To stop bullying, you need to start at the top

Everyone knows that bullying is bad, and it seems to be getting worse now that social media is involved. However, in order to stop bullying in schools, you need to start at the top of the food chain, the principal. That person should be setting an example of how to behave in a non-bullying way, and that should trickle down to the students.

Well, things hardly ever happen the way they should. In a local school, I have witnessed and been on the receiving end of bullying by a principal. In fact, the entire world can read about how he bullied a recent graduate by threatening to end his Naval career before it even started….(http/::trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com:2013:06:texas-school-district-apologizes-after-muting-valedictorians-speech.html:) Long story short, this incident involved the school not following federal laws for freedom of speech. They say they were not aware.

This is not hearsay, it actually happened and the district had to apologize for his outrageous remarks. So how is any student going to learn how to stop bullying when the principal is doing it too?

One thing bullies like to do is intimidate and push people around, in order to get their way. When a parent voices a concern about the safety of their children in school, a principal should take those concerns seriously and not falsely accuse that parent of false information and slander. Aren’t principals supposed to protect the children at their school? That behavior is bullying, not helping.

My concern is: why is this man still a principal? It is way too hard to remove bad teachers and administrators, especially when they need to be removed immediately. I am a certified teacher, and know that there are always 3 sides to every story. Teachers should also not be fired for complaints by parents that don’t parent (that is another issue for a later date). However, when there is an obvious pattern of bullying behavior, something must be done to stop it.

I am not going to stand by and let this little man make me feel bad for protecting my kids. Never, ever get in between a mama bear and her cubs……

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