Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
08:38:51

Town Hall Comments

WE NEED GOD BACK IN SCHOOLS,THEY TOOK GOD OUT AND THAT GAVE SATAN FULL CONTROL,IT'S A SHAME WHAT OUR CHILDREN GO THEW GOING TO SCHOOL,WE ARE NOT GIVING THEM THE LOVE AND CARE THEY NEED,WE AS A NATION NEED TO STAND UP FOR OUR CHILDREN!MY DAUGTHER WENT THEW THIS,SHE IS NOW 35 YEARS AND NOW HER DAUGTHER IS GOING THEW THIS,AND SHE IS ONLY 11 YEARS,AS A MATTER OF FACT SHES SEEING A DR.TODAY HOPEFULLY SHE WILL OPEN UP AND TALK ABOUT IT.WE NEED TO PRAY,PRAY,THE BULLIES NEED HELP THEY ARE UNHAPPY ALSO,AND DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE MISSING IN THERE LIFE: GOD IS THE ANSWER THE ONLY ANSWER! GOD BLESS



Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
09:06:03

Town Hall Comments

Sad to say, but this is happening all over our country in our public schools. My daughter-in-law teaches in a school for kids who get in trouble in the regular classrooms and have to been sent to another campus. You would not believe the things she tells that happen! We kicked God out of our schools when it became unlawful to pray in schools and it has been down hill ever since! No wonder so many are home schooling or sending their children to private schools. Public schools are supported by our tax dollars and sad to say we have little input in how they are run and what is allowed to go on because we would not want to step on any ones rights! And who is paying the price????? Our children and grandchildren!


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
09:09:35

Town Hall Comments

I am another concerned grandmother and I beleive we must put God and Prayer back into our schools and HOMES If these young people have nothing or no one to look up to what else will they do. I Pray for all young people in our schools that this will not happen to them


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
09:12:33

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Hi I to am a grandmother and I think it is about time some one steps up and do something in our schools.The bullie's have over taken most schools and the staff just set in the office and act like all is well when kid's are being hurt and pushed around, when a staff member know's something is or may happen and dosen't try to stop it they should be out of a jod!We send our kid's to school and most think they are safe when they are not! Thank God my kid's are all grown up but my grandkid's are not and they need a safe place to go to school,students need a school staff that will not hide in the office but be in the halls looking out them.Thanks P.S. If our school still had God in them like we had in the old school the bullies would know when they do wrong they would be in hot water with schoolstaff and Dad,& Mom when they got home!


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
09:22:25

Town Hall Comments

I ABSOLUTEY AGREE I HAVE BEEN IN WARDS TWICE FOR SUICIDE ATTEMPTS MYSELF AND UNDERSTNAD THE BULLYING THAT GOES ON EVERYTHING IN THAT LETTER APPLIED TO ME WHY CANT PEOPLE JUST SHOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST???


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
09:33:33

Town Hall Comments

I agree with this concerned grandmother. I am also a concerned grandmother. To date my small grandsons have not encountered the bullying, however, I am convinced it is prevalent in all schools (which is a shame) and a lot of times it is swept under the carpet until something tragic happens. My son-in-law is a policeman and works at a middle school in our hometown. He is even hampered at times with the sweeping away of some things that should be taken care of immediately. Even with police and security personnel, things will happen. It is a darn shame that we cannot even feel comfortable sending our children and/or grandchildren to school without having to worry about them. Then of course, there are the very disturbed, bullies or whatevers that even carry it over on the teachers and principals. Where and when will the madness stop.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
09:53:55

Town Hall Comments

I have some small grand children who are just starting school or are in grace scholl. I worry about the way they will be treated and this helps drive home the point that parents and teachers need to pay attention to what is going on in their schools. Charlotte Smith Rialto Ca


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
09:56:54

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Dear Grandma, If I may, I just lost my grandmother and I'm still heartbroken; The things children have to endour now day is just not fair. Especially when there are people that will sit and watch everything but will do nothing to help out. My Son is at a subburb High School, and he loves school. While in his favorite class: wood shop, he is always upset that they weren't able to finish his project, for other students act out and the Teacher has to deal with the students and no school work gets done. The beliefs about security and making this world go round have been taken out of schools and most people are afraid of speeking up and defending what's right. Sorry for taking this out on you, but I also feel for you deeply about what your grandson is going through. With all my heart, Diana Campos@diana.campos@osfhealthcare.org


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
10:21:35

Town Hall Comments

This sort of behavior is a thing of the future it seems. So many are afraid to get involved or help. The legal system doesnt seem to have a place to put bullies and choose to give them the 3 strikes your out way to go. These bullies feel powerful when they are allowed to do these things and just mind boggling how its allowed to go on. I went to high school in the 70's when everyone knew everyone and there were your clicks. But I dont remember anyone being mistreated because they were poor or smart. I was raised on the farm and had only 3 sets of clothes and associated with all kinds of students from jocks to the really smart kids. I just dont understand what is goin on in the world today. Its a sad thing since in thirty years or so bullies seem to go to school even after they are old enough to quit. Its a shame a child who goes to school to learn has to worry or be stressed to the point of ulcers and the thought of killing themselves over attending school is just overwhelming and sad to me. I have just homeschooled a daughter who graduated this year at the age of 16 she will be 17 in July. Long nights on the computer finding worksheets and reading materials but, thank God she did it and early and I would do it again. We really should have an alternative for bullies such as counciling. The ones I know are raised by the streets and some are children of parents who dont take time with them. A hug and I love you daily wouldnt hurt either. I really understand what parents go through when their kids are signaled out. And, my heart goes out to them to. Maybe we should try no nonsense rules in schools and stick to them. God Bless


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
10:26:48

Town Hall Comments

I SURE DON'T PRETEND TO HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS BUT I WONDER IF PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS COULD GET MORE INVOLVED IN THE SCHOOLS? WHEN MY CHILDREN WERE IN SCHOOL, I WAS DOWN THERE ALMOST EVERY DAY. I WENT TO ALL THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS, GOT TO KNOW THE BOARD MEMBERS BY CALLING THEM WHEN I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT ANYTHING, AND MADE IT A POINT TO KNOW THE TEACHERS , AND NOT ONLY AT TEACHER CONFERENCES. WE CANNOT JUST SIT BACK AND LAMENT! WE HAVE TO GET INVOLVED! CALL OTHER PARENTS THAT YOU KNOW THAT CARE, ALSO. ASK FOR PRAYER IN YOUR CHURCH, AND PRAY, PRAY, PRAY. THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL LEAD YOU TO DOING SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP. WE CANNOT WAIT FOR OTHERS TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS, WE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. JUANITA MCCORMICK, MICHIGAN jmcsr@auis.net


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
11:03:28

Town Hall Comments

Our grandson has attention deficit disorder (Not with hyperactivity) and sever dyslexia. His motor skills have been delayed all of his life. He, also, has no interest in sports. He has been beaten up, taunted, victimized both physically and verbally throughout the first seven years of his schooling. This year, he was enrolled in a middle schoolin September. He was beaten up the first week of school. The parents and students had a meeting. The mother of the perpetrator told our daughter that this was not what her son was being taught. He was punished and told to befriend our grandson He did this, and now they get along just fine. However, the harrassment continued from other students to the point where he was beaten up three more times, and could not use the bathroom at school for fear. My daughter finally informed the principal that a lawsuit would ensue if they did not protect him. This has caused severe lowering of an already fragile self-esteem problem. He has been told by the school officials never to be physical. He has been put on suspension for trying to defend himself. He was advised to tell a teacher, or grown up when the problems arise. When he did this, he was called a victim and a liar. Everything that the school officials tried to do with him was to assuage their concerns on paper, however, in the real world that child was on his own every day. He has been seeing a wonderful psychiatrist to assist him in coping. My daughter got him placed in a new school. For the first time, he has friends. He feels part of the "other kids". He now looks forward to attending classes. I'm physicaly sickened by the impact of this bullying allowed in the schools. They claim that there is no money for adult attendants in the playyards. My response, is find some! Be creative with the monies that are in the budget. The January 2003 issue of Reader's Digest has a very enlightening article on how Chelwood Elementary School in Albuquerque has developed a program which has begun to cope with bullying in a very effective manner. They use a resource that is already there: the students!


