Stop abusive coaching!  Positive role models in our HS coaches
  • Petitioning Oregon Department of Justice

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Emotional and verbal abuse by an educator- threw a chair in an angry rage!
Oregon Department of Justice
Senator
Senator Ginny burdick
State Representative for the citizens
Representative Margaret Doherty
Senator
Larry George
Oregon Governor
President of the United States
Oregon State Senate
Oregon State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Oregon
Gov. John Kitzhaber
Oregon-037
State Rep. Julie Parrish
Oregon-026
State Rep. John Davis
Oregon
Sen. Jeff Merkley
Oregon-013
State Sen. Larry George

Stop abusive coaching! Positive role models in our HS coaches

    1. Linda Barrow
    2. Petition by

      Linda Barrow

      Portland, United States

Our high school coach has been allowed to scream in a rage to players and refs, throw a chair, bury his head in disgust, demote instead of promote, play head games, allowed his 8th grade son to suit up and play in our high school basketball tournament instead of choosing to promote an actual high school player, demotes players with top stats, benched my son an entire game for attending his grandfather's funeral, seems very angry most of the time, etc., and I think this type of public high school coaching should be grounds for termination!

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. I want to know why John Kitzhaber, Oregon's Governor, is allowing this?

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      It's a known fact that there are many abusive coaches in America that are negatively affecting our children. Is chair throwing by a coach not grounds for termination? Is screaming in rage in kids' faces not grounds for termination of a coach? Are severe punishments and head games not grounds for termination of a coach? The Oregon TSPC denied all of my complaints. Lies were told. Cover ups happened. Politics gone bad. Something needs to be done! This cannot happen to anymore children. It's senseless.

    3. He lied in my son's education file- TSPC has denied all my complaints

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer
      Oregon schools chief Rob Saxton never met 130-hour requirement for high school courses while superintendent of Tigard-Tualatin schools

      During seven years as superintendent of Tigard-Tualatin schools, Rob Saxton never brought the district's two high schools into compliance with a state rule requiring high school courses to last at least 130 hours. Saxton, now chief of all Oregon schools, ruled last week that Portland Public Schools was "deficient" for not meeting that requirement.

    4. Facts

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer
      Verbally Abusive Coach May Have Contributed to Athletes Depression

      Sometimes researchers conduct a study expecting a certain result -- only to be surprised to find that the opposite is true. That's what happened when a team led by Dr. Daniel Merenstein, an associate professor of family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, surveyed current and former college athletes to see which group experienced higher levels of depression.

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. What I want from our Government

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      I want a Positive Coaching Alliance program implemented into all of our High Schools, for not only Coaches, but for Athletic Directors and administrators to be included because they seem to have minimized and covered up the real problems. I want anyone that deviates from the laws, ethics or clearly written rights of an athlete or student to be immediately removed from his position of coaching. This will stop this abuse from happening to OUR children in the future. I would like a few Elementary schools with known bullying problems to have www.imbullyfree.org come into their schools and give this program a chance. They would like to expand Countrywide. I would like these changes to happen. Enough is enough. Bullying abuse needs to end! No parent should ever go through what we went through for making a legitimate complaint. Most people know how wrong this was for our family, but if you wouldn't have liked it for your own child then why did it happen to mine? Children matter!

    7. The TSPC is ignoring me regarding Rob Saxton's lies

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      How unusual. Could corruption be more blatant? There is another story coming from this same school district from years ago where there was a lawsuit involving a football coach throwing a garbage can. Cain vs Tigard Tualatin school district. Why did this have to become a lawsuit? Why wasn't the coach just removed? Why were these good parents treated so horribly? Why did a school board member support the garbage can throwing coach???? Oh his son played for this coach. Do parents really need to file lawsuits to stop abusive coaching towards their children?

    8. Not sure why last link didn't work.

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer
      Head of Ore. Department of Education apologizes for cursing during speech

      SALEM, Ore. - The head of the Oregon Department of Education says he regrets cursing during a speech at an education conference in Portland. Speaking to more than 150 principals, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton cursed several times during an hour-long speech. Saxton was speaking about the Common Core curriculum.

    9. Rob Saxton wrote lies about our son. I have these written documents!!!

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yv0AtF7_2h0&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dyv0AtF7_2h0

      Please help. Our children are being treated like this too. This man, while at TTSD, allowed a coach to throw a chair, scream in kid's faces and other horribly mean things. He also lied about our son in written documents that we now have copies of.

