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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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"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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"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: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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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.

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

 

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

Horace Mann

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Dedicated to Mose Nellon


"He died."

It's been three days since I heard. I was descending my school's stairs when my assistant principal stopped me.  "I've got bad news," she said.  

The sledge hammer of her words is now a thudding rhythmic pain.  He died. Pause. Pause. Pause.  He died.  Pause, pause, pause.  He died. He died.  He died.

The pounding makes my eyes narrow and my head shake as the truth of it, unbidden, enters my mind. At work, my fingers lift from the computer's keyboard as his smile--broad and real; teeth straight and white--comes to me. They scratch my forehead. Deaths of loved ones make me do that.  I cover my face with my hands and scratch my forehead.

I am bewildered. Bewildered at this next and surely most awful thing to happen at that school.  This?  Really, this?  Could we not, years ago, have avoided this? His being called into the principal's office. "Already?" he must have said to himself as he again made his way into that savage arena.  "Already? Why, the school year has barely started.."  

He would not have known that call for classroom coverage so that he, the union steward, could be present for another "Conference for the Record" would be his last patient wait for another adult to take his place in his classroom. He'd again listen to whatever trumped up charges the principal and his sycophants had documented against another teacher who'd said:"That's a lie. I will not do/say/write that". He'd not known either that words like these would be his last to his beloved students;  "I'll be back soon. You be good boys and girls."

What made him stop at the door and look back in?  What tug of children's eyes on his back? There!  His smile.  His eyes.  They speak:  "Dear boys and girls.  Good boys and girls.  Beloved boys and girls.  I'll be back soon."

Mine is a state of disbelief.  I cannot take in--cannot fathom--that he is gone.

 "It's like being at church!" a delighted boy once spontaneously cried out as he and I presented a lesson together.  His turn, then mine.  A duet.  A performance.  And a release for me; a fleeting feeling of freedom from the incessant bondage of uncertainty our principal's sick leadership had created.  

I did not want to leave that protective space--his and his students' fourth grade class.

"Come to my school," I said two years ago. I'd called him from the school at which I'd accepted a position after my report to the school district of our principal's bullying and violence. "There's a counselor's slot opening. Get out.  You've done all you can do there."  

On the phone.  A pause.  "No.  I am needed here."

I wish I were outraged.  I wish I were beating drums and honking horns and painting signs and picketing.  I wish I were writing letters and organizing people and standing on rooftops with a megaphone, screaming "THIS IS WRONG!"

I wish I were "marching on Miami" and standing at the podium of my school board's meetings and saying, "Now whatcha gonna do, huh? What's it gonna take to cover this up?"

I wish I were pissed off, angry, and vengeful.  Wish I were filled with such a lust for revenge that it carried my voice up and out of my vengeful belly and into the ears of others craving retaliation for all of the lies and coverups surrounding that awful place. Wish I'd take those words to producers of TV shows and writers of newspaper editorials, for his death--right there in the principal's office!--must be news worthy. There have been so many of us bullied educators for whom he stood tall; for whom he spoke when we simply could not speak for ourselves; to whom he offered the only solace and refuge we were to find in that house of horrors.

But I am not angry.  I am not outraged. I am just sad. 

My friend and my protector has died.