Town Hall Meeting
30 Apr 2003
Time:
08:41:43

Town Hall Comments

April30, 2003 I think that parents need to be at the school and involved in the PTSA and all other school board meetings. Don't be afraid to voice your opinion and beliefs to the school administrators and if that doesn't work go to higher authorities. Get a group of parents together who believe in the same ideals and let your voice be heard. Write an article in the newspaper. But most of all the parents and grandparents need to be involved and going to the school. Good luck. Sharon in Spokane


Town Hall Meeting
30 Apr 2003
Time:
12:25:37

Town Hall Comments

I am a mother of three, and a grandmother of three, I see this happening more and more. I wish I had the answer's too, but I don't. I see my grandchildren get so angry over little things, and they will fight with one another on a drop of a hat. If there is anyone with answers out there please let me know.


Town Hall Meeting
30 Apr 2003
Time:
13:46:54

Town Hall Comments

Gramma I don't know where you went to school and I don't know where you were when your children were in school. Bullies have been in school for many years. I went to school in the 40s and 50s. Girls didn't need an education. They were supposed to need an education. They were supposed to grow up get married, have babies and be the happy little homemaker. Men were the bread winner, they needed the education. My mother told me if a teacher ever hit me to get up and walk out. The day a teacher hit me I walked. By the end of the week we had a new teacher.I don't think another teacher ever hit another child in that school. In high school I had a History teacher, on the first day of class walked in looked around and pointed to 6 student and stated " get out of this class before the end of the term because I will flunk you. I was one of the 6. The next day there were 5 less student in his class. He came in one day and said I want someone to argue with me.Since no one would volenteer. I was selected. His statement that day was "Laws were made to be broken". My answer was "Laws are made for the protection of innocent people. He promptly threw me out of class again. By the end of the term I got a C and he was looking for a new job. We didn't have the bullie kids in school. We had teachers that were rude and made belitteing comment to females in poticular or males to get their attention. I see they are still teaching rules are ment to be broken or bent in schools today. Where were you when your children were in school. The first teacher that stated to my I couldn't possibally know anything about my child because she was raising him. I offered to pack his suitcase and move him to her house and let her have the bill that went with him. I went through many such confrontations with teachers reminding them each time they were there to educate not intimidate. As they got into Jr High school each were attacked by another child and I was back in school giving any and principal,dean of boys or girls an opportunity to take care of it. When I was told " I don't know what you want me to do about it" I gave them two choices 1. Since the dist. is responsibal for the safety of my child to and from school he could either strichten the kid out or I would. 2. I would go to the PD sign the complaint. He then could explain to the other parent why they were picking the child up at juvenil hall and he could answer my complaint to the School Dist and the School Board for insuring my childs safety. He opted for the 1st. The kid was told ifm he ever hit my child again he would be explaining to his parents why they were in juvenil court. Every child is tought to call 911 or tell the teacher if their Mom or Dan should dicipline them. That started when my children were in school. I can assure you God is in school. I'm not to sure which god it is. Controll is a big factor. Why are the kids not telling their Parents? Why arn't the parents doing something about it. There is a line between diciplin and abuse.Wide or fine? And who is doing the coping out? Our Tax dollor is paying for people that don't want to take the responsibility for the job. How do you think Hitler established his Youth Group? Parents had better start taking back their rights to raise their children. Did you vote for that fellow that said he was raising your child. He is there to establish a standard of education. Parents are there raise their child before a they become foster children. Teach you daughters to cross their leg instead of their fingers and get an education. Teach you sons to keep their pants zipped and get an education. I was a working single mother at the time my children were in school. I'm not sitting here worrying about my grandchildren. That's their parents responsibility and believe they aren't afraid of the school district or the school board. A copy of the state educational code is available at the State Board of Education in every state. Don't expect everyone else to do it for you. I worked hard, My children work hard, I earned my retirement, and I do not intend to raise any great-grandchildren. I'm off to Europe to spend their inheritance. Laws are not made to be broken any more then guns kill people. People kill people and Hitler killed a lot of them. God is alive and well, I talk to him all the time and he still tells me He helps those that help themself.


Town Hall Meeting
30 Apr 2003
Time:
15:34:50

Town Hall Comments

Dear Concerned Grandma, It is sad to hear that children that are "different" should be treated way. I believe in zero tolerance in bullies in school. Perhaps you and other concerned relatives and friends of this community can contact your state represenative. Children should not be afraid to go to school! A concerned parent. Ms. Christina Kanatas Downers Grove, Il


Town Hall Meeting
30 Apr 2003
Time:
17:45:57

Town Hall Comments

we never knew our daughter was abused by a female highschool bully . Our daughter never told us because she was threatened by the bully never to tell. Our daughter later became an abused wife . She died 18 months ago of cancer. A terrible death for a young 39 year old mather of two dear babies. She was filled with such low self esteem that she prayed to get sick just to keep her spouse away from her. She never thought she would die. She reamined quiet since she was a young teen. How do these bullies continue to rage and defile our childern's lives.We nevre knew about this abuse until our child died. Our younger daughter told us about this bully. She was also bullied at teh same high school. She was never able to use the bathroom because the bullie roamed the bathrooms. I just saw Dr. phil on tv today .He has his son visiting schools and talking about the high incidence of abuse in our public and private schools.


Town Hall Meeting
30 Apr 2003
Time:
19:20:22

Town Hall Comments

To begin, I would like to commend this Grandmother for even taking an interest in the well-being of her granchild. So many grandparents these days are so detached from their grandchildren that it is a wonder that the world has any wisdom to pass on. I was raised on the concept that "it takes a village to raise one child" and truly it does. I must also say to her to remember that in His infinite wisdom, God has a plan for all things. Her grandsons' notice of the wrongs in this particular school system may be the catalyst for change. "Prayer can go where people can't; it can reach the deepest valley, heal the most severe of hurts, and it can save the most lost soul".... One more thing, those young men who chose alternate routes of completing their education did not "manage" to do those things. The Lord BLESSED them to go forth. He is your Father and he knows all things are for the good of those who serve Him. Be Blessed in Each and Every Day, Dayna M. Graham


Town Hall Meeting
30 Apr 2003
Time:
22:31:51

Town Hall Comments

I can relate to this grandmothers concern for her grandson, I have a 15 year old son who is experiencing the same thing. He is the new kid from another state and we moved to one of those "good ole boy" towns. Now, my son is no angel, but he is a typical 15 year old, trying to make his way through high school, make new friends and try to carve a niche for himself in a new community. Needless to say, every time something goes wrong around here, they blame him. We have had a few run-ins with the law, and they put the sole blame on my son, and even though the fingerprints were lifted from several other teenagers, they blame my son alone. They have tried to get him kicked out of school, get him arrested, they have gotten him beat up by older guys at school, they start trouble and my son gets all of the blame. It is to the point I may pack up and leave this little town, because growing up is hard enough without having the whole town against you. But my son wants to stay- he says he is stronger than that and will not let these people beat him. I have to give him credit on that one! A Very concerned Mom! PS. THANK YOU FOR A PLACE TO SAY THIS!


Town Hall Meeting
01 May 2003
Time:
04:16:39

Town Hall Comments

well gramma, i think ya better start doin somethin other than just prayin! the only way to git a reaction to a reaction is to git of your everlovin and go to the school board change who is in that school before it is tooooooo late and you do have a situation like columbine! don,t leave it to every one else do somethin about it. you can voice here you can do it there.that,s the problem now adays everyone leaves it to everyone else and prays. prayer works but it NEEDS HELP BEFORE SOMETHIN HAPPENS AND THEN YA SAY AFTER SOMETHIN DOES HAPPEN YA SAY I WISH I HAD DONE SOMETHIN. HAVE COURAGE STICK UP FOR HIM BACK HIM BE THERE FOR HIIM AND DON,T ALLOW EVIL TO TAKE OVER CAUSE THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPENIN HERE. COURAGE IS THE TICKET AND GIT EVERYONE OF THE PARENTS BACKIN YA TOO. AND MAYBE SOME TEACHERS. STOP BELLYACHIN AND DO SOMETHIN ABOUT IT. YOUR A GRANDMOTHER ACT LIKE ONE. NO ONE DUBS WITH MY OWN!!!!! I PITTY EM.


Town Hall Meeting
01 May 2003
Time:
12:32:04

Town Hall Comments

Very good. I feel the same way. We should intervene where we sense there might be trouble. And we should never be afraid to stand up fpr what is right. We should always stand for what God has told us to do and we should encourage young folks when they do what is right. Even though we may be critized for doing right, remember they cnnot see the big overall picture. Our reward is ahead and we just might be the one who changes or saves a life because we encourage someone.