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
11:07:43

Town Hall Comments

I too am a concerned grandmother! My grandsons are just starting school and these exact things happening have been on my mind. Yes, we have to do something about it to protect the children. I believe that part of the problem started when God was taken out of the schools. I also believe that part of the problem may be the fact that PARENTS are so ready to sue the school system if any type of discipline of their children transpires. It is a combination of things that have caused these problems only to escalate and definitely get out of control. Perhaps getting involved more with the school will help along with much prayer. Thanks for your powerful message that you have shared. Sandy


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
11:17:26

Town Hall Comments

We do not understand how the teachers can ignore the signs of violence that are in our schools. But, we have done everything we can as parents to take away the right for the school and teachers to discipline our kids. If we will not discipline, then the teachers have to to stop the violence. But, our laws now give the children the "right" to not have to put up with discipline. No wonder our society is deformed today. When it took a village to rear a child, everyone took a hand in telling a child how to conduct their life. That included his/her family, teachers, ministers, store owners, etc. The child was respected as being a child, not a young adult. Being a child was having to learn how to behave in society. Now, we don't allow others to "interfere" with our kids. We will and are reaping just what we have sown.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
11:31:01

Town Hall Comments

To tell you the truth. I worked in a school cafateria and if you ask me from what i have seen it all starts in kindergarten or in the earlier years.. You think you are sending your kids off to be educated and treated fairly.. Well let me tell you for every good teacher they have there or 5 that are not.. if you are not a good student , quite, kinda smart you are an outcast. and the teacher lables you that way .. The kids pick up on it and it starts there the spirel downward fall form year to year till it cannot be fixed.. You say our school have bad students.. Well i say we have bad teachers.. Not that they canot teach but they are the ones that put lables on us first.And the adminastration staff are much worse..They are to high to be there noone cares for these kids and when they do they get no help ..So my morel is if you are not born perfect you are labeled forever.. now the question is...WOH IS PERFECT..AND WHO DECIDES THIS..You guessed it.The very people that sre spose to be your educators.. when ppl are mean to you.. everyhwere you go.. you tend to be mean right back as you grow..Why you ask.. It is all you know.. I have also had my children and grandchildren in these so called public schools there bad..I feel sorry for most all children haveing to be educated today.. they need to go back to the old school .. one teacher for one subject to where you get to know the child you are dealing with... to many changes to many hands in the pot for children so small ..To many people against them from the start .. cuz these teacher do gossip and do get together and talk about the one that they do not like.. then that child is in for big trouble before the teacher even knows them.. prejudged i say... now if this is worth anything and someone seeing something here well thats good I PRAY IT IS SOMEONE IN CHARGE SO MAYBE IT CAN START SOMEWHERE TO FIX THINGS ..OR NOTHING WILL EVR CHANGE...


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
11:41:52

Town Hall Comments

Why doesn't this concerned Grandma start doing something about the situation instead of just complaining about it? Get a group of concerned citizens - parents, grandparents, social workers, etc - together; attend PTA and School Board meetings; write letters to the editors of any and all newspapers in town and publicize the situation. You'd be surprised how many people in the community (even those with no children in the school system) will support you when they learn what's being allowed in the schools. Perhaps the schools have tried to stop the bullying by taking action against the bullies - and been sued by the irate parents whose children "would never do anything like that." This happened in a school my children attended, and it tends to make school administrators and teachers a little gun shy. They need to know the community will support them and that such suits will be thrown out as frivolous. These acts will continue only as long as the community will allow them.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
12:03:04

Town Hall Comments

I have worked as a teacher's aide in the schools for years and find that many children are bullying and causing problems because they do not have enough guidance either at home or school. I was paid a salary to be an aide however I am a grandmother now and I wonder why there aren't more grandmothers and grandfathers volunteering at the schools? They no longer work. Even the parents could come to the schools every 2 or 3 months for several hours and be there not only to observe but to give positive reinforcement to the children. I was always overjoyed to see parents come to the school when I was young. It is definitely a very different world from the one I grew up in the '40s and '50s. We had very strict standards of dress and music. Its anything goes now. Some of the schools are trying to put the children in uniforms but that is no enough. We pay for our childrens' public education WHY NOT GO SEE WHAT YOU ARE PAYING FOR? Sooner or later we are going to PAY for it by not taking the time to participate in our children's most formative years. Madge James, LaPorte, Texas


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
12:25:47

Town Hall Comments

Hi Everyone, I am a grandmother and hear children speak of losing their temper, having no control over the temper, and being downright rude daily. Our schools no longer teach that respect for oneself or another is important. You can say what you want to say, do what you want to do, and no rules apply as they were made to be broken. How does a parent support an education program which since the fifties had been teaching gossiping games and witchcraft ideas to their children? Would it not be better to choose Christian education over secular? And would it not be more fruitful to be able to support ourselves without all the wants that the public television touts? I grew up doing chores, lugging clothes to a clothesline to hang to dry, weeded in a small garden and learned to pray at the beginning and end of each day. I recall not wanting to do my chores, and being rebuffed(scolded) for thinking only of myself. My grandchildren know little of these types of chores as we now have highly sophisticated machines for many of the so-called chores. I thank my mother, father and God for the attitudes I have today. Teach a child to care and you have done a great deal to undo bullying. Bless the people who can begin now, those who have come before and the children of today and tomorrow. Grant them caring hearts. A Grandma, in Christ


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
12:42:24

Town Hall Comments

Add comments: I truly think the responsibility lies with the school officials from the teachers on up. Its apparent that when a child has a good teacher he or she resonds and is happy when a bad or poor teacher is in the picture the results are the oposite. The unhappy child becomes the bully type . A teacher can make or break a child in the early years. We need more teachers who rely on christian principrincipals. Of course the home life has a part in the development. God help the parents & children to be all that they can be.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
12:54:14

Town Hall Comments

This excellent and I couldn't say it better. We lose so many or our youth because we cannot slot them and the child dares to be different. We pray for our grandchildren who have the strength to be themselves and survive.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
13:00:54

Town Hall Comments

I can relate to your story. My son was also NOT a crowd follower. He was picked on constantly for it. He even had his hand broken as a result of not conforming to the pattern. In this case, the pattern was NOT to go along with the bullies and NOT allowing himself to be dragged into their pranks. The pranks included ripping out neighbor's mail boxes, breaking car windows, etc. Well, my son was 'raised right' he attends church and believes there is always a better way, one just has to find it. He was small for his age and thought that could have been one of the reasons he was being picked on. He also would stick up for other kids who needed some help, for what ever reason A friend encouaged him to join a karate class. He did. He gained courage and a sense of inner conviction. Karate taught him that there are three important things in life: Church, home and family, also that strenght comes from within and if you have that you don't need to fight. How did this help him? One day, getting off of the school bus in High Shool, he was being tormented by these same boys. He dropped his school bag, assumed the Karate 'pose', stared them straight in the eyes -- and the boys ran off - they never bothered him again!


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
13:07:49

Town Hall Comments

it seems to me like when God was taken out of our schools then the trouble began and the school doors were opened up to the devil......... (((((((((((PUT GOD BACK IN THE SCHOOLS)))))))))))))))))))


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
13:11:03

Town Hall Comments

I KNOW HOW THIS GRANDMOTHER FEELS I HAVE A TEN YEAR OLD GRANDSON THAT I HAVE CUSTODY OF BECAUSE HE WAS BEING ABUSED BY MY DAUGHTERS EX-BOYFRIEND. HE IS PICKED ON EVERYDAY AT HIS SCHOOL ALSO OVER HIS LAST NAME. HE IS NOW IN A SPECIAL RESOURCE PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE LIKE HIM. IT ISN'T BAD ENOUGH HE WAS ABUSED AT HOME BUT TO GO TO SCHOOL AND GET CALLED NAMES ALSO IS A LITTLE TO MUCH. ALSO THIS SCHOOL DID NOTHING BUT SURGEST HE GO INTO A SPECIAL PROGRAM. I FELT IT WAS BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE CAN'T BE BOTHERED WITH KIDS TODAY THAT HAVE BEEN MISTREATED AND ARE MISUNDERSTOOD. THEY DON'T CARE TO FIND OUT WHY A CHILD IS QUIET AND WITHDRAWN LETS JUST PUT HIM SOMEWHERE ELSE AND KEEP THE BULLYS HERE. IT IS SAD WHEN A 10 YEAR OLD SAYS HE IS A DEFECT. I FEEL THE PAIN OF THIS GRANDMOTHER AND I REALLY UNDERSTAND HER CONCERNS.I'M A NANA WHO IS CONCERNED WITH TODAYS TEACHINGS. ALL WENT DOWN HILL WHEN THEY TOOK GOD OUT OF SCHOOL.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
13:38:51

Town Hall Comments

hANG IN THERE GRANDMA: I am sure that there are many people praying for you.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
13:40:45

