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BULLYING: Schools should be safe places

Letter by Jeanie Cullip, Gig Harbor on Aug. 31, 2012 at 11:44 am with No Comments »
August 31, 2012 1:16 pm

Re: “Parents say child bullied by teacher, classmates” (TNT, 8-29).

My heart was broken as I read this article. It reported that in February an eighth-grade boy was held down and put under chairs while classmates drew on his feet and stuffed his socks in his mouth, all while the teacher, John Rosi, was watching and even joined in by poking the boy in the stomach.

As a mother of children who attend school, I am angry, saddened and confused. Why did Rosi receive a 10-day suspension? Why is this now being investigated by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office when it should have been completed during the time he was suspended? With so many good teachers without jobs, why does he get to teach?

Our schools are supposed to be safe places for our children. Parents put their trust in the teachers who educate their children. Yes, we are to be active and participate in our child’s education. But it is not our responsibility to be there every moment to ensure that they are safe.

The world can be a big bad scary place for children. A child’s home, school and church should be places that enrich, build up, develop and inspire them – not deplete, tear down, repress and dissuade them.

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