Town Hall Meeting
01 May 2003
Time:
12:53:17

Town Hall Comments

I have a young lad in high school. This is his 2nd year in high school. His first year was very much like all other students. All bullied by one or more students. (All students seem to have had an experience similar to bull ying or being bullied. So what's wrong here? I'm not claiming I know the answer. I can only share my experience & the good results. It seems that the class my son attends before his regular classes at high school has solved the problem. This special class he attends at 6:00AM every morning before school has given him an inner strength as well as an ed ucation about the bullies of this world. Letting him know that he is doing all that he can to do what is right. And "that's the important thing!" To believe in himself; feel good about himself; to love every single person as a child of our Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father loves all his children. But my son doesn't have to like the things that other students do that are not correct. Because of his not pointing a finger at his fellowclass mates. They tolerate my son & his weakness's too. There is a humbleness in my son's attitude toward his fellow man. And a strength to turn the other cheek. In news clips: those that committed school shootings or other violent acts were also victims of BULLYINGS! We so-o need to learn to love everyone And it has to start at home. If not maybe there's a class before school starts that will give our fellowstudents a healthy attitude for the day that will last a lifetime. Maybe prevent wars between nations.


Town Hall Meeting
01 May 2003
Time:
20:15:38

Town Hall Comments

Dear Grandma; I say get the filth out of T.V. and we will all be better off. I feel T.V. filth is the cause of many troubles in our country. Get prayer and respect for God back in our Schools and things will begin to get better. Gr. Gr. Grandma.


Town Hall Meeting
01 May 2003
Time:
23:19:22

Town Hall Comments

Society has become a rough place to live. In Las Vegas, NV we now have security guards roaming the halls of Jr. Highs, and High Schools. Too bad that prayer has to be removed from schools instead of bullies!


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
05:28:59

Town Hall Comments

What a truly sad society we live in today. Greedy and unhappy. Allow children a loving childhood. Children want to grow up FAST and their guardians want them to. PLEASE stop teaching children about EVERYTHING......let them experience tender years and grow in grace and kindness. Unfortunately many believe an adult mind is best for a 7 year old, a 9 year old or a 14 year old but hold on now! At 28, 35 or 40 ONE MUST BE YOUNG AND LIVE! Party on!!! No responsibilities, just fun, fun, fun. WHERE DO MOST FIND THEIR HAPPINESS? I personally believe God should be in our homes and schools.........and for the most part, television is pure garbage. AS FOR THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, hire ONLY those dedicated to teaching, who teach math, science, history etc. NOT take over the duties of parents.......NOW THERE'S A PROBLEM that should never have started! Enjoy family and friends and laugh often. (I put God first.) Simply use common sense. Which of course is almost unheard in these latter decades. We CAN make our world perfect..........one family at a time. P.S. To the grandmother who started this chain of reaction, if good men do nothing evil gets to exist...(this is a near quote) I would like to see your original letter and all comments forwarded to EVERY school and to the leaders of our nation. God bless us all.


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
09:13:42

Town Hall Comments

To the parents and grand parents out there---How many of you can afford to sue the School Dist? Will it improve the next generation with less money going for improving the standard of education and more money going insurence? My children wern't perfect by any means but at least they could talk to me. They have learned the "Tell them what they want to hear game" When they came home with the complaint about the teacher that was cussing or being disrespectful to them or other students. I asked for the names and ph# of 5 kids they went to school with. I was not accusing my child of fabricating a story. I mearly wanted to assure myself that more then one child was preceiving the word in the same manner. Abussive language or cussing is unacceptable regardless of wheather it is from a child or an adult and poticularly from a teacher or school official. I learned It did no good to call the school and issue a complint over the phone. I learned that they would tell me what they thought I wanted to hear. We'll take care of it. Sure they would. Nothing was done except the teacher got a slap on the hand and she went back to class and took it out on my child with continuing the same thing and down grading his report card.


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
09:54:26

Town Hall Comments

Like the Gramma goig to Europe (wish I could afford that) There is a state code available from the state board of education and wheather you are a union member or not. The Teachers Union can only protect a teacher so far. They can't protect them from their use of fowl lenguage. If you get the "We'll take care of it" from the school, make sure you have a few more parent to back you up, and file a written complaint with your school principal with copies forwarded to the District Office,Local Board of Education, The County Borad of Education, The State Board of Education, and The Teachers Union.


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
10:19:09

Town Hall Comments

Well so far I've managed to hit the wrong button twice.I do hope the messages get posted. To accomplish anything you have to be willing to put it in writing and mail it. With copies going to every level of Education and To The Teachers Union. So to all you Union Members out there. I'm sure you all know how far the Union will back you when your wrong or you are in violation of your contract. Test the Teachers Union and find out how far they will back the unacceptable conduct of the Teachers. Calling the school hasn't done you much good. Put it in writing individually or as a group. Make sure you have enough parents that are as disgrundled as you are. Stop the abuse at Kindergarten and maybe more of these children will be able to make it through school without fear. If you continue to be afraid of the system that you Taxes are paying for what are you projecting to you children???? Tenure can only go so far. Enough said!


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
10:25:17

Town Hall Comments

=\\\\I REALLY WONDER PEPPER AND EVERYONE ELSE??? WHAT IS GOIN ON WITH THIS WORLD THAT PARENTS ARENM,T PARENTS ANYME AND GRANDMOTHERS HAVE TO HAVE HELP TO FIGURE IT OUT??? WHO IS THE ADULT HERE YOU OR THE KIDS.? WHO,S RUNNIN WHO?? KIDS ARE GONNA PUSH YA TO THE LIMITS SO DO ANIMALS THERE ISN,T MIUCH DIFFEREENCE WHEN THEY UNDERSTAND WHO IS BOSS!! I SET, 1 ONE TIME NICE SECOND TIME A GOOD COLD HARD VOICE, THIRD TIME HE,S GOT A BUTT YOU GOT A HAND USE IT. IT AIN,T NEVER KILLED A KID YET! IT,S CALLED RESPECT LIMITS AND UNDERSTANDIN THAT THAT IS THE WAY IT IS AND THEY BREAK EM THEY KNOW HOW FER THEY CAN PUSH!.YA DON,T HAE TO BEAT EM TA DEATH, BUT I BET THEY,LL THINK BEFORE THEY DO THE NXT TIME. WHAT,S THE MATTER WITH PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS?? YOU GONNA LET THE STATE COME IN AND TAKE EM CAUSE Y DON,T DO NOTHIN NOW WHEN THEY GO OUT AND DO JUST WHAT THEY WANT WHEN THEY GIT 15-16 AND THEIR REALLY RUUNIN YOU???? THEIR STARTIN NOW., WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU??? I,VE HAD HORSES ALL MY LIFE I LOVE THEM MORE THAN MOST HUMANS I,VE SEEN, IF I DIDN,T CONTROL THEM THEY COULD KILL ME. THEIR A BIG ANIMAL YOU DON,T SET LIMITS WITH THEM YOUR REALLY IN TROUBLE BUT AT THE SAME TIME YOU CAN SHOW EM YA LOVE EM. WHY NOT WITH KIDS???? DONT LET THEM RUN YOU. START SETTIN LIMITS FOR ALL AND DON,T TREAT ONE DIFFERENT FOROM THE OTHER OR THEY,SS SEE THAT TOO. THEIR SMARTER THAN WHAT YOU THINK. RULES FOR ALL AN AFTER A WHILE IT WILL SINK IN THAT THE RULES AND THE FANNY ARE ONE! GIT IT TOGETHER BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE THIS IS WHY KIDS DO WHAT THEY DID AT COLUMBINE NO STRYCTURE, NO RULES NO LIMITS NO ONE THAT PROBABLY GIVES A DAMN OR THEY START GITTIN INTO DRUGS EARLY. USE TO BE THE MOTHER DID STAY HOME. IT WAS THE WORST THING THAT DID HAPEEN WHEN WOMEN DID HAVE TO GO TO WORK CAUSE THE BABYSITTER HAS TO TAKE CARE OF EM. DO THEY REALLY GIVE A DAMN WHAT THE KIDS DO??? UNLES THEIR RELATIVES. BUT THAT IS WHEREIT ALL STARTED. AND FAMILEIS NOT DOIN THINGS TOGETHER HUNTIN FISHIN CAMPIIN. I DID WITH MINE WHEN HE WAS IN DIAPERS AND STILL NOW AND HE,S 28. HE,LL CALL ME UP AND SAY MA, WANT TO GO SHOOTIN? HUNTIN? FIND OUT WHAT HTHEIR LIKES ARE AND SHAREIT WITH EM. DO THINGS WITH EM. THEY NEED THAT MORE NOW THAN EVER. AND IT,S THE SIMPLEST THINGS IN LIFE THAT ARE FREE AND THE MOST REWARDIN AND LOVIN. AND THEY WILL REMEBER THESE THINGS. MINE DOES. I,M GLAD I DID THESE THINGS WITH CLIFF CAUSE I,M NOT IN GOOD SHAPE NOW, AND I HAVE LIMITS. I DON,T LIKE IT BUT I DEAL WITH IT AND I DO WHAT ICAN SO,S CLIFF AND I CAN DO STILL DO THESE THINGS TOGETHER. THAT,S WHAT HOLDS A FAMILY TOGETHER. I GUESS I RUN MY MOUTH ENOUGH BUT I BROUGHT MY SON UP THE ONLY WAY I KNEW HOW, I TRAINED HIM JUST LIKE I DID MY HORSE DOG FERRETSS WITH LOVE, A SWATS ON THE ASS AND TIME SPENDIN. AND MOST AOF ALLL LIMITS. I COULDN,T OF ASKED FOR A BETTER SON THEN OR NOW.