Town Hall Comments

I really liked this article. It is so true. I work at a school as a lunch and recess monitor. I see alot of bullying that goes on. We send the bullies back to detention/time out during this time, but after a few times, they think it is fun to go back to it. They have no remorse over their actions. We all wonder what do we do. Time out and detentions do not work, and a lot of the bullies are repeat offenders. They do not care who they hurt or anything else. Parents such as I wonder where the authority is in cases such as these repeating bullies keep doing. It seems likes there should be something out there that will help us all with these bullies. Thank you for letting me voice my comments to you. I hope that God will help us find the answers in the near future, because something needs to be done about this matter.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
13:53:31

Town Hall Comments

I am a grandmother of two beautiful grandaughters. They are 16 and 11 years old. They endure some very stressful days at school at the hands of bullies. Although the oldest is teased about the way she dress;s it is much more than that. She is a pretty skinny blond girl and is called every ugly name you can think of. WHY??? I wish i knew why these kids have nothing better to say to a child than something so very hurtful.Something that can break thier very young hearts. It may be because she is different but that is no excuse. Thank God we are not all alike. He made us different. Her name is Jessie and she is a CHRISTIAN. And we are very proud of her. She carrys her bible to school sometimes and the ridicule is even worse. She is called Jesus Freak and wierdo and many other names. It hurts her as well as with the 11 year old but they are very proud to be a christian. I dont know what it will take for these bullies to stop abuseing innocent children. Just because these kids dont do drugs,drink,cuss and have sex they are labeled wierd. Truth is the ones who are abused could teach them a thing or two. I know all i can do is pray for the abused and the bullies. This has got to stop some how sometime. Let it be now befor another innocent child dies. If you are the parent of a bullie...get them the help they need so they dont continue to hurt innocent children. If you are a bullie....Leave us alone and seek help for your selfs. If it takes hurting someone else to bring attention to yourselfs then you have a problem. And if you are a child who has been bullied by someone....Jesus loves you so much he died for you. You are wonderfully and perfectly made by God. And God dont make no junk. We love you too. May God bless you all PRAYING GRANDMOTHER


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
14:32:39

Town Hall Comments

We sadly need to get some DISCIPLINE back into schools to make for an atmophere more conducive to learning. Parents should make sure their children know discipline A teacher who tries to bring order in a classroom should be commended and should a child try to sue ,the case should be thrown out of court Anyone who wants their rights should remember others rights


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
15:02:17

Town Hall Comments

Maybe the harassed students should turn the tables around a bit. When they are being picked by the other kids, why don't they offer to tutor the bullies. There shouldn't be a lowered self esteem because you are different or more advanced. Have confidence and offer to share what you know. You might be surprised. The bully might have the low self esteem.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
15:05:10

Town Hall Comments

I am a retired school teacher. I taught 38 years, from Florida to Japan (my husband was in the Air Force). I loved every minute I was with the children! Then we came back to Florida for the last ten years of my career. I can honestly say, for the last ten years of my career, I was cursed everyday (some of the names they called me, I didn't even know what what they meant. When I would ask my husband what they meant he would insist I quit. I stopped asking him because it would up-set him so much). We are hiring un-qualified teachers in our public school (some can't even speak the English language and have NO knowledge of child development. Some of the teachers haven't the baic knowledge of the subject they are teaching.). I totally agree with the person who wrote that for ever one good teacher there are five bad ones (unqualified ones). That means you are lucky if your child has two or three excellent teachers during their school years! I was also a teacher's supervisor for seven of my years during my career). You cannot fire these teachers if they have tenure (usually three years. If you complain to the school-boards or the principle before they receive tenure, you get answers like "Oh, they are young yet, let's give them one more try" or "I am not touching that one, I don't want the Naacp on my back", or "Yes, I agree with you but she knows Senator So and So". It is all so political, now, and it will not be changed until the Naional Education Association is demolished. They are the largest lobbying group in the United States. I use my retirement money (Ha!) to pay for my medical insurance and to pay tutition for my grandchildren (two) to attend private school where they can get a good education! These are some of the best teachers I know. Their pay (on the average) is lower than the public school teachers, but they are in it because they love teaching and to hear a child say "Mrs. So and so, I didn't know I was so smart" when the child has learned a concept. And believe me, these teachers stay with the concept until the child learns it! There is no more rewarding thing in life than teaching a little one and seeing his/her face light up when they have learned the concept. Unfortunately, most of the teachers today aren't in the profession for that reason today.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
15:06:54

Town Hall Comments

I am a retired school teacher. I taught 38 years, from Florida to Japan (my husband was in the Air Force). I loved every minute I was with the children! Then we came back to Florida for the last ten years of my career. I can honestly say, for the last ten years of my career, I was cursed everyday (some of the names they called me, I didn't even know what what they meant. When I would ask my husband what they meant he would insist I quit. I stopped asking him because it would up-set him so much). We are hiring un-qualified teachers in our public school (some can't even speak the English language and have NO knowledge of child development. Some of the teachers haven't the baic knowledge of the subject they are teaching.). I totally agree with the person who wrote that for ever one good teacher there are five bad ones (unqualified ones). That means you are lucky if your child has two or three excellent teachers during their school years! I was also a teacher's supervisor for seven of my years during my career). You cannot fire these teachers if they have tenure (usually three years. If you complain to the school-boards or the principle before they receive tenure, you get answers like "Oh, they are young yet, let's give them one more try" or "I am not touching that one, I don't want the Naacp on my back", or "Yes, I agree with you but she knows Senator So and So". It is all so political, now, and it will not be changed until the Naional Education Association is demolished. They are the largest lobbying group in the United States. I use my retirement money (Ha!) to pay for my medical insurance and to pay tutition for my grandchildren (two) to attend private school where they can get a good education! These are some of the best teachers I know. Their pay (on the average) is lower than the public school teachers, but they are in it because they love teaching and to hear a child say "Mrs. So and so, I didn't know I was so smart" when the child has learned a concept. And believe me, these teachers stay with the concept until the child learns it! There is no more rewarding thing in life than teaching a little one and seeing his/her face light up when they have learned the concept. Unfortunately, most of the teachers today aren't in the profession for that reason today.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
15:22:20

Town Hall Comments

AMEN AND AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
15:44:03

Town Hall Comments

WELL! THAT SHOULDEN'T BE A SURPRISE TO ANY BODY, WHEN PARENTS CAN'T CORRECT THEIR KIDS WITH OUT GETTING INTO TROUBLE WITH THE LAW,THATS JUST PART OF THE PROBLEM. THE KIDS KNOW THAT AND USE IT TO THEIR ADVANTAGE. THE LAW NEEDS TO BE CHANGED,CONCERNING,PARENTIL, CORRECTION, WHEN PARENTS TAKE BACK CONTROL,THEN THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT. BUT I DON'T SEE THAT HAPPENING.I'M A GREAT GRAND MOTHER. WOE UNTO OUR CHILDREN OF THIS ERA... WILSJUD@WMCONNECT.COM


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
16:03:42

Town Hall Comments

Hi!I'm 13 years old and I live in a big city where the area is full of violence,drugs,alcohol and smoking. I am a born again Christian and I have been to two different secondary schools in different areas,but have found it quite hard to settle.This is mainly because I work hard in lessons,don't act like the popular kids do and because some people know I go to Church!When ever I have asked people what they think about Christianity they say they do believe in God but they just don't like the idea of being commited!I have takn a couple of my closest friends to Churh with me on different occasions, when my Church had outings or Fun Days which they really enjoyed! Unfortunatley it is going to get worse because i believe that we are living in the end times, we important job to do, by praying for all these people including bullys. Also we can help a little bit by sharing our faith and trusting in god to give you the oppertunitys to share the gospel with people.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
16:38:04

Town Hall Comments

Call the school & just voice your concerns over this to counselors,principals or whomever will listen. Then tell others to do the same. Also call news stations, radio stations & the newspaper or just put your letter in the local editorial section. Other people will listen. I feel for these kids. There are many out there who understand. Only a few seem to be popular or have loud voices now but things change which is hard for young people to see at that time. I will pray as others will also for our world's children. An older mother & grandmother too


