Bullied Teacher Asking CNN for Help to Force Change to Protect Teachers
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If you are against bullying of any kind then please stand with me. I am writing this petition with the hope to force change. Society stands together to stop students from being bullied, but what about teachers? Thank you for reading, signing, and even more important, sharing this petition. I am petitioning CNN to post my story on their Facebook page. I want to tell of my 20-year experience of being bullied by various administrators and a few co-workers which created and still creates a constant hostile work environment. CNN’s Facebook page has over 31 million followers. It is my hope that if they post my story that I will be able to force my district to investigate my story, develop training for administrators in regards to how they treat their employees and also in providing their disability accommodations, and make some other changes. I feel that they would do this rather than have their identity exposed to the world. It is an issue/story that is rarely exposed or talked about and teachers are afraid of retaliation if they talk openly about it. Maybe it can also cause change for other teachers dealing with the same pain. #BulliedTeachersforChange
Some details (so much has happened in the last 20 years). During the first administration, I was bullied under, the principal gave my job of 13 years to his good friend after I showed the principal that I had caught that friend cheating in the reading contest that I ran. There was a witness and evidence. He did this to me as I was walking out the door for summer break! That woman then was in charge of the reading contest she had been caught cheating in!
I knew it was my word against the principal’s. So, I paid a lot to have a polygraph done to prove what happened. However, when the superintendent called in response to my letter to meet with him with my evidence and witnesses he refused to meet with me. He said he didn’t see the point because he trusted his principal’s decisions. Even after being told that another employee had already filed a grievance against that principal in regards to that same friend the superintendent seemed surprised but still was not interested. Devastated, I spent the next year contemplating suicide knowing I would be forced to return and work for him again.
I waited 5 years being subjected to constant torment and when a new superintendent was hired I got a school board member to agree to take my story to the new superintendent. He never responded.
The administrations have changed several times since. About six years ago, a principal asked me for a disability and accommodations report after I mentioned my disabilities to her related to my diabetes. Despite agreeing to accommodations in writing, some of the school’s administrators have been cruel in regards to simply following them. My disabilities have gotten worse as a result throughout the years. I find that if I voice my concern about them being followed, I am then retaliated against in some way such as scoring me low on evaluations on purpose. This past school year was the worst. Something needs to be done. If CNN will post my story I feel like my district will be forced to investigate and make changes rather than have the district's identity revealed. If you believe in your heart that bullying is wrong, no matter who it is happening to, then please support this petition. Thank you.
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