      Rob Saxton calls himself and SOB and says "oh shit" and this guy is running Oregon's public education system?

      Do you think this is okay for children?
      Is this anyway to treat your employees?
      This man treated me this way as a parent with a valid complaint.
      Linda Barrow

      "I'm an S.O.B." Oregon Deputy Super Rob Saxton Threatens Teachers

      "I'm an S.O.B." Oregon Deputy Super Rob Saxton Threatens Teachers Who Dissent on Common Core & P20W "I guarantee you if a kid cannot read by the end of third grade they are toast. it is an oh shit moment for that if they cannot read by the end of third grade."

    10. Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission dismissed my complaints

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      In Oregon it is okay for public educators to throw chairs, scream in kid's faces and punish kids for a death. This board also consists of many educators. These failed actions to my complaints that effect our children negatively are NOT okay!!!!! My opinion to all new parents.... Send your children to private schools! Corruption at its finest, in my opinion of course. My voice is one of many that have these same type of complaints. My son was emotionally hurt! For this I am disgusted. SHAME to everyone that allowed this!!! My son knows how wrong this is!

    11. Reached 250 signatures
    12. http://www.forbes.com/sites/prishe/2012/11/22/morehead-state-coach-deserves

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      his is the kind of coaching that needs to end! This is similar to what my petition is all about. Now add a chair throwiing to this freak out and kids looking like Devon Atkinson and you have what my son and other boys are having to experience too. This is abusive coaching. And what floors me is that other parents turn a blind eye to this??? This type of coaching makes me extremely angry to see, and makes me even angrier watching the look on these kids faces. Role Model? Thank you for signing my petition.! Still waiting....

    13. WORD IS... FROM THE TEACHERS STANDARDS AND PRACTICES COMMISSION....

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      Word from the Teachers Standards and Practices Commssion that it will be February 2013 before my complaints are addressed.. Scary that there are so many complaints against educators, Huh? It will take almost a year for my complaints to go before the board that enforce teacher ethics and the like. Budget constraints and lack of man power are dictating our children's safety, I believe.

      "While the allegations you have raised concerns myself and the commission I had to attend to other cases that required my attention. I have tentatively put this case and the other complaint you submitted on Mr. Spencer on my list to get to the next meeting in February. I apologize for the length of time it has taken us to process your complaint. But assure you that we do take your report seriously and will give it it's due diligence.

      Our office will notify you of the final outcome of the investigation and recommendation of the Commission.

      Thank you,

      Cristina Edgar

    14. After 5 months still no word to my complaints!

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      Legislatures need to help make new laws to enforce the clearly written laws of safety and respectfulness towards students by educators. It seems the department of education/TSPC can drag their feet OR deny these clearly written policies and laws. Unethical educators throwing chairs and screaming in angry rages is verbally and emotionally abusive! It's been over 5 months without word to my complaints. Please enforce your clearly written laws. This is ridiculous. Don't think there's enough witnesses then do the wrong thing!

    15. I will not be silenced from my right to tell the truth by the 1st Amendment

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      It is not okay for a public educator to throw a chair! It is not okay for an educator to scream in rage in student's faces where this educator's head looks like it will explode!!! It is inhumanly horrible to punish a kid after losing his grandfather!!!
      I'm a tax payer! I'm a mother! I'm a responsible adult standing up to verbal and emotional child abuse by an angry, controlling educator in our public school system in Oregon.
      If a student threw a chair in an angry rage they would be immediately suspended or expelled!!!!

    16. It's all up to the Teachers Standards and Practice's Commission & State

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      I'm told this is being investigated by TSPC & could be Fall before a decision is made as the TSPC meets quarterly. This coach is coaching summer basketball right now. Educators should have the same process as students when policies, rules or ethics are violated. Suspensions or explusions are enforced towards students of wrongdoing, yet educators seem to be protected??
      Yes, adults abuse. Yes, adults bully. Yes, adult bullies/abusers can be people we never expect to them to be! Yes, adults continue the cycle on to their children. Yes, coaches can influence an athlete. Yes, this type of coaching can damage kids & make their parents EXTREMELY angry! Who do these coaches think they are? Again, THESE ARE OUR CHILDREN! We don't have to parent in such a angry, hate filled way to motivate our kids & coaches have no rights to do this! No-one responds well to people who throwing things, scream in rage in someone's face, act disgusted or play idiotic head games with others!