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
10:25:32

Town Hall Comments


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
11:35:32

Town Hall Comments

TO TURN THE OTHER CHEEk" SORRY BUT I WONDER IF MAYBE YOUR SETTIN THESE KIDS UP FOR A GOOD FALL BY TURNIN THE OTHER CHEEK? YOU EVER DEALT WITH BULLIES IN SCHOOL??? DIDN,T UNTIL YA STUCK UP FOR YOURSELF AND LET THEM KNOW YOUR NOT GONNA TAKE IT DIDIT STOP?? HOW OLD ARE YOU?? BULLYIN BACK IN MY DAYD IS A FAR CRY FROM WHAT IT IS NOW AND WHEN MY SON WENT TO SCHOOL!! AND THESE KIDS! THEY ARE USIN GUNS NOW! YOU MIGHT PUT HIM IN THERE TO MAKE HOIM FEEL GOOD ABOUT THIMSELF WELL THAT,S ALL FINE AND GOOD. BUT DO THE KIDSW GO THAT NEED IT THE MOST GO TO THAT CLASS?? THEY NEED TO HEAR IT. BUT YOU NEED A REALITY CHECK HERE. THE MINUTE YOUR KID STEPS OUT OF THAT ROOM THE WHOLE THING STRTS ALL OVER AGAIN FOR YOUR KID. THOSE KIDS DON,T FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES WHETHER IT COMES FROM OTHERS BULLIYIN THEM THEIR HOME LIFE AND THEY WANT TO MAKE YOUR KID FEEL AS MISERABLE AS THYE DO. THAT,S THE ONLY WAY THEY KNOW. TO GIT ATTENTION TO FEEL SOMETHIN, BECAUSE THEY DON,T FEEL, THEY HAVE EITHER NO ONE TO CARE FOR OR THEY DO TOO MUCH AND IT ISN,T RETURNED, OR THEY JUST DON,T VCRARE ABOUT ANYTHIN OR ANYONE ANYMORE BECAUSE THEY,VE FELT THIS FOR SO LONG. IT DEPENDS ON WHAT STAGE THEIR AT. THEN AFTER YOUR KID GIT OUT OF THAT CLASS AND FEELIN GOOD, DOESN,T MEAN THE BULLIE DOES. HE COULD HAVE A GUN AND SHOOT HIM. THE GUNS AND COLUMBINE AND THESE SITUAIONS ARENOT GOIN AWAY. I WOULD WANT MY KID TO STICK UP FOR HIMSELF. FIGHT IF TO GIT THAT GUN AWAY FROM THAT KID IF HE HAD A CHANCE HE MIGHT SAVE HIS LIFE NAD HIS FELLOW CLASSMATES. GIT HIM TRAININ TO PROTECT HIMSELF IF HE NEEDS IT. BUT FOR GOD SAKES GIVE HIM COURAGE.NOT MAKE him a wimp. LEARN HIM TO DO WHAT HE HAS TO IN THIS LIFE. IF HE DON,T STICK UP FOR HIMSELF ARE YOU GONNA BE THERE TO DO IT ALL HIS LIFE WHEN A SITUATION LIKE THIS COMES UP?? AND YOU AREN,T THERE.I KNOW IF SOMEONE IS COMIN AFTER ME I,M NOT JUST GONNA STAND THERE AND TAKE IT. I,LL GO DOWN FIGHTIN FOR WHAT,S RIGHT AND WHAT I BELIEVE IN LIFE LIBERTY AND THE PURSUITE OF HAPPINESS NAD NO BULLIES. THAT IS WHY WE HAVE WAR CAUSE WE WON,T ALLOW ANYONE TO INFRINGE ON OUR RIGHTS ABN FREEDOMS. THESE KIS HAVE PROBABLY NEVER SENCED THE FACT THEY COULD CHANGE. THEY NEVER HAD A CHANCE OR NO ONE HAS NEVER WANTED EM. PEOPLE KIDS ANIMALS ALL AHVE LIMITS. THEY FEEL CO RNERED THEY,LL COME OUT FIGHTIN. YOUR TURN THE CHEEK ATTITUDE JUST MIGHT FIND THAT ONE DAY YOUR KID IS GONNA HAVE ENOUGH anger in him from buildin up in years of abuse,by allowin others to put him down beatin on him and whoever said words can never hurt me is an idiot. he,s not human. cause words are the worst thing that does hurt. i was physically abused mentally abudes and i,d of rather been hit so oi could protect my self rahter than words anyday. i,m not feelin sorry for myself it,s just fact. to help you. lifes too short to be miseraboe/ but if he keeps holdin his feelins in and compreesin em,in time, this could have its affects.i know god is good and we try to do right but their are times when ya have to do what you can to live.your boy blows, AND HE COULD TURN INTO ONE Othose kids and kill. so why don,t you grow up and do somethin for the kid now before it,s too open your eyes so he can.


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
11:53:32

Town Hall Comments

YES FINALLY! to the one who wrote the article on the state should have never been able to come into our lives and try to run our home!!!! yessa! you got it!! that,s what i say too. they tried it with me only once!!! i told i don,t think so george. your right i do spank my child and i bet when he,s 15-16 i won,t have a juniville delingquent on my hand either. i asked em you wanna bet?? and i said you ain,t comin in here tellin me how to raise my son. and they knew better!! you crawl down to em and alow it they,ll do it. control and power go together nad if they feel your one that will COW DOWN THEY,LL RUN YOUR LIVES IN ANYWAYS THEY CAN. THEY LOVE IT THRIVE ON IT. THAT,S ALL THEY KNOW. JUST LIKE THESE BULLIES. AIN,T NO DIFFERENT. IT,S LIKE IF A KID SEE,S THEY,LL DO. IF a kid see,s you not have courage, then he won,t if he does, it will make him string and to believe in somethim just like church love god anything more power to ya. fisrt comman senze person i,ve seen on here.


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
12:05:01

Town Hall Comments

suing the school??? go to the school board. they don,t do somethin take that step. git a lawyer and do it. but if any one in that school biard has kids they,ll git rid of her. you got a newspaper?? use that. run your mouth.the more parents git together the more it will change. poeple, parents don,t realize just what the power you have! use it if it,s all for the good. your the ones suppose to be in control here. don,t ALLOW TEACHERS THAT ARE RUDE PREJUDICE AND FAVORITEITISM BE ALLOWED IN YOUR SCHOOL!!! I,VE SEEN THAT WITH ME AND MY SON ALSO. THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN CURE THIS IS YOU PARENTS! YOU TAKE OVER THE POWER AND CONTROL SITUATIONS


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
12:29:36

Town Hall Comments

GO JUANITA DON,T KNOW IF I SPELLED IT RIGHT BUT YOU TUTORIN AND HAVIN HER AT HOME MORE POWER TO YA.YA DONE GOOD HAHA AND YOU ARE RIGHT, IT,S THE PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS WHO CAN CHANGE THINGS. DO SOMETHIN~!!! I WAS ALWAYS AT SCHOOL WHEN MY SON WAS LITTLE AND EVEN IN HIGH SCHOOL CUSE AFTER 20 YEARS I WENT BACK TO SCHOOL WITH HIM AND GOT MY REAL DIPLOMA. NIOT MY GED. I WENT TO CLASS WITH ALL THE KIDS OF THE PARENTS I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH. HOW DO YA LIKE ME NOW HAHA AND I LOVED IT. I LIVE UP HERE IN VT. AND THE KIDS EVEN HELPED ME ON THE COMPUTER IN MY ENGLISH CLASSES OR WHATEVER I NEEDED HELP IN. MOST THE KIDS CALLED ME MA. AND I WAS PROUD OF EM ALL EVEN MY SON. I DID THINGS WITH TE KIDS LIKE IN THE ART ROOM AND WE HD ADANCE I HELPED EM WITH AND A PLAY I WAS IN WITH EM. WE HAD A BALL!!! HAHA GUESS WE,RE PRETTY LUCKY UP HERE WITH OUR KIDS. COURSE THE,S ALWAYS A FEW. BUT IT,S NOT LIKE THE CITY. THE KIDS HAVE HELP AND KNOW WHERE THEY CAN GIT IT IF IT,S NEEDED. IT,S FUNNY, THE KIDS I WENT BACK TO SCHOOL HAVE KIDS NOW AND THEY CALL ME MA TOO. THEY ALSO KNOW THEY CAN COME TO ME IF THEY NEED TO TALK OR JUST VENT. AND MAYBE LOOK AT THINGS DIFFRENT TOO. A KIDS HEART IS HONEST LOVIN AND TRUE UNTIL IT GETS HURT TOO MANY TIMES OR NO ONE CARES FOR IT, TO HOLD IT MOLD IT AND LOVE IT. IT,S WHEN HE LEARNS TO HATE, IT CHANGES.THAT,S WHAT I SAY.


