissed off parent!
Note: Another parent sent this:
Two weeks ago, my daughter was jumped on the bus by some kids. My nine year old had to endure an all-out physical assault and defend her life. She was punched in the face, back, privates, stomach, everywhere. My tiny little five years old, Joey, tried to jump in to save his sister and got smacked around in the process. I know these kids have been punished that did this to her, but I’m here to tell you I’ll help in any way I can….it’s becoming terrorism for our kids and I have HAD enough. I’ve since taken the kids off the bus, completely.