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
17:07:43

Town Hall Comments

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH CONCERNED GRANDMA THAT SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE. IT , UNFORTUNATELY HAS TO START WITH THE PARENTS, TO WHICH SO MANY OF THEM SIMPLY DON'T CARE WHAT GOES ON WITH THEIR KIDS, THEY'RE SO WRAPPED UP IN THEIR OWN LIVES, THE KIDS TAKE A BACK SEAT. TODAY WHILE WALKING IN THE PARK, A GROUP OF TEENAGERS FROM ONE OF THE SCHOOLS WERE ALSO ON THE TRAILS. THIS IS PART OF THE CONVERSATION I OVERHEARD. ONE YOUNG MAN SAID, "BOY I CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR THE GRADUATION PARTIES, I KNOW I'M GOING TO GET REALLY DRUNK." AT WHICH THE GIRLS AGREED ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY HAVE ENJOYED GETTING DRUNK IN THE PAST. THEN THIS BOY SAID, "BOY YOU SHOULD TRY HEROIN, WHAT A BLAST, WHAT A HIGH." THEY'RE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL!!! I CONTINUED WALKING PAST THEM, BUT SHOULD HAVE STOPPED AND TOLD THEM ABOUT MY 22 YEAR OLD GRANDSON, WHO IS SERVING 3 YEARS IN PRISON BECAUSE OF HIS ADDICTION TO HEROIN. THE FATHER OF OF MY GRANDSON,MY SON IN LAW,IS AN ALCOHOLIC. NOW HE HAS HIS YOUNGER SON DRINKING RIGHT ALONG WITH HIM. KIDS LEARN FROM THE EXAMPLES THE ADULTS SET FOR THEM. GOD HELP THEM, THEY'RE TAVELING THE SAME PATH!! NOREEN


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
17:19:00

Town Hall Comments

Unfortunately, things have NOT changed in some areas since I was in school and graduated in 1967. There were bullies in MY small town school in Ohio as well. I was NOT rich and NOT popular and NOT one of the "click". I never began my menstrual cycle until the age of 16, so I was flat-chested and INCREDIBLY brutalized by boys AND girls who were my age. The only thing that helped ME was to go to a vocational high school which was 25 miles away. Because we were ALL new students coming into one school from five different counties, the kids did NOT have an attitude problem. As a result, I graduated from my high school and this two year vocational high school as a member of the National Honor Society, even though I was considered an outcast by the REGULAR kids in my high school. Kids can be SO CRUEL to one another and I can tell you that even now, at the age of 54, I STILL am "smarting" from the NASTY things that were said TO me and ABOUT me by my classmates. I would have WELCOMED the support of a loving Mom, but SHE spent my entire childhood as WELL as most of my adult life (until she died a year ago) telling me was an "accident" and that I should NEVER have been born. She reinforced it by daily verbal and physical abuse. Thank God I had a Daddy, who though he was an alcoholic, STILL told me he LOVED me. The ONLY thing that helped me get through high school was being involved in a Lutheran Church where I was taught that God does NOT make mistakes and He does NOT make JUNK! I highly suggest that if your kids and grandkids are NOT in a loving home environment where they are getting emotional support from BOTH parents, that you PERSONALLY, as their GRANDPARENTS, get them involved in a Christian Church Youth Group where the kids are TAUGHT with moral and Biblical principals to NOT verbally or physically abuse each other. The problem with society today is that parents are NOT parenting their own kids. It is easier to give your child a new car full of gas and a set of car keys then it is to find parents who actually want to PARENT their children. My son didn't have to undergo ANY of the abuse that I did because I made SURE that he didn't. I kept him actively involved in his church youth group, and I CONSTANTLY built up his self-esteem so that he felt GOOD about himself and so he knew he could come to ME to talk about ANYTHING! I thought THEN and I still do NOW, that parenting is THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT job that God has EVER given to a married couple or a divorced single parent. Although I was divorced and single MOST of my son's life, I loved him enough to ensure that he did NOT get EVERYTHING that he wanted--as far as material goods--but I DID ensure that he got ALL of my LOVE and ENCOURAGEMENT from ME as his Mom. If alot of the young parents today would stay OFF the booze and the drugs and if they had the MATURITY that it takes to NURTURE their children, there would NOT be all this abuse going on either in the HOMES of the kids OR in the schools. Madeline Murray O'Hair took prayer out of our school, which was VERY unfortunate. But parents are ALSO to blame because many of them just stopped PARENTING because they felt it was MORE important to have TWO incomes (so they could have a HIGHER standard of living monetarily), but at what cost?? I get ALOT of heartburn when I hear some working mother on TV saying to a stay-at-home Mom, "Oh, well YOU don't WORK!" Guess what?? Staying at home and actually BEING a full-time nurturing, loving Mom is an AWESOME and MOST desirable vocation ESPECIALLY when your child turns out to have self-esteem and is highly successful in his career as MY 31 yr. old son now is! I am PROUD of the fact that I thought being his Mom was MORE important than having an SUV and a travel trailer! I wouldn't have changed my life as his full-time mother at all. On the several occasions where I DID do some part-time work outside of the home, my son (who happened to be my only child) would come home to an empty house and tell me how much he missed coming home to have his Mom there to talk to about his school day. Our schools will be MUCH better WHEN and IF parents realize that it is THEIR job to raise their children and NOT the school's job. When they DO come to that realization they will ALSO realize that they should SUPPORT the teachers and NOT put the teachers down in front of their kids. Parents should be ACTIVELY in CONTACT with their teachers about their children and let the teacher know that IF and WHEN their child misbehaves in school, they want to HEAR about it. We have become a sue-happy society, and too many parents today want to SUE a teacher or SUE a school because their kids are misbehaving or because their kids are coming to school half naked, they have their hair cut in a MOHAWK haircut which is dyed green, or their bodies are covered in tatoos or body piercings! The teachers are SUPPOSED to have the ATTENTION of the kids. HOW on earth is a teacher SUPPOSED to get their attention when other students are dressed or "undressed" like a neon sign?? Thank God we had DRESS CODES when I was in school! We need to get back to DRESS CODES and teaching our children to RESPECT authority. If we castrate a teacher because they are rightfully punishing our child at school, then WHAT kind of message are we GIVING our own kids? It ALL has to do with a Christian viewpoint and COMMON SENSE, and I fear that TOO many people lack COMMON SENSE and a Christian viewpoint in today's society. We teach our children by the way WE act, and our kids are a product of their environment. The ONLY way that can be CHANGED is for the parents to GROW UP and change THEMSELVES!! Our schools should NEVER have gotten so LAX to the point where it was necessary for them to have METAL DETECTORS installed in order for the students to walk through the school's front doors!! Our schools should ALSO have NEVER gotten into the business of parenting our children when it has been OUR job all along!! They are spending more time trying to discipline children who are threatening the teachers and other kids then the time they SHOULD be spending on TEACHING our children!! We CAN'T keep blaming our teachers because our own children can't control their own behavior! Do you realize HOW many kids are diagnosed today as being "learning disabled"? When I was a volunteer reading mentor at a middle school in Texas I was TOTALLY amazed and it was beyond my comprehension that SO many 8th grade kids were ONLY able to read at a 3rd grade level!! I am embarrassed to have to TELL you this, but the special education teacher confided in me that ALOT of the children who are in our schools today have parents who are doing drugs at home and they are ALSO giving these drugs AND alcohol to their own kids!! SHOCKING but TRUE!! That's why there are so many kids on DRUGS today because of behavior problems and reading comprehension problems!! If you are a grandparent and you have some free time, why don't you volunteer to spend a few hours a week just mentoring one child by helping them READ? If you don't want to go to SCHOOL to do it, at LEAST take an interest in helping your GRANDCHILDREN read and do their homework. Most of these kids get NO help with their homework because both Mom and Dad are working, so they don't want to be "BOTHERED" helping their kids with homework when they get home. I NEVER sent my son to school WITHOUT ensuring that he had completed his homework as SOON as he got HOME from school--THEN and only THEN, he went outside to PLAY!! I always reviewed it to make sure it was FINISHED and not just "halfway" finished. You may think that it is too harsh to expect your kids to do their homework as soon as they get home, but a big cold glass of milk and some homemade cookies go a LONG WAY toward giving them the energy they need to do their homework right away and be FINISHED with it for the REST of the day. Then are then free to play with their toys or watch TV (HOPEFULLY being "monitored" by Mom or Dad), and then your child can go to bed and sleep peacefully knowing their homework is FINISHED and they DON'T have to go to school the next day feeling afraid of what the teacher is going to say about the fact that their homework is NOT finished!! These are ALL just SIMPLE, common sense things that WE, as parents, can do to make life EASIER on our kids because they are already under such stress thanks to today's computer-oriented society and the violence in the world!! If more parents would DO something like I did--to LOVE your kids enough to take PERSONAL responsibility for them--then we most likely would NOT be in this situation of abuse and harrassment in our schools and there most likely would NOT have been an incident like Columbine and the OTHERS that followed it!! If your GROWN KIDS are NOT controlling and/or parenting your grandchildren, then it would behoove you to take responsibility of parenting your grandkids YOURSELF to ENSURE that they ARE parented, loved, and taught how to behave in public, and also taught HOW to feel moral and religious responsibilities as well as COMPASSION for those kids or senior adults in society who are harassed or disabled! Believe me, the school system and society in general will THANK you for it!! The way the public schools are TODAY, if I knew my grandchild was in a school like Columbine, I would PERSONALLY pay tuition for him or her to go to a Christian school. Why wait until you are dead and your kids are 21 to give them your "inheritance". Give them the "inheritance" and benefit of your love for them NOW, when they NEED it. THEN, when they are older, they will KNOW how to spend their monetary inheritance WISELY and PERHAPS to the benefit of those who are poor and suffering monetarily! God bless ALL of you and thanks for allowing me to "SOUND OFF"! --Barbie