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
12:52:07

Town Hall Comments

DEAR REPEAING WHAT WE SOW. i hear ya.l but i can,t figure out why can,t you guys git it back! say no to state say no to goin along with,git back whatis taken. go to the school baord and maybe set rules down for teachers students and parents and work together as to team to create situations whereeveryone watches each others kids and there are consequeses to what ever they do???? maybe that would help. the kids knew when i went back to school with them i wasn,t too far away from their parents hha they knew i could tell em. i grew up with them. haha


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
16:19:39

Town Hall Comments

As a teacher for the last 12 years, I know that this type of thing can happen. I don't know why in some schools it is allowed to happen while not in others. Administrators cohesively deciding that they will not tolerate it is what will make it go away. In defense of administrators and teachers, though, I have to say the parents are at fault. There have been times that as a teacher I've "turned away" from certain things I see because I have tried to contact the parents only to be berated and belittled for doing so. The children are allowed to do whatever they want at home, so they think they can come to school and do the very same thing. However, I would never turn away from a student I thought was hurting another student. I'm not sure what happened there. I just hear the emotion in this grandmother's voice. Her letter was vague enough that I don't think she has the whole story or else is unwilling to share the whole story. I mean, let's face it, no child is perfect.


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
20:12:20

Town Hall Comments

God Bless you "Grandma"........ My daughter was harrassed at school until she quit. I was up there daily, it seems lilike, but not one administrator cared. She then turned to drugs and we fought that bbattle until recently when she went into recovery..Praise God that she did. There are so many horror stories like yours and mine...I did all I could, but no one listened.....my child will be ok with the help of God, I pray that all these young children will have an angel watching over them. God knows the schools don't care. God Bless Suzy


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
21:48:06

Town Hall Comments

Dear Gramma, Have you tried a law suit ? If all the parents that have had to remove their children from the public school system meet and together enforce legal actions against the school school's district you may get somewhere... The school is responsible for the care and welfare of the children attending.


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
22:10:45

Town Hall Comments

Dear Gramma, Have you tried a law suit ? If all the parents that have had to remove their children from the public school system meet and together enforce legal actions against the school and the school's district you may get somewhere... The school is responsible for the care and welfare of the children attending. If all of the concerned parents together, find a good lawyer who specializes in this paricular area of need, who knows what you may be able to do ? I, am from the State of Missouri, and we don't let our children get pushed around, if the children get a failing grade in some of our schools it means the teacher has failed the child as well and we don't want them to return to our schools. Why are you letting the teachers tell you what to do? It is your tax dollars that paying their salaries. You, have a right to get satifaction or they can pay for your child's college education through the court's system with a big fat law suit... Try the St. Charles Missouri, School System. Maybe they can help you. They have a very good school district. They also have a fantastic P. T. A. Parents Teachers Association program Contact, them maybe they may be able to help you. Their school system is wonderful...


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
22:18:47

Town Hall Comments

Dear GRandma, Send this info to your school board. And be very verbal on this issue. If your grandson must leave school, then let him. It would be better for him to be in college where this is not likely to happen. He should also be telling the school board in writing. He should not really be in public giving his opinions for the bullies may see and really heap the problems on him. This is not a new issue for when I was in school I had a group who really worked to hurt me and sometimes did. so don't let people tell you this is new. I am 42 and I remember that group and their tactics to this day. Write to Oprah, Dr. Phil and anyone who will listen. Write to your congressman and give them suggestions. don't let this stop with this. Let this forum work for you.


Town Hall Meeting
02 May 2003
Time:
23:43:46

Town Hall Comments

The word must be traveling fast, Channel 3 Sacramento CA this evening made quite a comment about teachers being bullies. There is nothing wrong with standing up for yourself, your family, your sibilings. We have a whole bunch of the best young men and woman sailing into San Diago,Seattle, Fort Leuderdale,and returning to El Paso and Travis AFB, that have just spent several months defending our rights. I'm sure those that are not returning in the manner they left, gave their lives for what they believe in, so that we might enjoy the freedom we have. My heart bleeds for those mothers and fathers, for I'm sure they are so very proud of their children as well. I to believe in God and I see nothing wrong with the Pledge and "Under God". It would be wonderful to put God and prayer in schools. Unfortunately for your child to receive a religious based education You'll have to send them to a school based on your religion. God is in the schools tho. The teachers are of all faiths, and I'M sure they are quietly praying too. Praying their school won't be the next Columbine. Praying that they won't be the next target. The only way to get a handle on it is to ban together and mediate with the schools. It might take a lot of letter writing to get it started. Obviously the parents in Sacramento are starting. How adout you all I don't rmember who it was but someone said. "THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THEN THE SWORD" along with a lot of other philosophy along the way. Get out the pen and by the grace of God maybe we can turn it around. GOD BLESS AMERICA for only in this country could an undertaking of this kind be considered without fear.


Town Hall Meeting
03 May 2003
Time:
21:12:30

Town Hall Comments

My heart goes out to these children maybe the bad kids should have to write the Lords prayer about a thousand times, and if we would all fight to return prayer and manners in school and home just maybe our kids would be better off, but if they don't learn it at home how can we expect our teachers to do it all in school the parents need to wake up have dinner time as a family with a prayer, family time and homework time, OH HOW SAD so many lost what they were taught. GOD Bless I will pray for the help we need but we all have to work together. Thank you, Mary mpaull@i2k.net


Town Hall Meeting
04 May 2003
Time:
13:05:17

Town Hall Comments

Hi, I hear you. The ONLY way that we can get heard , is write or petition your Teachers of the School,your Mayor and the Councillor you Vote for and all the way up the ladder to your Governor. Laws were made "For the People,BY the People, not "by the Government and the Schools." Tell the Police,they should be on your side! You are one Parent,and Grandparent. There are others "That Think as you do." We still have "Freedom of Speech!" I have found that by speaking out, others think the same way as I do. I am thankful some of the Students have got out of the Environment. Just think of what the others and their parents are going through! I'm praying for you. If you have a Mouth,that can speak, two hands and can write, and two feet that can take you to other parents, do so. Our teachers' hands are tied.One person took the Religion out of schools. This thing will snowball, unless you something,now.Sincerely, Rubie.


Town Hall Meeting
04 May 2003
Time:
14:56:05

Town Hall Comments

I have three children myself. I worry about this problem. My middle child seems to have the most problems and I try to talk to him. But the peer pressure seems to take control. He tries to over come it but I know deep down inside he is hurting. I would like help also.


Town Hall Meeting
05 May 2003
Time:
09:15:02

Town Hall Comments

I was bullied all through my grade school and high school years. I droped out of school my freshman year and still have not recieved an education. I tried to go back at a different school but when you were 3 months pregnent it just doesn't work. I know about school shootings and stabings. My friend was stabed because she was sticking up for me. I now have a beuatiful baby boy and am trying very hard to get my life in order. I have my own place and i'm getting married this year. Thank you for sending this to me and i would like to hear more.


Town Hall Meeting
05 May 2003
Time:
10:18:48

Town Hall Comments

IBELIVE EVERYONE ON HERE SHOULD BE LOOKIN ON THE PAGE OF THIS SITE BECCA AND STEVE PRINTED TODAY!! NATURES HARMONY. SEE HOW THE GOAT AND CHILD IS TOGETHER! THEY KNOW HOW TO RAISE THEIR OWN! WHY CAN,T WE????? NATURE IS LIFE! BE IT BIRD DEER BEAR WHATEVER! IT,S CALLED LIFE LOVE OF THEIR OWN AND SURVIVAL. AND SOMETIMES SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST! REMEMBER THIS. WE GROW UP IN AN AGE WHERE PARENTS DON,T HUNT AND FISH DON,T LEARN KIDS WHAT NATUE IS ALL ABOUT. NATURE LEARNS YOU MANY THINGS. HOW TO SURVIVE WHEN NEED BE. THAT GUNS ARE MADE FOR HUNTIN TO SURVIVE AND FISHIN. PEOPLE PARENTS DO NOT SHARE THESE THINGS WITH THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT NATURE IS MEANT TO LIVE AND NO ANIMALS SHOULD BE KILLED AND THAT COMES FROM YOUR CITY SLICKERS WHO HAVE NOT A CLUE THAT HUNTIN IS GOOD IN IT,S WAY. MORE DEER SMALL GAME AND DIE FROM STARVATION WHICH IS THE ONE OF THE WORST DEATHS POSSIBLE AND THEN FREEZIN TO DEATH BECAUSE THEY ARE SO WEAK THEY CANNOT FORAGE, AND THEIR IS NOTHIN TO FORIAGE FOR BECAUSE THERE IS TOO MANY DEER IN ONE AREA FOR THE FEED THAT WAS THERE. SO THEY STARE AND FREEZE TO DEATH RATHER THAN HAVE PEOPLE HUNT THEM TO SURVIE THEMSELVES AND WHY GOD PUT THEM HERE TO USE. I WONDER IF THOSE PETA PEOPLE WOULD LOVE TO STARVE AND FREEZE. IT,S MORE HUMANE TO PUT SOME DOWN SO THAT OTHERS CAN LIVE. WHEN YA GIT TOO MANY IN AN AREA THAT,S WHAT HAPPENS BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT MOVE TO ANOTHER AREA WHEN THEY ARE BORN THERE. THEY WILL DIE THERE. MOOSE TRAVEL INTO THEIR AREA,S AND EAT THEIR FEED AND LEAVE, THEN THE DEER WON,T HAVE ANYTHIN FOR WINTER. BUT I,M GITTIN OFF TRACK HERE.OVERPOPULATION IS NOT GOOD. RACCOONS ARE AN ANIMALS THAT GETS RABIES.WHEN OVERPOPULATED IN ONE AREA THEY BITE A FOX THEY GIT IT, IT CAN RUN THRU ALL THE GAME IN THE AREA, EVEN YOUR DOG IF IT GITS BIT. EVEN TO A HUMAN. BUT ANYWAYS MY POINT IS NATURE IS THE BEST TEACHER OF ALL. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY KIDS NOW ADAYS WOULD KNOW HOW TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES IF PUT OUT IN THE WOODS BY THEMSELVES FOR A WEEKNOW ADAYS, WOULD YOURS?? WELL THIS IS THE END. THESE ARE THE LAST DAYS YEARS, WOULD YA WANT THEM READY TO HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE OLD WAYS OF LIVIN??? I KNOW MINECAN. THESE ARE POINTS THAT NEED LOOKIN AT, CAUSE I BELIEVE IT,S COMIN!!! KIDS NEED TO KNOW HOW TO BUILD A FIRE, SHELTER, FOOD. AND THIS OLD WOLRD IS TELLIN US SOMETHIN. CAN,T ANYONE ELSE FEEL THIS OTHER THAN ME???


