Re: “Parents say child bullied by teacher, classmates” (TNT, 8-29).
The incident at Kopachuck Middle School further emphasizes the breakdown of our educational system.
A video of the teacher allowing, and even participating, in the bullying of student is an outrageous example. Then to further add to the outrage, the school district handed down a measly 10-day suspension and allowed the offending teacher to work at another school. At the very least, the teacher should have been fired, and the principal and superintendent severely reprimanded.
Everyone involved, from the teacher to the superintendent, are being paid by the taxpayers to do a job they’re not doing. We are then asked, again and again, for more money to pay the salaries of people who not only mishandle an appalling incident like this, but actually take part in bullying a student instead of protecting him.
The most important aspect of this whole story, though, is the long-range emotional impact these actions will have on this student’s life.