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
17:20:03

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No offence ment to religion But what is needed for the kids today is more of a upbringing of Morals and Disipline and THAT Starts with the Parents and how they were brought up !! And of coarse how they pass on what they were brought up to belive.. IF we are not careful the USA could find itself in the SAME situation as of those in the Mid East ,,, so Backward that they would CUT off a Childs Hand Because he was so hungry he had to steal Bread to survive ............... when it is that bad in any Country it is only the FAULT of the Parents and the SO Called (((( govERNMENT FOR THEIR PEOPLE ))))))))) ((((( WE ))))) The Adults and the Leaders of this world ... CAN CHANGE THIS WORLD FOR THE BETTER IF WE TRY TO <<<<<<< IF WE START >>>> SOON <<<<< (( VERY SOON )) I won't throw in a Bible Segment It isn't need I HOPE !!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
17:21:12

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Dear Steven & Becca I agree totaly with this concerned grandma I too have a 14 year old son whom is very smart and is also a christian he is in the eight grade and will be going into high school this fall he to has been called gay picked on just because he chooses to be different and not do drugs or alchol and hang out with the jocks i think we need to bring prayer & the reading of the bible back in our public schools there would be less shootings and better students because they would have more respect for each other Tom Miller A Concerned Dad


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
17:23:10

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I couldn't agree with you more. I always think of that commentary that started something like First they came for>>>>>>> and I did nothing because it wasn't me. One day we will all answer not only for our actions but our inactions as well. Perhaps even a litte more for our inactions. All it takes is one good man to do nothing right? I will pray for your grandson and friends. Kudos to them for their courage and their being able to recognize the bigger picture. A lesson that we all have seemed to forgotten. You must be very proud of him, for his forsight and character. He is the kind of person that we need in this troubled world. Thank you for sharing your story. Sundayhare@aol.com


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
17:39:23

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If we put God & Prayer back in school it may not be this way. But I think them Bullies ought to be kick out of school for what they do.No school is safe any more. It would be better to home school your kids. April 28


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
17:39:24

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If we put God & Prayer back in school it may not be this way. But I think them Bullies ought to be kick out of school for what they do.No school is safe any more. It would be better to home school your kids. April 28


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
17:50:04

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To Grandma: Please send this article to as many newpapers as possible. Send it to TV stations.... make flyers and have posted different places. Start a WEB page regarding kids being harrassed at school. Send this article to Government officials..... Send it to the school superintendents in as many school districts as possible.... Send this article to as many as possible.... Hopefully, school officials will begin to protect and look out for children. Not only help the children being victimized, but maybe it will help the bullies also. May God Bless and Protect all of the children.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
18:15:09

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I TO AM A CONCERNED GRANDMOTHER FROM CANADA MY GRANDSON IS ONLY 6 AND HE HAS TOLD ME ABOUT THIS BOY THAT IS BIGGER THAN THEM AND HE IS ALWAYS TRYING TO HURT THE SMALLER KIDS. iT IS A SAD STATE WHEN 6 YEAR OLDS ARE ALREADY BULLIES IT M AKES A PERSON WONDER WHAT KIND OF A HOME LIFE THEY HAVE


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
18:26:30

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I have come to the point where I dread sending my 12 year old daughter to school... wondering and worrying all day about what is happening...is she being excluded from the "group" in the classroom...what slandering names is she being called...will she eat lunch alone again...will she be pushed down and have another basketball thrown at her after she is picked last for the team...will she have her head knocked against a wall...pushed down and kicked by a girl that the counselor of the school told my daughter "she has problems"!!! When my daughter was only trying to be her friend...How many rocks will be thrown at her....how many milk cartons... Speaking to the principal...the school conselor...and the superintendent has got me nowhere!! The principal has told me and my daughter to have her come to her when there is a problem...When I ask my daughter on a daily basis "how her day was" she tells me yet another horror story!!! When I ask her if she told a teacher or the principal...she says "yes"....the teacher tells her "I am to busy right now!!! The principal tells me she feels my daughter is "over dramatizing the situation"!!! I admit my daughter can be "to hyper" at times...she talks really fast...but she is a very outgoing child...very friendly...likes to try and be involved in things...and until this year has never had a problem making friends and fitting in...She has always loved school....It has gotten to the point where she doesn't even want to go!! Can't say that I blame her!! Why can't these other students just leave her alone??? She is somewhat overweight...but does not deserve to be refered to as "having more rolls than the bakery"!!! I am a single mom..I work full-time...and can't just take off whenever I want....and go to the school...to watch and see what is going on...course you know what would happen then...they would know I was there....and cover their you-know-whats!!! So what is my next step??? Right in the handbook of the school it says that harrassment...abuse...etc...will not be tolerated!!! I keep hearing that there is nothing I can do!! To just change schools...that may help...but why should I give in to them??? I just don't know where to go from here....any suggestions?? This just breaks my heart to see my daughter go through this!!! We all have to help these innocent victims....But how???


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
18:47:56

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0. I am surprised things have not esculated more then they have , I hear the young people speaking of the things going on in their schools , and it is hard to emagine trying to learn under these circumstances . I have a 7 year old niece in school and I hear of things that should not be going on there , but no one seems to mind . Until we put God back first in the American familys , and prayer back in our schools I am afraid things will not improve . I can understand the grandparents worries !!


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
18:59:54

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I went to a Catholic grammer school & was taught respect for everyone. I went to a public hi-school & if there was any type of problems, there was a very strict principal you were sent to. This was in the 40's & 50's. Today too many parents are too permisable. It's always the teacher's fault. Children need to be held accountable for their actions. Not always thinking it is everyone else's fault. I know in hi-school if anyone did wrong, you had detention where you had to do extra work. Do not beleive in suspending children to give them more time to get into trouble. I had 4 children & have 11 grandchildren & if they misbehave, they are punished by taking things they like to do away. No one is perfect but we must give our young ones more time & teach them right from wrong & that they must be responsible for their actions. This should come from ther parents. They need alot of love & not be bullied as that makes them into bullies. Teachers & parents should care enough to be there for their children & be interested in their lives. GOD BLESS US ALL if we don't teach our children at an early age to respect one another even if we are all different. We are all God's children.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
19:07:02

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It is so sad to know that so many people do not want to get "involved"! I wonder what God thinks? I can see that most of these people do not wonder. Such a shame!


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
19:26:43

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my son has been bullied at school it has been going on for almost 3 years now & i feel the school is not doing its part i have been to the school several times i tell them i want this kid out of school but they dont want to do that. i feel they protect the bully & not my son. last time i was at school i told them next time my son gets hit by this bully i will have the cops at school. they didnt seem to like that but thats to bad so far that bully has been leaving my son alone (for now) somethings needs to be done about this bulling it happens way to much & the school staff just looks the other way we are supose to feel safe when we send our children to school our children are supose to be safe at school a concerned mom


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
19:31:58

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Dear Grandma, I wrote earlier about my son who was harrassed in school and beat up on because he was born with a hare lip/cleft palate and was also hyperactive......He solved his problem by finishing his senior year at a community college and got a Diploma from the state....while also earning college credits...I forwarded the link to this page and asked him to write what he would advise you or your grandson to do...He took Karate,now a black belt and gained confidence,so I was surprised at the answer I got from him.....(I don't think he wrote directly to this site himself) but I will attach what he had to say,even though it bothers me that he still feels this way at 40,but I guess you had to have been there to understand it.......There are couple of good suggestions also for making the schools and the perpetrators accountable....SEE FOLLOWING: Subject: Re: Bullies In Our Schools Frankly, Columbine wasn't a surprise to me. Instead of the kids turning the violence inward on themselves, they turn it on the bullies. In the old the west, the called the gun, the great equalizer. If you have a 90 pound kid, versus a 150 pound kid, the 90 pounder doesn't stand a chance. To a certain extent, I don't blame the kids from Columbine. If the administrators wont do anything, I suggest the people call the police, or file a lawsuit. If they wont do anything, I suggest the kids go to school with some automatic weapons and take the bullies out of the gene pool. If they are going to kill themselves, at least take some of those responsible with them.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ( This is mom now, this is inside the mind of some of the kids that have been there and have suffered through it....Maybe if these bullies are charged with assault for any physical abuse, or taken to small claims court for medical bills, or the schools or individual teachers,etc.who fail to protect our children are sued things will change..When your child is assaulted call the police instead of just counting on the school to handle it.....get it on the record and if enough parents do it , things will have to change,and as others have said contact the local papers,send these comments to the local school board, support your teachers when they try to change things,but never be silent...There is no greater gift than a child to love and to raise to a happy.productive life, hopefully in Christ or at least with faith in a higher being...MY PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF THE CHILDREN OUT THERE WHO HAVE SUFFERED THROUGH THIS,AND FOR THEIR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS WHO ARE TRYING TO HELP....GOD BLESS, CAROL J.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
19:32:14