Town Hall Meeting
05 May 2003
Time:
18:19:35

Town Hall Comments

I am so glad I put my children in God's Hands and He watched over them of which I am so thankful. They had problems in school but survived. This brutality should not be allowed and go unnoticed. My children are grown but my grandchildren are coming up and so far they have great schools they attend, PRAISE GOD. GOD will take care of the enemy and I pray for all children in this corrupt world of today. Know JESUS your Savior and take Him as your FRIEND in all your needs. Jesus said "Let the little children come unto me and whosoever mistreats them or leads them astray will be held accountable." We should have more teachers like the young man who is looking out for the children who are different. GOD BLESS HIM AND ALL LIKE HIM.BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS ARE DIFFERENT !!!!!!! A Grandmother who loves Jesus and loves children


Town Hall Meeting
05 May 2003
Time:
20:06:53

Town Hall Comments

Dear Gramma, I to am a conserned Gramma. Since they have taken away all rights of the Schools authority it is no wonder things are as they are. This was the road left open to them. It is a sad, sick problem that the ones paying for this is the majority of the kids. Those brought up in home that menter their children to contribute to the goodness,and wellness of their communities rarely lose out. All the things that are happening are found in the Bible. It will only get worse but He says He will never leave us or forsake us. I stand firm with many others. If God is for us who can be against us. God's Blessings to all who read this. He is in control. aurora41@alaska.net


Town Hall Meeting
07 May 2003
Time:
11:22:20

Town Hall Comments

IF ONE MORE PERSON SAYS IT'S SCHOOL SYSTEM I'LL SCREAM. COME ON PEOPLE THESE ARE YOUR CHILDREN ARE YOU JUST GOING TO STAND BY WHILE SOME JERK PICKS ON YOUR KID. GO BACK TO SCHOOL. BRING COOKIES VOLUNTEER FOR FIELD TRIPS GET INVOLVED. JOIN THE PTA GET ON THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. IF YOU ARE SO SICK OF THIS BE LIKE THE SECRETARY WHO HEARD THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN SHE IS AT SCHOOL. STOP WHINING!


Town Hall Meeting
07 May 2003
Time:
19:47:33

Town Hall Comments

The parents of these boys should first go to the principal of the school, then to the superintendant, and to the board of education. This should not be allowed to happen and nothing be done about it. I worked in the local school system (NC)for 20 years, had a grandson that I was raising that had ADD, and when the teacher would not give him what the law said she should be, I went to the committee in charge of this. Got results! Had a teacher in 8th. grade giving tests on material not covered;went to principal and also the superintendant. Got results. If I saw a student being bullied, I stepped in and did something. People must speak up, and if you do not get any results from the school personell, write a letter to the editor of your paper. Schools do not like that kind of publicity. No matter! Your kids are the most important thing in these situations. E. Wise


Town Hall Meeting
08 May 2003
Time:
22:02:05

Town Hall Comments

I am having the same kind of thoughts as the concerned Grandma. My 11 yr. old son was being harassed at our local public middle school as well. He also was shoved by another student because he had the guts to go to the teacher with the bullying being done to him. It isn't always the "right" thing to do to report problems to the teacher or principal because the student is then labeled as a rat and the bullying tends to get worse. Our only salvation was that a magnant school was being built from the ground up in another town and through a lottery system, my son was lucky enough to get picked to attend that school. Although there are still some rough kids even at this new school, the old bullies are not attending there. What is the right thing to do? Confront the teachers ourselves or inform the parents of the bullies? It is a rough decision to make. If I had the patience to deal with home schooling, I certainly would consider that as an alternative to public schooling. I too am considering a Vo-tech school vs. the local high school. Thanks for letting me air out my frustrations as well. Maybe someone else can come up with a solution. A Concerned Parent of four.


Town Hall Meeting
10 May 2003
Time:
17:06:39

Town Hall Comments

Praise, God, for you, Grandma. Continue to give your grandchildren emotional and spiritual support and try to rally other parents to bring this before the schoolboard and that particular school's administration. I think children have become desensitized by all that they are exposed to in the real world as well as the entertainment world. If the bullies aren't stopped and their behavior modified, they turn into adult bullies. I am in my 60's and have seen alot of them, even in my age group, but am thankful, I didn't experience thia in my formative years...not that they weren't there, but there were fewer of them and they were controlled by techers more. Now teachers have no authority....Sad,sad,sad. S.T.


Town Hall Meeting
10 May 2003
Time:
21:54:08

Town Hall Comments

The definition of a BULLY: (1)A person who is habitually cruel to smaller or weaker people. (2)To intimidate with superior size or strength........For example: When the LEADER of a nation with the most powerful military force on earth attacks a smaller and weaker "AXIS OF EVIL" nation suspected of having WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRUCTION,and lacks any kind of Navy or Air Force and has limited inferior military equipment, this is a typical situation. When the smaller and weaker nation was attacked, negotiations were not an option!!! Did anyone for one second think the superior or stronger nation would not prevail??? Now there's the second "AXIS OF EVIL"- North Korea!!! A nation who DECLARES having WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRUCTION, does the bully threaten this stronger nation with an attack??? Not on your life!!! In this situation NEGOTIATIONS are in order!!!The point here being,in order to deal with a BULLY, you must show superior strength. Let this example be a lesson on how to deal with any BULLY!!! R.L.,N.J.


Town Hall Meeting
12 May 2003
Time:
14:32:08

Town Hall Comments

Would people rather have this than prayer in schools? I don't call this freedom.-Ruth


Town Hall Meeting
12 May 2003
Time:
23:27:18

Town Hall Comments

Children are raised today on the most part with no manners, or respect for other people. There is no discipline any more or restrains taught. Control is taken from teachers so we end up with rude self serving humans, as are the parents who allow and tolerate this behavior!!


Town Hall Meeting
15 May 2003
Time:
13:08:07

Town Hall Comments

First of all you have my sympathy and prayers. I was wondering if you have considered going to the news media with this? With what is going on in our schools today this may force the administrators to get busy and put a halt to this nonsense. I truly believe that when prayer was taken out of our schools, Satan marched right in. He is alive and active. It is up to us to expose him for who he is be it in the form of bullies of unconcerned bystanders.


