It took a couple of days, but I did hear back from the Board of Education– an email from the President.
After I had not heard back from any board members, I decided to send a tweet on Twitter to the BOE president. I am on Twitter often for my job, so I thought this might attract someone’s attention from the WICSD.
After the tweet, I received this response:
Ms. Ziegler Mott:
I am using this email to reply to your communications sent primarily through Twitter. I do not “tweet” I only use the site to be part of the lives of my children and family who prefer it over email.
Regarding your concerns, please be advised that the Board of Education has great confidence in Mr. Desrosiers and the teaching and professional staff at Rogers School. I understand that you are working with him. As a board, our role is to set policy, protocol and with community support adopt the budget. All of those actions and resources are focused on learning and achievement and the creating safe environment our schools need to reach that goal.
Please understand that student discipline is a process that is progressive by design. In some circumstances the Board could be asked to review suspensions, thus I cannot comment on any specific situation or student.
I hope this communication helps clarify the position of the Board.
Thank you, on behalf of the entire Board of Education.
This is very similar to a response another mom received a couple of week’s back. Her daughter was being bullied by a boy at age 6. Instead of dealing with the BULLY, the bullying victim was sent to another district school.
This is unacceptable to me. And I have not heard from any other parents who DO find this response acceptable. Predictable? Perhaps. Acceptable? No.
Today my son came home and was quite upset. His friend, a classmate, was punched in the stomach and shoved to the ground by the very same bully who has been bothering my son. The incident occurred today at recess.
Nick and his friend checked to see if their friend was OK and ran over to tell the recess aide what had happened. According to the kids, the bully admitted what had happened, but said it was “an accident.” Were there consequences for this incident –yet ANOTHER bullying incident from this same child? NO. The recess aide told the bully to go play elsewhere, so he left to go play with other kids. There were NO CONSEQUENCES yet again. A child was first knocked to the ground and then punched in the stomach and YET AGAIN, the bully was given that message that this type of behavior is acceptable. TWO CHILDREN told an adult what happened. One child was left crying after being punched. What is it going to take for SOMETHING to be done?
*I will be contacting the child’s parents to make them aware in case he hasn’t told them.
*I will be making the school aware of this incident.
*I will keep you posted.
“All things are possible until they are proved impossible and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.”
~Pearl S. Buck
Shocking stat from the Anderson Cooper special on bullying: “In 77% in incidents, no bystanders intervened.”
Are you teaching your children to turn the other cheek or to stand up for their peers? Here is a quote that really fits this situation and it is from the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”