• Petitioned Kathryn LeRoy

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Superintendent, Polk County Public Schools
Kathryn LeRoy
Chairwoman, Polk County School Board
Hazel Sellers
Vice-Chairwoman, Polk County School Board
Kay Fields
Member, Polk County School Board
Hunt Berryman
Member, Polk County School Board
Lori Cunningham
Member, Polk County School Board
Dick Mullenax
Member, Polk County School Board
Debra Wright
Member, Polk County School Board
Tim Harris

Demand accounting from principal of middle school with bullying problem

    1. Darrell Lucus
    2. Petition by

      Darrell Lucus

      Charlotte, NC

On September 9, 2013; 12-year-old Rebecca Selwick committed suicide due to over a year of rampant bullying from as many as 15 girls at Crystal Lake Middle School in Lakeland, Florida.  The bullying not only took place during school hours, but also online.  Rebecca's mother, Tricia Norman, said she told Crystal Lake principal Chris Canning and other administrators about the bullying, but only cursory (if any) action was taken.  The bullying got so severe that Norman was forced to take Rebecca out of school midway through last year and put her in a new school for the beginning of this year.  However, the bullying continued unabated online, and Rebecca eventually got to the point that she couldn't take any more.  Making this even more grotesque are claims from several students and parents at Crystal Lake that bullying is a serious problem there.

If these claims are in fact true, then Canning has failed in the most basic duty of a principal--to provide a safe environment for his students.  The Polk County School Board is investigating the incident, but any investigation would be a joke unless it demands a full accounting from Canning about the bullying problem at Crystal Lake, and how he handled Rebecca's situation in particular.  If it is in fact true that he didn't respond appropriately to Norman's complaints, then the only appropriate remedy is for Canning to be fired.

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      • 9 months ago


      I've started the petition "Barack Obama and Aaron Schock and U.S. Senate: Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership" and need your help to get it off the ground.

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      To Whom It May Concern,

      I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she encountered numerous difficulties which I believe were entirely due to being mistreated by her senior leadership. When SPC Pitt arrived at 225 BSB she had a medical situation that required attention prior to her deployment to Iraq. When she voiced her concerns to 1LT Riglick not only were her concerns dismissed but her private health information was erroneously released to multiple parties. SPC Pitt filed a complaint for the HIPPA violation against the offending party, 1LT Riglick. A few months later 1LT Riglick was assigned to C.Co as our Platoon Leader. This is undoubtedly the situation that caused SPC Pitt to be labeled as a problem soldier by C.Co leadership. SPC Pitt was not protected from reprisal and was treated badly for the duration of her time with C.Co 225 BSB.

      The result of filing her HIPPA complaint against 1LT Riglick was having a stigma placed on her by the very leadership that was supposed to be protecting her. She endured rumors, attacks on her character, and even attempts at discrediting her intellectual capacities. She was even accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple senior Non-Commissioned Officers by our Platoon Leader 1LT Riglick. SPC Pitt continuously sought only to do her job as a mental health specialist and as her first line supervisor I pushed for her to be moved from the company to the Troop Medical Clinic. When SPC Pitt was sent to the Troop Medical Clinic to preform her duties as a mental health specialist C.Co leadership made sure to let the incoming social worker know what their impression of her was. SPC Pitt then worked with Major Ball, who had already been told she was a problem soldier, and was subsequently treated horribly to include having to undergo a mental health evaluation without provocation.

      SPC Pitt requested on numerous occasions to be moved from C.Co 225 BSB to another company, battalion, or division to get out from underneath the stigma placed on her. These requests were heard by our Company Commander, 1SG, Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, and even Division Command team but nothing was done. Instead of helping the soldier 1LT Riglick and Major Ball ordered me to counsel her for their perceived insubordination. When I disagreed with these orders it was made clear that my military career was also in jeopardy. I was ordered by 1LT Riglick to counsel SPC Pitt for not properly using her chain of command to which, I informed the command that she had done exactly what procedures are outlined. The result of my not counseling her for this was to have my MEDPROS status changed to non-deployable by 1LT Riglick. This retaliation against me for defending SPC Pitt would have ended my career if I had not already been found deployable and fit for duty by the Medical Review Board in 2008.

      Despite her outburst which finally concluded her time in C.Co I would still recommend that she be retained by the United States Army. SPC Pitt endured being mistreated for months and still maintained a positive attitude. Her intellectual prowess combined with her willingness to work make her a viable asset. I believe that if SPC Pitt had been able to move to another command away from the toxic leadership of C.Co 225 BSB her military career would have flourished.

      SGT David Trapolsi

      You can sign my petition by clicking here.


      A PITT

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 12 months ago

      The law is not the private property of lawyers, nor is justice the exclusive province of judges and juries. In the final analysis, true justice is not a matter of courts and law books, but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect.

      -- Jimmy Carter

    • Diane Nikunen RUSHFORD, MN
      • about 1 year ago

      The principal, other administrators and faculty did not do their job in keeping the school safe for "all" students. Apparently, the school board has a bullying policy which is not followed. How many other students are being bullied and nothing is done about lt?! It is sad the adults in the school cannot handle the bullies. My prayers go out to Rebecca and her family.

    • Tara Boyett AUBURNDALE, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      There should be zero tolerance for bullying. You get one chance, if you screw that up, you're done. Don't punish the kids who are being bullied, the kids responsible for the bullying should be dealt with.

    • Kate Hannah MILWAUKEE, WI
      • about 1 year ago

      My daughter's school has a very active bullying prevention program. All schools should have one. I was bullied as a pre-teen and it was horrific. Schools can't stop everything but they can stop a lot if they chose to. It's a matter of the culture they allow to thrive..


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