Town Hall Meeting
20 May 2003
Time:
17:17:02

Town Hall Comments

Thank you so much for your insight and concern. I recently participated in a wonderful workshop called "Challenge Days" that addresses exactly what you wrote about. Teasing each other because of their "differences" can hurt at an age when self-esteem is building. Many resort to drugs, suicide ideation, anorexia, bulemia, sexual issues, etc. I'm in contact with parents after things have reach a place of not being able to handle it within the home. So sad. I would encourage all schools to have a Challenge Day curriculum - www.challengeday.org. The results from this one day "eye and heart opener" will be with these kids for a long time, if not the rest of their lives. Thank you - Susan - www.teencrisissolutions.org


Town Hall Meeting
24 May 2003
Time:
09:05:58

Town Hall Comments

the theachers and parents are the ones who need to be the bullies. that's the way it was in the 40s and 50s when i was going to school in arizona....and it worked. most of us were very respectfull of our parents and teachers. there was a thing called " the board of education "...it was usually 1" by 4" by about 3 feet long, and there was no doubt in any childs mind that it would be used on them if they got out of line. it was used on me one time for comming in late from recess. i made sure that never happened again...for 'any' reason. it stung like crazy, and it was very embarassing and humiliating. if there were principals who abused the use of the "board", then that proncipal is the one who should have paid the consequinces, not the intire school system. there were gangs and bullies that i encountered from time to time, but they weren't as vicious as they are now.....they knew there were consequences for their actions. one thing in my favor was that i was known to be a real scrapper, and the bullies are really cowrds at heart. that's why they act-out the way they do. it's just a front. they need lots of loving guidance and direction. unfortunately, they aren't getting those things at home.so there-in lies the problem.....how do we get to the parents? try THE BIBLE....try PRAYER. i'm not saying that corperal punishment is the only answer....not by any stretch of the imagination. parenting is not an exact science. there is no perfect method. each child is an absolute individual. thank god i had counseling that helped in my own attempt at parenting. at very early ages of my son and daughter,some important discoveries were made; i could simply explain things to my daughter,...and that included explaining "WHY" i wanted her to do or not do something....not just 'because i said so'....and all this started when she was 6 months old. those young minds need and crave substance. they need to know "why" things are the way they are;.."why" people are the way they are. my son on the other hand, bless his precious heart, was a different story. i had to keep his favorite stuff from him untill he decided to comply with my wishes. and my wishes had to do with stuff like; 'don't play with the electrical outlet; please stop throwing things into the fireplace; please stop throwing things at your sister,etc.. but i never asked more than twice...with explanations. and i always "stuck to my guns". the young mind needs to know that you "say what you mean, and mean what you say"...... food for thought.....best wishes, t.c. in dallas


Town Hall Meeting
31 May 2003
Time:
22:58:00

Town Hall Comments

This is a great page because more people need to come together on this Bulling thing as teen suicid is big from this reason. Too many years kids get picked on so much that they finally take thier lives and it's a shame. Nothing happens to the bullies or( jocks ). I went through this with two of my own children and one tried to kill herself because of other little monsters. Try telling the parents of the bullies and you get no where because the parent is just like thier kid. So yes, this is a great sight as we need to come together on this and make changes for others. We need to take this to prayer. Thank you and may God bless. Roberta Bennett


Town Hall Meeting
06 Jun 2003
Time:
19:11:31

Town Hall Comments

I think it s about time you folks woke up and started teaching your children how to defend themselves. Teach them to tell the autorities once about their problem and if it does not get handled, have them deal wih it. I f you think reasoning with a bully is the answer your wrong. The way to deal with a bully is to beat the crap out of him, and you must teach your children thats what they must do. We teach our children everthing is a crisis and send them to councellors for fights death, and even losing their boyfriends or girlfriends. Gro up parents we teach our children to be pacifists, while he rest of the worlds children throw stones at tanks. The meek will not inherit the earth, those that defend themselves will. Ron


Town Hall Meeting
27 Jul 2003
Time:
12:29:29

Town Hall Comments

I am a 59 plus year old woman. I know what it is to be on the receiving end of a bully. This has happened several times to me in my life time. Bullys do not seem to see themselves that way. They think they are really good, neat people and they nearly always have a following. The last time I was bullied it got so out of hand I had to go to the police. I discussed with the police officiers what was going on and they said that I was being stalked. Because this guy works where I go to college he had the excuse that he was just doing his job. There have been other complaints about him. Because most of the people here are christians they are trying to work with him. My doctor says to stay away from this man because he has serious problems. My minister says to report any problems with this man because it is my responsibility to help him keep from hurting other people. He no longers bullies me. He is not to speak to me or have anything to do with me at all. I go out of my way to avoid him in the computer lab where he works. He stills trys to get my attention but I stay away from him because my presence brings out the worse in him. I know that I am not responsible for his behavior. I just pray for him and put him on prayer lists. His name is Don Kidwell. Don has problems, is about 50yrs old and is in a special program I believe for brain damaged people to get a college education. He used to follow me around campus. He doesn't do that anymore. A bully is a person who is afraid according to my doctor. Don interferred with my work when I was in the computer lab. The college and the head of the department has worked with me on this. The head of the department really got on to Don for this. Bullys have become a serious problem world-wide and is having a serious effect on schools, life, etc. in all nations.


Town Hall Meeting
21 Aug 2003
Time:
15:47:20

Town Hall Comments

I guess things sadly are know differnt now then when I went to school. I know how it feels to be pick on . I am 45 years old and being tease and bully still affect my life I am person who does not make friends easy I know this has alot to do with it. I dont have kids of my own but if I did and there got pick on I would fight for them not the my mother and father did'nt try yo help me. but it was differnt then . I guess the only thing you could do is pray that god will give you stength to get thou it take care hang in there GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO I


Town Hall Meeting
17 Oct 2003
Time:
18:21:48

Town Hall Comments

Dear People's Voice, We all talk about bullies because we recall the bullies who gave us a bad time when we were young and in school. We all resent bullies. Some psychologists have come up with the idea that bullies are deprived or disfunctional because of their abusive home life and are therefore to be treated as ill folks.This does not stop his bullying ways. But then we find as we mature, that most bullies succeed in life. The most successful politicians, businessmen, and lawyers are bullies and liars. President Bush has shown himself to be the ulimate bully. So I ask you. How can we in good conscience keep telling our children to turn the other cheek when bullied, and not to bully others. The only solution to dealing with a bully is confront him, expose him , refuse to accept his bullying and as a group, desert him. RMG


Town Hall Meeting
08 Nov 2003
Time:
12:15:38

Town Hall Comments

I need to tell what happened to my son. It still hurts after all these years. In 1996 my son was in the eigth grade. He was the only kid in any of the Rockdale County schools in Conyers, GA at the time to have 8 years perfect attendance. He was an A/B honor roll student, peer helper, in the life program (a program that helped him teach other kids to stay off drugs, etc), and a very good kid. He was being picked on by a fellow student all year. We reported this to the assistant principal and my son went to peer mediation with this bully. We did everything we could think to do to stop this situation. The assistant principal said that he was proud of my son for the way he was handling it and that he would keep an eye on the situation. In Nov. 1996 I had to take an unexpected trip to Illinois. On the Monday that I was gone, this bully picked on my son all during class. My son tried his best to ignore him. My son even told the teacher, who ignored my son. Finally, by the end of class, my son had had enough. He had started crying (which is the point of no return in our family, when we get mad enough to cry, leave us alone), the bully kept on, and a fight started. They suspended my son along with the bully. Since I was out of town, and my husband works at a job that he can't up and leave, I could not go to the school to fight for my son's rights. When I got back in town (my family didn't tell me until I got back in town), my son still had bruises up and down his arm. This was 2 days after the incident happened. Since it was the Thanksgiving Holidays I couldn't do anything until the following Monday. We went to the assistant Principal who looked very sorry for my son losing his perfect attendance over this bully. Then we had to talk to the principal. This man does not need to be a Principal. Here we were concerned parents fighting for our son's rights, we had done everything we could do to avoid the situation we now found ourselves in. The principal did not care. He had the nerve to tell me that we could go the the Board of Education, the Governor of the State, the President of the United State (his exact words), but that my son was not going to get his perfect attendance back. I had already called the State Board of Education and was told that we had a good case, that my son had tried all year to avoid this situation but that by the time I appealed it to them, he would have lost his days anyway. We were advised to go to our county Board. That was a joke. They are all friends and no matter what they stand by each other. We sat at the County Board of Education with a former teacher of mine for 3 hours to no avail. Bottom line: This Principal ruined my son. My son didn't care if he went to school or not. He went from going to school everyday, to just going whenever he felt like it. If he went to school, he skipped without me knowing. His grades went from A/B to D and F. He just didn't care anymore. He finally quit school in the 11th grade. Something needs to be done about bullies and the school system and principals that protect them. No one cares and students have no rights. They took a good student, good kid and ruined him. No matter what we did, not matter how we punished our son, nothing helped. And there was NO HELP from the school system. Now, my son is 20. He is going for his GED and hopefully he can turn his life around. God knows, we have all suffered because of this one man who calls himself a principal. My son won't talk about any of this, and gets mad at me when I do. I had 12 years perfect attendance and he was trying to do the same. It hurts him to know it was taken from him. I hope and pray that nothing like this ever happens to another good kid. We didn't have the money to withdraw him from this school and put him in private school. I wish we could have. God bless any kid that is bullied. It's the worst thing that could happened to any kid in the world. It changes them, emotionally. They never get over it.