Town Hall Comments

Getting prayer and God back in our schools is the best answer and letting parents discipline children, not abuse them but correct them for misbehaving


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
19:32:39

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This is going on in more schools than we realize ,and it is a shame,I dont know what we can do about it, but it is a shame that our school employees does not report things that they over hear and try to put a stop to it before it happens.I sure am glad that it was not that way when our children was going to school. But now i have Grandchildren in school and I fear for them all the time, we need GOD! back in our Schools. THANKS Margaret Taylor R Rockingham, N.C


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
19:33:30

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This is going on in more schools than we realize ,and it is a shame,I dont know what we can do about it, but it is a shame that our school employees does not report things that they over hear and try to put a stop to it before it happens.I sure am glad that it was not that way when our children was going to school. But now i have Grandchildren in school and I fear for them all the time, we need GOD! back in our Schools. THANKS Margaret Taylor R Rockingham, N.C


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
20:26:06

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MY COMMENTS FOR THE GRANDMOTHER. I THINK YOU SHOULD PUT AN ARTICAL IN THE NEWSPAPER FOR ALL CONCERNED PARENTS TO HOLD A MEETING. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IS NOT RUN PROPERLY. DO YOU HAVE AN ELECTED SCHOOL SUPEIENTENDENT? IF SO ALL CONCERNED PARENTS SHOULD HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING AND DEMAND THAT THERE BE SOME CONTROL OF THE STUDENTS. SEEMS LIKE NOBODY IS DOING THEIR JOB. IT IS NOT ONLY IN YOUR AREA, OR SCHOOL, IT IS ACROSS THE NATION. WHEN THEY TOOK PADDELING THE CHILDREN (WHEN CHILDREN MISBEHAVE) AND ALSO WHEN THEY TOOK GOD OUT OF SCHOOLS, ETC. IN MY DAYS WE WERE PUNISHED IN SCHOOL, AND AGAIN WHEN WE GOT HOME. THERE WAS RESPECT. YOU PARENTS, AND GRANDPARENTS NEED TO TAKE A STAND. YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE. AND I WANT A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. CONCERNED ABOUTTHE FUTURE OF MY COUNTRY. NK


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
20:37:01

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After being bullied for more then 3 yrars my 13 year old grandson moved 1800 miles to live with his father. He left his mon brother and 3 year old sister that he loves very much.The school has looked the other way for all that time. He has seen nothing being done about the injustice done to him and he is becomming a bullie.I miss him very much and will only see him in the summer. He will be with his dad during the school year. All schools must inforce a no tolarance policy when it comes to bullies. Who will the next bullies victum be ? It needs to stop. No one is listening in Hannibal. I Love you Corey. Grandma


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
20:43:27

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I agree. When kids act, dress different, have different views they are labeled 'gay' or'losers'. Why can't kids just accept everyone for who they are and not judge. Children learn what they live! The 'gay' and 'losers'are the children of our future and the ones who are going to run the country. What will the bullies say when these kids make something of themselves and the bullies wind up confronted by the 'gay' kids when they become a judge, senator, govenor or maybe president. Will they say "Oh, I remember him from school, he was my friend." I think not! Judge least you be judged.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
20:48:24

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First of all, make sure your children know you love and support them. Next, get involved with your children at church and teach them it's ok to be different....Jesus was. Keep the lines of communation open.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
20:51:24

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When will they allow 'God' back in our schools? It seems since prayer has been missing things have only gotten worse. Also, why dont' teachers report what they think is going to happen. What has become of our society. PLEASE ALLOW PRAYER BACK IN THE SCHOOLS. IT CERTAINLY CAN'T HURT! It can only improve. There are so many good kids out there. It has to start with them to help bring prayer back in the schools so that another Columbine will not happen again. Only God has the answer to these issues. Lets all pray now for all those bullies in school and the children that are hurt by them! Pray is so powerful, but we have to do it to make it happen.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
20:56:03

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I think that all the rules should change back to what my parents where. My mom use to tell me how they did not get to tell the teachers off or hit the teacher or swear at them. The lawyers should go to school every day and be with these children, and so should the parent one parent every day to ride the bus and go to school.These children are way out of hand. My mother and father believed in not letting me get by with all the kids do now days and it keeps getting worst. My grandson told his mother that he didn't have to do anything at home and didn't have to do his home work because if the did something about that he would go to the police. Need less to say he is still doing his work. but where do they get these ideas? i think going to school with saying a pray would be nice.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
21:28:35

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I just read the story the Grandmother wrote and then went to the page to read some of the comments. I also agree that we need God back in the schools, but we also need control. Most people who are over our schools do not care, they just slap the bad ones on the hand and say do not do that again. Not all these kids that are the bullies are the rich kids. I worked at a school in the town I am from for over 13 years and it was a low income school. Most of the kids there were picked on at home by parents that were on drugs, or a brother or sister that was older so that is the only thing they learned it to pick on others smaller or weaker than them. I have seen in the school where I worked that parents would be contacted and most of the time they would defend their child, then the system would just let it go, so it is the system along with the parents. I think that once they keep this up they should be kicked out of school. Then you have the school system say that every child has a right to an education. Our school systems are going down the drain. It is not a lot of the teachers fault, it is the system for they tie the teachers hands and tell them do not do this or that just report it. You report it to a principal and they just say I will take care of it and talk to the student, which just makes it worse if nothing is done. You know a principal is suppose to be the adult friend to all kids but I think they are they ones who are afraid, for they just do not want to do much about it, and if they report it to a higher person in your towns personel office it just stops there. I really feel one of the main things after God is we need to bring punishment back into the schools for those who do not know how to behave. This school I worked at had kids in a program called, TABS, which was for the really bad kids that could not be controlled. It is sad that our schools have come to this level. I Thank God that my kids are grown but I have six grandchildren in the schools and what I hear my grown kids say about what goes on just upsets me. I have a granddaughter that lives in northern NM and she says the teachers use very bad language in the schools, cuss. I do not understand why standards are not kept with the teachers. I was a sub-teacher for over 18 years total and when they started to do a search on the sub-teachers and not the teachers then I stopped working for the school. I do know for a fact that the school system I worked for in NM that we had three teachers over a ten year period that was arrested for sexual mis-conduct to students. That is why I was upset that they want to check a sub but not the teachers, this is a new law in NM. Our schools have gone down the drain and I do think that if more churches would get together and work together to start Christian schools that this would be the answer to a lot of the problem. These churches do not have to bring in their own teachings, just the word of God and the laws of the bible. To the Grandmother that wrote this story, call on the talk show people, like Oprah, or Dr. Phil. He had bullies on his show once and he did not take anything from them, he told them just what he thought of them and what he thought was their personal problem. Thanks for hearing me out, I am not signing my name because I do not want my grandchild to get flack due to their grandmother speaking out, and yes that happens also. From New Mexico...our new govenor was going to do so much but all he did is take power away for the people who did care what was going on and let the ones in control that do not need to be in control.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
21:51:56

Town Hall Comments

Every generation has had its problems. The wars, depression, recession..sex, drugs and rock an roll. Now we have music that glorifies drug use, criminal activities, some songs..and I use that term loosely use the "F" word in every sentence...There is no respect for parents, teachers, police or any adult. Turn on t.v. during the day and see what kids can watch after school..most are latch key kids as both parents have to work to meake ends meet..or they want this and that..not just needed things but "keep up with the neighbor things....when they are home they are tired and stressed out..no time for the kids...let them watch t.v., listen to hate music or play on the computer (every check what they are doing on the inter-net??? Ever check out the games they play on game boy, or any of the electronic games.... Parents need to take control when the children are little and "raise" children..instill in them principles, respect, and a little fear...what the concequences will be if they misbehave. Know who your children's friends are...and what they are into. Get involved in your children's lives when they are young...be a parent and a friend. Let them know you love them and they can always come to you..but that you expect them to not disappoint you. Give them goals to reach for..praise them..treat them with respect and let them know you expect the same. Spend time with them..do things with them..build up their self esteem..get them involved in lots of activities so they don't have time to get into things the shouldn't..and be involved in things they do. Be consistent..when they are little it is so much easier to give in to their "wants" and whinning..and complaining...but as a parent you may wish you said no and stuck to it when they become teens and expect to do what they want, when they want and with who they want...each generation has had its problems but the things we read in the paper, see on the news, and hear on the radio scares me for what life holds for my grandchildren....we need to turn the clock back to a simpler time..we had less "stuff", but more time for each other...Mom's and Dad's need to really look at their lifestyles..wouldn't it be better for one parent to be home raising the family..do with out the cell phones, beepers, fancy cars, clothes, vacations, ect, ect, ect....life goes by fast..the baby you hold in your arms today will grow so fast and you'll wonder where the years went...don't look back on your life and regret the times you could have had and should have had..and worse...wonder if you had not had to have "all the extras"....would their lives had been better....


