I watched this Today Show video last night and cried.
Cried as in weeping. Snotty, runny, gaspy weeping. The kind that only happens when something is so truly gutting that it’s hard not to react any other way.
Why, you ask?
Because it never occurred to me in my wildest daymares that a teacher could be a bully.
Yep. A teacher. An alleged grown up person that we trust our children to up to eight hours a day. Every day.
The bullying banner is camped out in every available corner of the internet, yet I know I haven’t ever warned my children that a teacher they see in their classroom every single day could be a bully in their midst.
The grief on this father’s face as he visibly swallowed back tears while talking to Ann Curry put me in a place I know all to well as a special needs parent.
That feeling of helplessness when you realize that your child is being hurt and can’t or doesn’t know how to do anything about it is beyond devastating. It’s crushing, like a giant planet-sized boulder is sitting happily on your chest slurping on some ice cream, not caring a whit that it’s literally crushing you into agonizingly painful dust.
Thank goodness he decided to go all DadGyver and wire his daughter with a hidden tape recorder. Otherwise, the administration would have continued to tell him to let it go, to just come to the realization that his daughter had been lying for the past four years.
This opens up a whole new gaping maw of fears for me now.
Sure, I realize my Gibblet will encounter mean comments from his peers. Unfortunately, that’s unavoidable as kids grow up and make asses of themselves along the way. That we’ve talked about. We’ve even talked about the two mean comments he fielded – one this year, one last – from bus drivers uneducated in the ways of compassion. Our school administration was on that like white on rice.
But could he encounter mean comments from his teachers? As mean as the ones in this video? Meaner? On a daily basis?
License termination and banishment from any establishment involving children at this point could be the best thing to happen to these insert-choice-word here. Times two. Not the wrist slap they’re currently getting.