Town Hall Meeting
01 Dec 2003
Time:
13:50:13

Town Hall Comments

I WAS WATCHING (RARELY DO) OPRAH THE OTHER DAY--SAW A LADY WHOSE 12 YR OLD SON HAD HUNG HIMSELF---HE HAD RECIEVED SO MUCH BULLYING AT SCHOOL---AND EVEN DEATH THREATS. I WOULD BE WILLING TO DEVOTE LOTS OF HOURS BRINGING THIS MESSAGE TO THE ATTENTION OF EVERY SCHOOL IN THIS COUNTRY---BUT WOULD HAVE TO BE , AFTER THAT WAS DONE, AN ONGOING RESEARCH AS TO HOW BEST TO HANDLE THE BULLIES--SO AS TO NOT PUNISH THEM, SO MUCH AS TO GET THEM SENSITIVE TO OTHERS FEELINGS SO THEY WOULD NOT WANT TO CONTINUE THE TERRIBLE PATH THEY HAVE STARTED ON. IF THERE ARE OTHERS WHO READ THIS WHO WOULD LIKE TO HELP GET THE WORD TO EVERY SCHOOL, AND/OR WHO HAVE GOOD IDEA HOW BEST TO DO THIS, PUT A COMMENT IN HERE AM 65, AND IN GOOD HEALTH--EXPECT I COULD LIVE 32 MORE YEARS---MY GRANDMOTHER DID---AND HAVE BEEN HOPING FOR SOME DIVING GUIDANCE ON HOW I CAN BEST USE SOME OF THE TREMENDOUS HOURS I HAVE FREE !! GOD BLESS ALL SHARON PLEASE EXCUSE MY TYPING IN CAPITALS--I CAN NOT SEE OTHERWISE----


Town Hall Meeting
24 Feb 2004
Time:
08:22:42

Town Hall Comments

HELLO MY NAME IS ELIZABETH AND IM WRIING TO YOU TELLING YOU GUYS ABOUT BULLIENG I WAS ONCE A BULLY WHEN I WAS YOUNGER WHEN YOUR BULLIED YOU FEEL GOOD IN A CERTAIN WAY AND I MEAN IS A GOOD FEELING I WAS STRESED THOSE DAYS AND NEEDED TO FEEL GOOD GUESS WHAT WHILE I WAS PICKING ON CHILDREN . CHILDREN WAS PICKING ON ME AND TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH BULLYING IS NOT A FUN THING BECAUSE YOU ARE HURTING SOMEONES FEELINGS AND MY FEELINGS ARE HURT . IM TALKING KIDS USED TO CALL ME UGLY WHICH I KNOW IM NOT NEITHER MY BOYFREIND AT THAT TIME SINCE I WAS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL WHEN YOU PICK ON CHILDREN THAT MEANS YOU ARE INSECURE ABOUT YOURSELF AND ALSO YOU DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR SURROUNDS MOST BULLIES ENDS UP BAD IM GOING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING AS I SAY BEFORE I WAS A BULLY AND IM SORRY ABOUT IT . THE PEOPLE WHO I ONCE PICKED ON TURNED OUT TO BE GRADUATES WHILE I DID HOMESCHOOL BECAUSE I GOT KICKED OUT OF AN PUBLSCHOOL NAME ANNOMYMUS ....... BASICALLY THINGS HAVE CHANGED OVER THE YEARS SINCE I HAVE DONE RHAT INCIDENT I HAD SAID I WAS SORRY AFTER I LEFT THE SCHOOL AND ALSO THE REST OF MY FREINDS AND THE MY NEGATIVE SURROUNDINGS . I WENT TO JAMAICA ON THE SUMMER OG 1996 I HAD GOT MANY MESQUITOS THEY MADE FUN OF MY SCARS OIN MY FEET BECAUSE IN FLORIDA IS REAL HOT IM GOING TO TELL YOU GUYS ANOTHER THING DONT SEND YOUR KIDS TO A MIAMI PUBLIC SCHOOL BECAUSE A BOY IN AN SOUTHWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL GOT STABBED BY HIS BEST FREIND AND I THINK THIS IS TERRIBLE FOR REAL PLEASE READ THIS IM BEGGING YOU ALL READ THIS IM TRYING TO REACH OUT TO YOU GUYS TO TELL YOU ALL THAT BULLIENG IS SOMETHING BECAUSE OF INSECUREITY THERE WAS ALOT OF THINGS I HAVE BEEN THROUGH BUT TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH BULLYING IS NOT FUN IT JUST MAKES YOU EITHER A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT BUT TALKING ABOUT THAT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE PICKED ON ME IS EITHER A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT OR THEY ARE DEAD HAVE MORE THAN 4 CHILDREN AND IS MORE ON ITS WAY OR SELLING WEED MOST OF THEM THAT WAS THE OUTCOME OF THIS SO TO TELL BULLIES OUT THERE DONT PICK ON NOBODY BECAUSE WHATEVER COMES AROUND GOES AROUND PLEASE LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO WASTE HAVE FUN IN LIFE NOT TO PICK ON PEOPLE THATS NO GOOD BYE NOW LIZ ... MIAMI FL ...


Town Hall Meeting
14 Mar 2004
Time:
15:25:07

Town Hall Comments

"Bullying" starts in our elementary schools today. Yes, I know because I have taught for over 25 years in our public schools in Texas. My heart has always been concerned about this problem and I have worked with students and parents in trying to handle this type of activity. My son had to endure this in his school years.It was not as brutal as it is today when my son went through it,but it was heartbreaking enough. It seems that if you do not play sports then you must be picked on by the bullies. Kids who have a softer side to them are viewed differently and seem to be a prime target for bullies. We must get the schools to implement a program that helps this type of problem. It doesn't just stop when you take them out of school.....there are groups of people who continue to bully in the work world. We have lost too many good souls from "bullying" already. Dr.Phil,of the Opra Show, and his son have come up with a program that helps schools deal with this problem. Check out his website.


Town Hall Meeting
08 Apr 2004
Time:
20:00:01

Town Hall Comments

Being a bully in school is caused by not getting any disciplin at home. Think about it. Since we were told we couldn't spank our children things have been going downhill. The kids have no fear. When they grow up and go out into the world, a lot of them will go to prison. They think they can get away with anything. We never heard of all this taking guns to school, let alone killing someone. It's the fault of our governments misguided attitude over what constitutes child abuse. Disciplin and child abuse are totally two different things! Spanking a child, or beating him are entirely two oposites. The do-gooders who think their children can do no wrong are also to blame. We should bring spanking back to schools, and also at home. Just kicking a child out of school for a few days doesn't hack it. He enjoys that time out of school. We hear excuses now of children with ADD, or ADHD. We give them pills to supposedly control this disorder. Once they start on these pills, they have to have medicine the rest of their lives, and they still don't live normal lives. Most of the time a good old fashioned spanking will do the trick. He will sit up and pay attention. We have become a country of excuses. We make an excuse for everything that is wrong, and look for a pill to cure it. Submitted by Betty Van Snepson


Town Hall Meeting
17 Apr 2004
Time:
02:57:40

Town Hall Comments

My son is 18 and is serving the LORD!But when he was younger he was a troubled youth and because of the choices he made he was in trouble alot.When he asked the LORD into his life he became a brand new person.Sadly though the faculty and such do not forgive.A few weeks ago he was attacked in school.He did not fight back because of 2 reasons.1 because he is trying to set the standard that the LORD wants him to do and the 2 reason is that he (my son) is 18 and the boy who hit him is 17 and under the law he would of gotten into in serious trouble.The school called us to come and get him so we did. I was stunned at their reaction.They admitted that the other boy hit first and that he had no marks on him.Where our son had 2 black eyes and a lump on his head.But my son was to be suspended for 2days and this put on his record.We were also told that the other boy would be suspended.We found out though that the boy was not suspended or anything.Because he comes from a troubled home and has a temper and tends to flare up easily.He is to be exused from what he did.But my son because of his past was to be taught a lesson.I was and still am stunned!The boy made a comment that the reason he did this was because he knew my son is 18 and that because he (my son)is odd and has weird beliefs.This young boy has done this to other kids in the school and nothing ever has been done about it.He is a bully with the school backing him up and that is very scary!!!I pray that GOD will do a work in our schools and stop this type of thinking.We have lost too many of our young people already! Heartbroken Mom


Town Hall Meeting
21 May 2004
Time:
22:55:56

Town Hall Comments

You are the parent-grandparent!! GO to the school and demand that a stop be put to this behavior!! Just keep going back and back--don't hush or give up. See a good lawyer. THIS can be stopped and will be if YOU stand up and fight for your kid. Here in Alabama we have D.A.R.E officers in every school-they handle things like this and can and do so much good. bullies are treated like the jerks they are and most get better or get thrown out of school and must be home schooled. IT works. Good Luck. JO in AL


