Friday, 27 November 2009 12:26
The overwhelming response to the painful revelation of a mother who is powerless to copE with a drastic instance of bullying, sometimes subtle, sometimes overt, toward her child, tells us that we as a community are presented with a situation that is dangerously out of control. May I respectfully present a couple of reactions.
First, with the exception of a single compassionate teacher, I think, where is the response from Manhasset Public Schools, its administration, its school board, its student government, and its teachers union? Have they not gotten the message, or, more to the point, how long is it going to take them to weigh in? Inviting a speaker on the subject of bullying is about as effective as a finger in the dike. Is that the best we can come up with?
Second, children who bully are themselves angry children; wherefore so much anger in Manhasset that mere children are taking sadistic pleasure at the expense of the defenseless and cannot be stopped. The answer and the remedy cannot be laid only at the doorstep of the schools. We the residents need to pool the best resources of our school, parent and community organizations if we hope to take constructive action. This is our problem, all of us. Let’s not waste any more time.