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 "There is no perspective when it comes to abuse. 

There is only abuse."-K.W.

 

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"Public education is being mobbed and bullied."
--Kim Werner

Click here for your state's model "Bullying and Harassment" policy!

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A Piece Full World's goal is to end bullying in our schools.  When employees are safe from workplace bullying and children are safe from school bullying, we transform our schools into places of honor, courage and character. Ultimately, we transform our world. One school at a time, we put together the pieces of....

A Piece Full World.

Click "No Place for Hate!" The Anti-Defamation League has terrific resources for creating a school wide bullying prevention program!

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Click here for U.R.A.J.E.R.K: A humorous play starring Mr. Bully Boss and Captain Effective Leader.

"Real progress requires pushing and shoving and urging and cajoling and coaxing – and then pushing some more (courteously when you can, not so mannerly if the former doesn’t work)."  
--David Lawrence Jr., The Children's Movement 
 
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School Board Rule: Code of Ethics states: All members of the School Board of (School District's name), regardless of their position, collective bargaining status or role, because of their dual roles as public servants and educators are to be bound by the Code of Ethics..to create an environment of honesty and integrity...the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all..strive for professional growth and seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity...to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.

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School Board Rule:Responsibilities and Duties states: All persons employed by the School Board of (School District's name) are representatives of the (School District's name). As such they are expected to conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves and the school system. Unseemly conduct in the workplace is expressly prohibited.

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"Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct or for being years ahead of your time. If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth."
--Gandhi
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 Forgiveness does not come easily to me...

 
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Forgiveness does not come easily to me.  Hanging onto the rope of indignation has callused my emotional hands; muscled me up. Early on--in the two years following my having been a bullied target at my school--I thought letting go meant falling into the abyss of more abuse; that letting go meant an emotional death of sorts--a playing of the "so-obviously-wrong-to-support-such-brutes" game my school district had created to protect its many abusive "buddy-principals."  I thought it was a place of death--sharp and pointed "gotcha!" rocks meant to impale truth; maybe a hot desert with the bones of other employees picked clean of the meat of their own reports; picked clean by the beaks of the vultures of my school district.

I did not want to be another pile of bones, so I hung on. I shut my eyes tight and hung on.

But, because I was so desperate, I'd not looked down.  I just kept holding and holding and holding on. It had become my mission to NOT LET GO; only that.  I'd lost sight of why I was hanging there; why I was kicked over the edge--and of how at first I'd begun the journey to what I'd thought would be ``castles of kindness--schools free of bullying and filled with honor, led by smart, kind, and creative monarchs/principals--only to find myself hanging tenaciously now for six years from this rope of indignation and outrage.

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.

In Atlanta--at the Dr. Martin Luther King Center and his boyhood home, I thought of Dr. King's sacrifices and his dreams; his courage. At the entrance to the center is a mural created by Louis Delsarte that depicts Dr. King's life. 

Let's stand together at the mural, dear readers.  Look left, please. See Martin as a boy surrounded by his devoted family.  Imagine him at the dinner table of his boyhood home--the house we've just toured--each night debating and discussing his Atlanta, Georgia world's wrongs and rights with his father, mother, grandmother.  See him in the bed he shared with his brother.  He's reading, reading, reading until late at night; until his father calls out: "Lights out!  I love you!" 

I marveled at the vibrancy that exists still in his boyhood neighborhood.  I could see him--Sunday morning walking to church; after school outside and playing ball with neighborhood children in those same streets.  

Now, look straight on at the mural. There he is, this time leading a movement; this time surrounded by his devoted followers.  There are thousands of them.  

Ah. There is Bull Connor, too.  Bull Connor of the unleashed dogs and hoses.  Bull Connor, himself a leader of something very different than that something of Martin Luther King. 

Bull Connor, too, has thousands of followers.

"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Look now to the far right.  See a seemingly innocuous and mundane place that, with a shot ringing out, would become a symbol of suffering.  It is the Lorraine Motel.  It is on its balcony that Dr. King drew his last breath. Beside its depiction on the mural; beside the desperately pointing fingers--"There! There! The shot came from THERE!" (oh, if only finding the shooter and his gun would allow us to rewind that piece of our nation's horrors!)-- of the people surrounding Dr. King as he lay dying on that balcony is a quote from his speech given the night before.  Let's read it together:

"I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!"

Being here, with you, helps open my eyes; helps me see--know--that forgiveness does not mean I acquiesce. I open my eyes. I look down into the lushness of the chasm-- that which I'd thought was a place of death--beneath me; into the heart of my own inner peace and strength. It is from that place and with its truth that I look up.

It's beautiful."

 

 

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"Be ashamed to die before you have won some battle for humanity."

Horace Mann

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