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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
What are the Implications of the Minority Race in a School Site Locally Being Insulted, Being Called Racial Slurs?--And no Consequences for the Student Using the Slurs!
I have had significant interest expressed in the post I made about one day in a local school- A day when a student verbally berated multiple adults and teachers, calling at least one adult a despicable racial slur. From what I have learned, more than one student at this school has taken to using this slur and directing it toward the minority race individuals at that site. And nobody, apparently, is curbing this ridiculousness.
Although this behavior is clearly a violation of the Board's Student Rights and Responsibility Guide, so far as I understand this situation, the student(s) who have hurled that racial slur at adults faced no punishment.
So why would a leader at that school not discipline or stop this behavior that is hateful?
Why would anyone who is a so-called school site leader permit this, meekly stating "My hands are tied, there is nothing I can do about it--sorry?"
I'm going to dig into this like a pit bull. It is coming to the next board workshop. In the era where we are constantly forced to walk on egg-shells around some issues, why the hell is this issue ignored,
swept under the proverbial rug? When we selectively allow "some" elementary students to get away with verbally assaulting adults on elementary campuses, what does that portend for the middle and eventual high schools these kids will attend! If the behavior is not curbed, if it is ignored, it is not only tolerated--IT IS ENDORSED!
I spoke to an administrator of another elementary school about this who told me "I would have brought that student to the office-we would have talked and I would have brought the parent in to the conversation" she continued "But a bigger problem I have at my school is the students calling each other this racial slur....the N-word....It is a big problem!"
But when we are so disengaged that leadership ignores these issues, legal ramifications are possible, not just probable. This article describes that civil rights complaints can be filed and huge jury verdicts can be awarded if leadership does not attempt to deal with the issue. From the article
So I guess at the next workshop, I'll be the crash-test dummy who has to ask these questions....
Is it really acceptable for a student to call an adult on campus a despicable, racial slur?
Will there be any difference if it is a Black Student calling another Black Student or Black Adult a racial slur?
What about if a White Student calls another White Student the "N-word", what if a white student calls a black teacher the N-Word" or a black teacher the N-word? Are we really going to say "I'm sorry, there's nothing I can do, my hands are tied? Really?
What about if an Asian teacher is called a C---K?
Or a Hispanic teacher is called a Sp---K?
Or a Jewish teacher is called a H--B?
Are we really going to selectively discipline students based upon who said what to who according to some ridiculous, unwritten formula based upon dysfunctional socially accepted norms about what race can use which pejorative term and which can't? Why not just follow the Board's policy and correct the behavior immediately as is supposed to be the case? What the hell is so hard about that??!!
It was recently stated at a meeting that "punishments were going to be equally administered with no racial bias or PC filters." That's not happening. And I'm not surprised.
I guess some schools did not get that memo and are still allowing their teachers and others to be berated, as long as it is "X" that has said "Y" and not some other combination that doesn't meet with PC acceptability. What a disgusting, terrible display of blatant disregard for the dignified and respectable treatment of professionals and other adults working in our schools---trying to help students.
No wonder the employees are leaving in huge numbers. Who would want to be treated that way?