School Deals With Bullying Problem by Banishing the Victim’s Mother

Schools have to wake up and understand that if a child is being bullied and they are at a loss to stop it, it is not only a parent’s right but a parent’s responsibility to demand answers.

If my life savings were in the hands of a stockbroker and I called every day to find out how things were going, my stockbroker would treat my concerns with respect because he/she realises that my life savings mean a lot to me.

But when a child, the most important and precious thing in a parents’ life, is being tormented at school and the parent rings constantly to seek assurances, the response from the school is often far from respectful.

Take this story for example. A mother persistently rings her child’s school in order to seek help over s bullying issue only to be banned from stepping foot onto school grounds:

A local school board won’t explain why it banned the mother of an allegedly bullied child from school grounds unless she has written permission.

Mario Turco, the Algoma District School Board’s director of education, said the board “absolutely” had reason to issue the June 22 letter which informed Kathy Lindsay she needed to get prior written permission to visit Queen Elizabeth Public School, or face trespassing charges.

“Why would we send a letter out if there was no reason?” Turco said Tuesday.

When pressed, Turco would only say the letter was in response to a letter from Lindsay’s lawyer.

“I don’t think I need to discuss it in public. (Lindsay) understands it. It’s between the lawyers now,” Turco said.

Lindsay said she isn’t backing down.

She said her daughter, Hailey, is being tormented on a daily basis by a group of classmates.

“This is a little girl who has been in a living hell for the last year,” Lindsay said.

Lindsay said all she did was walk her daughter to class and make a number of phone calls to try to stop the bullying.

“They’re going to say I called often — and yes, I did,” Lindsay said. “I called often because it’s not taken seriously enough and that was my way of trying to get something done about it.”

 

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