Workplace bullying or workplace violence?
"We reserve the term workplace bullying for repeated, harmful, abusive
mistreatment — a form of workplace violence." The Workplace Bullying Institute.
Other bullied educators from my former school and I have experienced surreal,
"unbelievable-until-you-have-been-there" abuse. I keep calling it all bullying, but it's not. According to
OSHA, it's workplace violence and, unlike workplace bullying, it's against the law.
Here's a link to OSHA's training on workplace violence:
Here are a
few examples of my former principal's violent behavior as defined by MDCPS and OSHA's workplace violence prevention and intervention
Use of abusive and offensive language: To me: "JESUS CHRIST! Why the F@#$% can't you stay out of things!?"
To an AP: "GET THE F@#$% OVER HERE!" To children: "SHUT UP!"
2. Exhibit of disorderly conduct: "THIS IS MY SCHOOL!" as he
threw out a parent and called 911.
3.Use of verbal harassment:
"I may have to write you up"; "That's not the way we do things around here, honey"; "That's
strike two;" "We have to talk. There have been complaints."
I felt so unsafe--knew in my most inner being that I was not safe-- that
I asked the police to accompany me into the school to retrieve my office supplies...
Here's a link to my district's workplace violence policy:
If you've been
following my story--and my story includes so many other targeted educators--then judge for yourself if we're talking "mere"
workplace bullying or illegal and health and life threatening workplace violence.
For me there is no question.