Town Hall Meeting
27 Oct 2004
Time:
05:36:19

Town Hall Meeting
28 Nov 2004
Time:
13:30:03

Town Hall Comments

I am a very concerned mother as well. My husband is in the Army and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom for a year and is going back next year 2005 for 18 months. We have an 8 year old who has the same problems with bully's in school. I don't understand it at all. My son was very scared for his dad and was worried sick about him. I have heard nothing but great things about military schools on post and how they have a 0 tolerance level too. But just this year in second grade some kid would follow my son home and scare him all the way home. My son would be crying and didn't want to go back to school. I thought it was just while they walked home. Come to find out this kid who is the 5th grade did this while at recess. He said that he would make my son (please excuse this language I am not trying to offend anyone), suck is P@#$% and make my son gay and if my son didn't he would get his friends to help him beat him up. He would not eat lunch at school and every morning he would cry uncontrollably that he didn't want to go to school(mind you he is only in 2nd grade)and that he was so scared he would get hurt. I am a christian and things like that don't get talked about in my house. I have a very clean spoken house and don't allow horror movies and the such. So I was worried and went to the principle of the school and she said she couldn't believe that would happen in here school. I simply stated that well it did and what are you going to do about it. If these kinds of thing are allowed to continue then things will get worse and who knows what these kids are capable of and how much they get away with at home. I am amazed that this kind of thing happens on post and that no one wants to see the servity of it. I am appalled to think people can't see this as a problem. I can say after many talks with the principle she finally went to his parents and told them what was going on. I have not had anymore problems with him bullying my son. He knows me and knows that I don't play when it comes to my son and that I know where he lives. I am one parent who will not hesitate to stand up for my son. I don't really care if people think that I am crazy and nuts and mental. I will stand up for my son and help him to know that I am there for him. I have been told by teachers that I have made my son have anxiety and I am a Jerry Springer episode for defending him when she was doing him wrong and singling him out and was proventing him from excelling in school. I took him out of her class and told her off in a motherly manner and she has not spoke to me since. She even adviced me to put him on ridlin and label him adhd. I went to a specialist and he said there is no way that is true after months of sessions. Thank you for listening to me and my side. I applaude those of you who don't sit back when it comes to bully's in school and the such. We need to let our kids know we trust them and believe in them. Schools aren't what they were when we went to school and it is much harder now. A concerned mother who loves her son


Town Hall Meeting
28 Nov 2004
Time:
13:31:59

Town Hall Comments

I am a very concerned mother as well. My husband is in the Army and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom for a year and is going back next year 2005 for 18 months. Which made it harder on my son not knowing if his dad was coming home or not.We have an 8 year old who has the same problems with bully's in school. I don't understand it at all. My son was very scared for his dad and was worried sick about him. I have heard nothing but great things about military schools on post and how they have a 0 tolerance level too. But just this year in second grade some kid would follow my son home and scare him all the way home. My son would be crying and didn't want to go back to school. I thought it was just while they walked home. Come to find out this kid who is the 5th grade did this while at recess. He said that he would make my son (please excuse this language I am not trying to offend anyone), suck is P@#$% and make my son gay and if my son didn't he would get his friends to help him beat him up. He would not eat lunch at school and every morning he would cry uncontrollably that he didn't want to go to school(mind you he is only in 2nd grade)and that he was so scared he would get hurt. I am a christian and things like that don't get talked about in my house. I have a very clean spoken house and don't allow horror movies and the such. So I was worried and went to the principle of the school and she said she couldn't believe that would happen in here school. I simply stated that well it did and what are you going to do about it. If these kinds of thing are allowed to continue then things will get worse and who knows what these kids are capable of and how much they get away with at home. I am amazed that this kind of thing happens on post and that no one wants to see the servity of it. I am appalled to think people can't see this as a problem. I can say after many talks with the principle she finally went to his parents and told them what was going on. I have not had anymore problems with him bullying my son. He knows me and knows that I don't play when it comes to my son and that I know where he lives. I am one parent who will not hesitate to stand up for my son. I don't really care if people think that I am crazy and nuts and mental. I will stand up for my son and help him to know that I am there for him. I have been told by teachers that I have made my son have anxiety and I am a Jerry Springer episode for defending him when she was doing him wrong and singling him out and was proventing him from excelling in school. I took him out of her class and told her off in a motherly manner and she has not spoke to me since. She even adviced me to put him on ridlin and label him adhd. I went to a specialist and he said there is no way that is true after months of sessions. Thank you for listening to me and my side. I applaude those of you who don't sit back when it comes to bully's in school and the such. We need to let our kids know we trust them and believe in them. Schools aren't what they were when we went to school and it is much harder now. A concerned mother who loves her son


Town Hall Meeting
06 Dec 2004
Time:
15:57:39

Town Hall Comments

I SUGGEST THAT YOU EITHER FIND THE MOVIE BANG, BANG YOUR DEAD OR CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CABLE COMPANY AND WATCH THIS MOVIE. EXCELLENT WAY TO OPEN UP DIALOG WITH YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT'S REPRESENATIVES. BY LETTING THE CHILDREN QUIT SCHOOL YOU ARE TEACHING THEM TO RUN FROM THEIR FEARS....AS PARENTS YOU AND OTHERS HAVE THE RESPONSIBLITY TO GO TO YOUR SCHOOL BOARD WITH THE BULLIES INFORMATION AND FORCE THEM TO ACT.....LETTING BULLIES WIN TODAY, WILL COST YOU MUCH LARGER PRICES IN THE FUTURE.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Dec 2004
Time:
10:40:25

Town Hall Comments

I think that when it comes to bullies you shouldn't let them get you to you. You should stand for yourself and tell them that they don't have the right to treat you that way. Bullies are people that try to termidate a person or try to take advangtage of people that they know would do nothing back. For people that are bully be someone just stand up to them not by violence but by telling them that you don't have the right to treat me this way or show that you are not scared of them no matter what. And another thing is not to show the bully that you are scared of them or show that they are getting to you. Show them that you are not scared of them. I know it might be hard for people who are very sensitive or shy but you can do it. Once you stand up for yourself they would mess with you because they know that you are not scared of them.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Dec 2004
Time:
10:40:25

Town Hall Comments

I think that when it comes to bullies you shouldn't let them get you to you. You should stand for yourself and tell them that they don't have the right to treat you that way. Bullies are people that try to termidate a person or try to take advangtage of people that they know would do nothing back. For people that are bully be someone just stand up to them not by violence but by telling them that you don't have the right to treat me this way or show that you are not scared of them no matter what. And another thing is not to show the bully that you are scared of them or show that they are getting to you. Show them that you are not scared of them. I know it might be hard for people who are very sensitive or shy but you can do it. Once you stand up for yourself they would mess with you because they know that you are not scared of them.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Dec 2004
Time:
10:40:25

Town Hall Comments

I think that when it comes to bullies you shouldn't let them get you to you. You should stand for yourself and tell them that they don't have the right to treat you that way. Bullies are people that try to termidate a person or try to take advangtage of people that they know would do nothing back. For people that are bully be someone just stand up to them not by violence but by telling them that you don't have the right to treat me this way or show that you are not scared of them no matter what. And another thing is not to show the bully that you are scared of them or show that they are getting to you. Show them that you are not scared of them. I know it might be hard for people who are very sensitive or shy but you can do it. Once you stand up for yourself they would mess with you because they know that you are not scared of them.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Dec 2004
Time:
10:44:04

Town Hall Comments

I think that when it comes to bullies you shouldn't let them get you to. You should stand up for yourself and tell them that they don't have the right to treat you that way. Bullies are people that try to termidate a person or try to take advangtage of people that they know wouldn't do nothing and easily can be taken advangtage of. For people that are bullies just stand up to them not by violence but by telling them that you don't have the right to treat me this way or show that you are not scared of them no matter what. And another thing is not to show the bully that you are scared of them or show that they are getting to you. Show them that you are not scared of them. I know it might be hard for people who are very sensitive or shy but you can do it. Once you stand up for yourself they wouldn't mess with you because they know that you are not scared of them.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Feb 2005
Time:
11:09:57

Town Hall Comments

My daughter is only 6 years old and in 1st grade. I am saddened so much about what I have already seen and heard and my daughter has not even completed 2 years of school..this is just the beginning... We are in a "good" district from what we understand but so many things are heppening between children and other children and children and adults. I have made suggestions to the principal and various teachers of what I think to be easy ways to deal with these issues and so far, nothing has been done. I hate to anger the teachers/principal as I do not want my daughter to suffer. It's incredibly sad to think that she would be treated differently because of my stand, but I know it's a reality. But I can't just sit back and do nothing. People have no idea of the severity of what children face in school, and the things that are hidden from us as parents. It's frightening to say the least. And we are foolish to think it is not happening on this early level of first and second grade because it is. We must do what we can, be involved in our children's school and pray hard and consistently!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Apr 2005
Time:
09:58:37

Town Hall Comments

I wonder why there isn't special schools or classes for unruly students or make their parents or guardians responsible. Most schools know the troublemakers. My nephew also quit public school in California and choose home schooling. If the adminstration cannot or will not protect the students then hold them responsible. The bottom line is no one is in charge or responsible,but isn't that the problem with all things today?


Town Hall Meeting
11 May 2005
Time:
14:48:22

Town Hall Comments

"Religion is the opiate of society" Karl Marx I dont think that God and religion should be intertwined with the school curriculum. We must be culturaly sensative of these issues, and beside religion has done nothing but give a false hope to humanity. To reinstate religion back into the school system would cause an uproare from families both domestic and from around the world. To tell children that praying to God will solve their problems and that "Jesus" will assist us in our hour of need will do nothing. Children should first ask their Bullie what have they done to deserve this treatment? Secondly, children should try to solve this problem in either altering their attitude or asking that the bullie alter theirs. If this failse then ignoring the bullie at all costs will be the next best solution. Only by comunicating will the problem be solved. Bringing in religion in a culturaly diverse world will cause greater problems with extreame racial discrimination.