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
22:11:00

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I KNOW ALL TO WELL ABOUT THE SCHOOL BULLIES. MY SON WAS STALKED AND FOLLOWERD TO THE BATHROOM AS ONE OLDER BOY WENT IN THE OTHER GAURDED THE DOOR HE BEAT MY SON UP REALLY BAD TO THE POINT OF NEEDING MEDCIAL TREATMENT THE BULLIE ONLY GOT 10 DAYS SUSPENSION.WE MOVED TO NEW SCHOOL THE NEXT YEAR THE SAME THING HIT BEAT UP CALLED NAMES. SCHOOL REPORTS THAT TOOK MY SON MONTHS TO WORK ON BURNED BY BULLIES. THIS BULLIE GROUPS LEADER WAS OUR DA'S SON.OUR MAIL BOX WAS BASHED IN SEVERAL TIMES.NOW MY SON IS 17 YRS OLD AND HAS NO FRIENDS. HAS LOT OF ANGER.HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED SEVERAL TIMES IN THE LAST TWO YEARS FOR DEPRESSION. REASON HE WAS PICKED ON SO BAD HE WAS DIFFERANT HE IS ATTENTION DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER. ALITTLE OVER WEIGHT HE WOULD GO OUT OF HIS WAY TO TRY PLEASE THE KIDS GIVE THEM HIS LUNCH MONEY IF THEY ASK . JUST TO HAVE SOMEONE TO BUDDY WITH .BULLIES RUIN THE LIVES OF THESE ONES THEY PICK ON I FEEL SO SORRY FOR THESE BULLIES THEY ARE VERY UNHAPPY TRYING TO FULLFILL SOMETHING MISSING WITHIN THIER SELF.


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
22:55:24

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I have a grandson who will be 8 this coming August, and his sister will be 6 in June, my grandson is small for his age and gets picked on regularly on the bus to and from school and while he is at school. This has caused him to not want to go to school and is causing behavioral problems because he does things he shouldn't when the kids tell him to just so they will like him. My daughter will be home schooling both of my grandchildren next year because of this. She has always kept my grandchildren in church and tried teaching them not to do the things the bullies in their schools are demanding them too. My grandchildren go to school in the Moore, Oklahoma area. I want to especially mention this so maybe this will end up on the superintendants desk and they will do something before it is too late for other children. This is one of the reasons so many of our schools are loosing students in the schools therefore loosing state monies to support the schools. I know of a couple who home schooled their children and they are now in their senior year of high school and a son goes to ORU and is an honor student .I think it is disgraceful the way kids are allowed to be bullies in school and I have found out that the majority of them come from wealthy, prominant families...the ones who spoil and give their children every thing except good old fashion basic teachings in how to treat and get along with other people.....and are very quick to cover for their kids wrong doings.......thank you for this opportunity to express myself...another grandma Ms. Daniels


Town Hall Meeting
28 Apr 2003
Time:
23:50:59

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This is my second comment, I hope it is allowed. I just read most of the comments made on this issue, and I noticed like so many other parents about the law being changed about spanking your children. When spankings and discipline were forbidden by out laws it was highly publicised. I work for a police department here in Oklahoma and in the Oklahoma statutes Title 21 Section 844 it reads: ORDINARY FORCE AS MEANS OF DISCIPLINE NOT PROHIBITED. Provided, however, that nothing contained in the Act shall prohibit any parent, teacher or other person from using ordinary force as a means of discipline, including but not limited to spanking, switching or paddling. I have copied this statute several times and given it to parents who come to the department wanting to know what to do with their kids. They didn't know the law had changed. Spank your kids but remember to apply it to the thickest part of their body. And for those of you who do not believe in spankings, You do not believe in God or the Bible, God tells us to spank our children, what do you think He is saying when He said Spare the Rod & spoil the child.Read the book of Proverbs. It is a book for every family member and how we are to conduct ourselves and how our children are supposed to act. Teaching & disciplin begin at home. In my job I see a lot of irresponsible parents and our teachers are just as irresponsible....How to get things straightened out and back to where it used to be???????? Go back to the basics....teach your children to put God first in all things then their parents and siblings....by the time they get that down they will know how to treat and behave with others......thank you again..joan7447@juno.com


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
00:37:49

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Until we put Prayer back into the schools, until we let God be God in our schools, and in our Churches Government and Nation, and not let a small percentage of the American people rule the majority, we will continue to have trouble The few took prayer out of school, and are trying to take any mention of God from the public forum e.g. They want to take (In God we Trust) fom our money, The 10 Commandments out of schools and court rooms, remove any mention of God from the grave markers in public cemeteries, ten commandments etc. from postoffices. When are we going to stand up and be counted Christian brothers & sisters? I for one have made it my business to write on the front of all mail leaving my house the words ( on the front of the letter, not the back) IN GOD WE TRUST, tHAT IS my RIGHT OF FREE SPEACH. lET'S TAKE BACK WHAT SATAN HAS TAKEN FROM US. lET'S SUPPORT OUR CHILDREN WHO WANT TO LIVE FOR jESUS.


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
06:36:55

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As a student many years ago, I went through the same type of thing even though it was not as cruel as it is today. I won't say that it didn't affect me, but I think that the fact that I had such a good home background and relegious upbringing helped me to tolerate it and to grow from it. I gained a great deal of compassion, understanding and knowledge from these things. I was taught to be proud of my superior grades, the hard work for them and that the clothes we wore were only outside trimmings. I became a teacher and feel that I was a very good one. I now have children and grand children that I have seen go through teasing, bullying, and on the other hand been the preppies. I know that this affected my children and grandchildren more than it did me. More people, more affluence, less family structure, less religious and moral training, the reasons go on and on. What can be done about it? I wish that I knew. I worry about one ten year old grandson that is so smart that he makes every other child in the room appear less knowlegeable. So far, he isn't being treated as different, but he enters middle school next year and social problems become a real process for that age, I wonder how he will handle all of it. I have another grandson who is the same age who is diagnosed with ADHD with many problems already showing up. He pulls out his hair, he put pencil erasers in his ears and had to have surgery to remove them. He has many friends, but these friends aren't helping him. He is on medication and under phychiatric care. Do I worry? Yes, oh yes, I worry. Can these two boys, so different in personality and in circumstances, get through the next few years as happy, affectionate teenagers? Can they manage to get through unnoticed in their differences? I doubt it. I worry, I talk to the parents, but most of all I pray that their journey won't be as hard as I know that it could be.


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
06:45:53

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YES---YES---YES---WE CAN PUT PRAYER BACK IN OUR SCHOOLS.......ONLY THIS PRESIDENT, Mr. BUSH WILL DO IT IF WE GIVE HIM THE POWER TO DO IT BY ELECTING THE RIGHT SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES IN 2004...IF EVERYONE WHO READS THIS WILL SEND AN E-MAIL TO MR. BUSH THAT READS LIKE THIS...""DEAR MR. BUSH, PLEASE PUT PRAYER BACK IN OUR SCHOOLS & THE TEN COMMANDMENTS BACK IN OUR STATE HOUSES.."" HIS ADDRESS IS--PRESIDENT@WHITEHOUSE.GOV....Or...president@whitehouse.gov......GOD BLESS US AS WE BEGIN THE LONG JOURNEY OF RE-SCHOOLING OUR GOD......bob1931@695online.com...


