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I was listening to a guy on one of those Christian family radio stations, he was warning parents of a moment of silence that was about to take place worldwide. I thought what could be so bad about a moment of silence, and then he went on to explain that it was a moment of silence against the dangers of bullying. I was still confused, because standing against bullying is, A okay in my book. Then, he says it’s in protest for the LGBT community and will be done in public schools.
Okay, still don’t have any issue with this I just feel it should not be inclusive only to LGBT I think bullying of any sort to any group is wrong period. I would have personally have broaden the message, but hey it’s their prerogative right? Any good and strong protest against an injustice is always born out of some type injustice or wrong doing on the part of some towards someone being made to feel defenseless, because of systematic inadequacies unaddressed by officials. To be quite honest it could have been a moment where Christians and the LGBT could have stood side by side and said it will not be tolerated regardless of one’s preference, religion belief, race, creed, etc.
Bullying is wrong and should not be tolerated period. But once again hey everyone has their own prerogative. I thought to myself now if they are spending this much time and energy focused on squashing a movement couldn’t their efforts be utilized in a more constructive manner in something that will help and aid both parties beneficially. I thought before you focus on that which divides you let’s find common ground, recognizing there is strength in numbers, and fight for love, respect, and greater understanding. If you for a moment turn your attention to an issue which is great such as the safety of our children, you will find a cause needing your immediate attention.
That issue is simply put as the safety and overall well-being of our children. I was disturbed to learn via my 17 year old sister that her Algebra teacher was fired a little before Spring Break because of alleged sexual misconduct with several young female students. When I tell you I turned 50 shades of angry, that is describing it lightly. Where was our parental notification? This school district literally sends out voice mails and phone calls for the simplest and minuet of things. We get calls for student’s awards days, which we also receive letters for; we get calls for early release, school cancellation, picture day, etc. But has it slipped the mind of the district to notify us that an alleged sexual predator has slipped the confines of your fortress???!!! No!!!
I have this issue of safety come up time and time again, but in the manner of speaking as parents are endangering their children, but parking on the side of the building and walking their child to the inside and hopping back in the car. What was said was they were parking on the side and letting their children walk by themselves, which was totally false. With the rise of teachers being prosecuted nationwide and especially in South Carolina, one would think the background checks would be more thoroughly down and there were psyche evaluations in?
What parent would to try to cause hard to their children if they are worth their salt?! So, parents are not notified and the irony in this case is the class has not had a teacher in that class since before April 5 and just this week received a qualified teacher and 75 percent of the students are failing. Why? Parents were not notified of this either, I will assume that this was not as important. Now they have changed their policies as far as picking your child up. They have decided that doctors, dentists, therapy, and all other appointments come secondary to their supposed quality of education. They have proposed times in which a parent is to come to pick up their child and if you do not come at those times they say you cannot get your child. Teachers are complaining that it disrupts their lecture time.
So, the five seconds its takes to tell my child to come to the office with their books interrupts your quality education right??? Do they take into account this county no longer has a hospital as a of April 20th and so some of these appointments are out of town and have to be made at the availability of the health care professional. That is not understood nor is it attempted to be comprehended, but what should I expect from a poor performing school and district. This school is a part of an F school district and the school itself received a C. I was also informed of a snake problem, a threat of shooting and school shooting attempt, a pest (RAT) problem via the child. So, I wonder where are the priorities of these officials that are running this school and this district. IS SOMEONE asleep at the WHEEL? Why is this district being run like a Mickey Mouse operation at best? If you attend the school board meeting you would understand! The behavior of supposed professionals is much less than desirable and leaves a lot to be desired. If I could only draw I would have quite a cartoon for you to enjoy.
During their debates of the district issues the loudest in the room successes. All I can say to that is something my great grandmother used to say, “An empty wagon makes a lot of noise.” Attention to detail and the meeting of deadlines is just a dream during their meetings. They don’t even remember what topics are to be discussed so it comes off as lost souls trying a make a point that is irrelevant to the point at hand. I am sure there are some intelligent board members, however, they are drowned out by other loud mouths with their own agendas and order is a thing of the past. Making your point is more important than making a difference for the children. It is sad at best. So, I ask again, where are the priorities of these supposed leaders?
They are intermingled tightly with their agendas, where the kids pay the price, for that is evident in the test scores and their yearly grades. Sometimes as parents, as activists, as community members we must band together not to attack and mutilate one another’s agendas, because that which unites us is much greater than that which divides us. One thing we can all agree own is we are parents at the end of the day and we are to protect the interest of our children and hold those accountable when needed who threaten to hurt, demean, or dehumanize the spirit of our children. We have to stand in the gap for our children, until they are mature enough and old enough to stand into the gap for themselves. You can bring about greater change, when we work together, instead being a small hit, let’s TKO the issues that matter most to us all as one and that is the safety of our children.