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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000227.txt from 2001/02

From: "Dee D. Hays" <deehays@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] chaos being sold for freedom...
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 17:11:58 -0500

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From: "Jim Hobby" <jhobby@-----.net>
Subject: RE: [kl] chaos being sold for freedom...

> [snip] Unfortunately, the problem is having personal ramifications for my
family.
> My daughter, her husband, and three children moved in with me some six
> months ago. The boys, in high school, are fine. My granddaughter, age
11,
> is having a terrible problem with a bully-boy in her class. Little
physical
> interaction but some verbal attacks that would have a film of the
situation
> rated "R". He happens to be the progeny of a socially-prominent and
> politally active family. Neither the teacher nor the guidance counselor
> seem to be able (willing?) to deal with it. Her brothers want to go "take
> care of the problem," which of course we have absolutely forbidden. If
the
> system doesn't do something positive about the problem, I guess I'll have
to
> do what I don't want to: Sue the school for allowing a hostile school
> environment to continue. I suppose as distasteful as it is, it's better
> that the alternative.
>
> Jim Hobby

Why not charge the boy with assault for heaven's sake. Put the
responsibility where it belongs, on the boy and his parents. Do the
teachers or guidance counselor have the authority to take action? They are
in a very sticky position. When a student was threatening my older
daughter, we reported them directly to the police. A visit to the student
and their parents by the officer was extremely effective.

Dee Hays

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