    17. Reached 200 signatures
    18. Spoke with Bud Collier from www.imbullyfree.org. He signed my petition.

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      I'm bullyfree is researching for me because they understand the severity of what bullying/abuse can do to a person/child. Check out their board members. Our school board members have never contacted me after I gave them a copy of my complaint that the superintendent received. They are also suppose to look out for our children. Still waiting for the school board's decision to my complaint. I gave the school administration over 1 1/2 years to correct this coach's behavior.
      OUR CHILDREN WILL NOT BE BULLIED OR EMOTIONALLY OR VERBALLY ABUSED BY HIGH SCHOOL COACHES. OUR CHILDREN HAVE RIGHTS!!!!!

    19. Bullying only applies to students!

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      "small print... Parents cannot report an educator/coach who throws a chair and verbally and emotionally takes down children, because the administration will protect, coverup, minimize and deny. There are no rules for educators/coaches. Educators/Coaches are exempt from the Coaches Code of Ethics, school board policies and teacher ethics by school district administrators. Our children's student's rights are null and void by all school district administrators.

      If students do anything like this to another student or educator they will be suspended and punished to the full extent allowed.

      School Motto: DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO

      I SAY TO THE COACHES, "THESE ARE OUR CHILDREN, HOW DARE YOU THINK YOU CAN EMOTIONALLY & VERBALLY ABUSE THEM!" GET OUT OF OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS!!!!!

    20. Superintendent only spoke with people who support his views.

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      Give Rob Saxton a call if you do not agree with abusive coaching. Let him know.
      503-431-4000. He forgot to interview any petition signers or the woman that wrote our athletic director, or the ex-player that told me the coach demoralizes kids, or the psychologists that understand this should stop, etc. etc. etc... I felt bullied again by speaking to him behind closed doors. He denied any wrong, invalidated my son's emotional abuse and I can clearly see this is not how our public school systems should operate.

    21. SUPERINTENDENT FINDS NO FAULT WITH THE COACH AND...

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      HE SAID THAT PEOPLE FROM LONGVIEW, TEXAS DO NOT MATTER WHEN SIGNING THIS PETITION THAT'S REQUESTING POSITIVE ROLE MODELS, AND HE SAID FOUND 11 PEOPLE THAT DISAGREE WITH ME, SO MY SON'S ABUSE IS INVALID. HE NEVER CALLED ANYONE ON THE PETITION. NEVER CALLED THE PARENT THAT WROTE TO OUR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, NEVER CALLED THE BOY THAT SAID HE WAS EMOTIONALLY TAKEN DOWN BY THIS COACH WHO ALSO SIGNED THE PETITION. HE NEVER CALLED THE PARENT THAT STATED ON THE PETITION THAT THIS IS THE REASON WHY HER SON DIDN'T GO OUT. PROTECTION, POLITICS GONE BAD AND DENIAL. THAT'S ALWAYS GREAT FOR THE KIDS. WAY TO GO TTSD. WAITING FOR THE TSPC.

    22. SUPERINTENDENT AND I ARE MEETING MONDAY

      Linda Barrow
      Petition Organizer

      He said we will discuss what "they" have decided. Nothing will be good enough unless this coach can no longer manipulate, destroy, scream in rage, intimidate, or verbally or emotionally abuse OUR children. A man of this age, and one who has already said to my son "I'm not going to change my coaching style", will never be a successful role model. He's been a big bully/abuser and I'm done dealing with what I've been put through as a parent to stop this. Anyone that can abuse a child is a detriment to this school.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Angela Hudson MARIETTA, PA
      • 11 days ago

      My child has an abusive coach as well. H.S. sports should be for kids not adults on power trips. Abusive coaches are basically bullies and I don't think that what's unacceptable in the classroom should be acceptable on the field, court, etc. And for all you assistant coaches who silently stand by and watch even though you know it's wrong, you are no better.

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    • Linda Barrow PORTLAND, UNITED STATES
      • 6 months ago

      I will not give up on this. I want to know when coaching abuse is going to end for our children???????

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    • Janet Hord FREMONT, CA
      • 6 months ago

      We are also dealing with a High School coaching team who use bullying and verbal abuse to coach our children.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 8 months ago

      Be the change you want to see!

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    • Vanessa Howle CLINTON, MD
      • 8 months ago

      Sports should encourage kids, not be abusive.

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