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
08:15:09

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Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
08:28:55

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This is most definitely a problem but what can we do about it except get involved ourseleves. We have three sons in school also, our daughter is fighting for OUR FREEDOM over in IRAQ. Yes she is in the military, the other day when my son was especially upset after receiving a phone call from overseas from his sister, in the war zone and having the phone go dead and then not able to hear anymore from her he went to school and was talking to a female friend, another student overheard the conversation and said to my our son "I hope your sister dies over there!" Is that something that should be said to another student, I don't think so, but again what I can do as a parent? This was a High School Student making this remark. Then my Middle School Student son was at an assembly (a student talent show) and the song by the Dixie Chicks was being sung by a few students, my son asked to be excused and the teachers made him sit down and stay in the assemby, crying. This song is a beautiful song - don't get me wrong, but it affects people in different ways. When we hear this song we turn off the radio right know it is to hard to listen too. Out youngest son - bless his soul stood up to the bully that told him that he wished that his sister died over there. Our son just politely said that is not a very nice thing to say and you should be ashamed of yourself. How do you think you would feel if you father, mother, brother or sister was over there and someone said that to you? The next day the young man apoligized to my son. How do you handle the things that are going on in our school? All we can do is try and stay involved with our children and let them know that there are mean and vicious people who are not happy in this world and because of this they want everyone else to be miserable and unhappy with them. They can't stand having someone who can look on the bright side of the world and see the sun shining amidst the clouds. They can't see that God loves them and they can't ever be happy. So may God bless each and everyone one of you who has God in your lives and be strong and loving for everyone who isn't. Thank-you - God Bless.


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
08:33:20

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Grandma, just don't post your concerns here GO GET DRESSED AND GO DOWN TO THE SCHOOL AND TALK TO THE PRINCIPLE THEN GO TO THE SUPERVISERS OFFICE AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND TALK TO THE SUPERVISOR. You may have to make an appointment, BUT it will be well worth it... You may want to gather some of the other people who are disappointed with the school system in your area and ask them to go with you. I have seen the power of a group of parents work effectively on getting things changed for the better in a school system. Don't be afraid to roll up your sleeves and fight for the right. PEER PRESSURE works BOTH WAYS.... Remember the children in school equal the bucks in the schools pocket... This may be just be the biggest blessing for all concerned !! GO GET 'EM GRANDMA....


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
10:19:26

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You are so right about what is going on in our schools. This is why we have so many drop-outs. My own daughter (in her 40's) spends a fortune trying to keep her kids dressed ih the name brand clothes, etc. so they won't be different!!!!!!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
11:26:15

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Hi...Grandma needs to get involved...go to the school...talk to the administrators. Grandma needs to get other friends involved, as well. Start a "group" of parents and kids that are having these problems. We can make a difference. But we just can't sit back and not get involved anymore. J.Lucas


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
12:25:54

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Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
12:30:23

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Thank you "Concerned Grandma" for giving your comments on this "very crucial problem" I wish I knew what I could do to help bring attention to this problem that all students are facing now in almost, if not all, our schools. Dr.Phil haD a wonderful program recently about "BULLIES IN SHC00LS" HOPEFULLY THAT WILL MAKE PEOPLE MORE AWARE OF WHAT IS GOING ON. Our children are such a precious national resource, they deserve more action than they are getting in this area. Another "Concerned GRandma"


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
14:14:37

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I am a grandmother of four grandsons and one granddaughter. One great-granddaughter & one great-grandson. I think the bullies should be suspended from school and get counceling. They should have to prove themselves worthy of being able to re-enter the school system and not harras any students. Sounds too easy, maybe so, but something has to be done about this situation. A concerned citizen.


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
14:55:00

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If a childs grandmother knows about this is so much detail, where is law enforcement. All of us have a duty to talk to our children and become involved, hopefully keeping their names confidential, during the investigation process. REPORT-REPORT-REPORT. IF YOU BELEIVE A PROBLEM EXISTS (EVEN MAYBE) band together, talk to other parents you know, talk to school Resource Officers, Officials i.e. Counselors>Principle>Teachers. JUST DO SOMETHING>WHEN ENOUGH PEOPLE/PARENTS DO, THINGS WILL CHANGE.............THE LOUDER THE NOISE, THE SOONER PEOPLE WILL HEAR IT..........


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
15:14:36

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the one thing we can do is to pray to God he is the only one who can open eyes and move mountains concerned grandma in pa


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
15:22:53

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My heart goes out to the Grndmother whose child is bullied by other kids. Those kids need love and disipline,which starts at home. Unfortuntely there are some parents tht feel "out of sight out of mind". The way that children behave is a reflection on the parents. If he parents teach their children right from wrong and do it in love i dont think they would have any problem.I was spanked when I needed it and I haveto to tell you it made me a better person. I am so thankful for my Dad and the way he raised me. I have children and grndchildren. I hope some of what I taught them has inspired them to do the same with their children.And to those who dont beleive in spanking their children do it now in love before it is too late.The BIBLE Says in Proverbs 'Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it".Susie Powell pslp2002@aol.com


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
16:00:15

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Remember there is also home schooling !


Town Hall Meeting
29 Apr 2003
Time:
21:46:45

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This is just the saddest thing,I just heard my middle grand child got slugged in the face for stealing and making bad choices. The drugs are so much of the problem. No decapline in the homes, and fear of all that is going on. We can pray,We can pray. Do we pray? Do we pray enough? You feel so much like your hands are tied. We can pray ,,,,, Pat


Town Hall Meeting
30 Apr 2003
Time:
00:19:21

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Schools need to take a stand against the bullys. They need to disiplain all students equally. My 10yr old daughter was/is bullied at school. The schools way of solving the problem? Put her on a plan to help her be a better person. WHAT!!!!! she is not the one with the problem, the boy who is teasing, harrassing and bullying her needs a plan, she has no real friends and as I work at the school it breaks my heart to see her play by herself. Her whole class treats her badly, or did in the past..oh yes she is also bullied by a girl in the class. Another thing that happened is that a 6th grader was in a fight with another 6th grader and was chasing him, when he fell, THREE other boys kicked and stomped on this boy and all they got was what we call "solution room" its like detention. EXCUSE ME that was assult and they have teased and harrased this boy all year. Parents also need to take responsiblity but come on if you know something is going to happen or MIGHT happen REPORT IT....if nothing else drop a note off on the principals desk so no one knows who told.


Town Hall Meeting
30 Apr 2003
Time:
01:32:40

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I BLAME THE SCHOOL EMPLOYEES THERE AFRAID OF THE KID THAT PLAY I AM BIG BILLY BAD AS_, SO THEY DO AS THEY PLEASE. THE KIDS THAT ARE DIFFERANT BECAUSE OF THERE APPEARANCE, THERE HANDYCAP, OR THERE JUST A LITTLE SLOWER AT GETTING THE CONCEPT. THIS ARE THE KIDS THAT ARE PUT IN SPECIAL CLASS NOW HAVE LABLED THEM STUPID, WHICH STARTES THE TEASING, WHICH STARTES THE FIGHT. AND WHO GETTS THE BLAME THE MISFIT'S BECAUSE THE EMPLOYEES ARE AFRAID OF THE BULLIS, AND THE JOCKS AND HONER STUDENTS WE JUST PASS THE JOCKS BECAUSE THERE GOING PLACE IN LIFE, THE HONOR STUDENTS ITS THERE CHEESE CAKE THERE SELF TOUGHT. YOU SEE WHAT THE SCHOOL EMPOYEES NEED TO DO IS, GET RIED OF THE BULLIS EDUCATE THE JOCK AND THE HONOR STUDIES THEY CAN HELP TUTOR THE MISFITS. IF THE TEACHER FILL TO OVERWHALMED. I BLAME THE SCHOOL FACULITY, AND SCHOOL DISTRICT, THEY NEED TO GET A GRIP ON THINGS.


Town Hall Meeting
30 Apr 2003
Time:
08:33:18

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THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS.THIS DOES NEED TO STOP.KIDS ARE SO UNRESPECTFUL ANYMORE.OUR BULLIES BETTER REALIZE .WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND .I THINK PARENTS ARE TO BLAME IN SOME RESPECTS ITS HOW THEY ARE BROUGHT UP.AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THAT SECREATARY SHOULD BE FIRED.SHE KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN AND EVEN IF IT DIDNT THEY COULD HAVE BEEN PREPARED FOR IT.ITS STRANGE BUT I JUST REALIZED SOMETHING IT WAS A BULLY WHO SHOT MY 11 YEAR OLD SON 10 YEARS AGO.AND MY SON LOST HIS LIFE.THIS BULLY WAS RELATED TO US IN A SENSE.I WISH TODAY I COULD HAVE SEEN WHAT THIS KID WAS CAPABLE OF.I SAID TO HIS MOTHER ONE TIME THAT HE WAS MEAN TO THE OTHER KIDS.SHE SAID HE DONT TAKE NOTHING FROM NOONE.AFTER MY SON DIED MY NEICE TOLD MY DAUGHTER HE THE BULLY KILLED A CAT.SO WE DO NEED TO TURN IN THIS KIDS TO SCHOOL OFFICIALS OR THE LAW.THEY NEED TO BE STOPPED. CONCERNED MOM


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

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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