Stand Your Ground
Stand Your Ground
I am tired of hearing about a "Zero Tolerance" policy as it pertains to my child's physical safety. There is supposed to be zero tolerance for violence in school, but since, as we all know, it happens anyway, I would like for the policy to be amended to allow all children to protect themselves when necessary.
I think it is absurd to tell a child to take a hit from anyone without defending themselves. I believe these outdated rules have created an environment in which the aggressor holds all the power. I believe this policy and others like it are responsible for an alarming number of youth suicides and school shootings.
I think It is time to take the power away from the aggressors, and return it to each individual. I believe that doing so, will empower our children and provide them with a strong sense of confidence and personal responsibility. At the same time, I believe it sends a message to the aggressor that when you put your hands on someone, there are immediate consequences from the individual, followed by further consequences from administration. Maybe this will cause them to pause and consider whether the consequences are worth the actions.
By amending the policy, maybe it will open the door for us to explore options like adding self defense curriculum into our health and wellness programs. Maybe this will help us raise strong, confident adults who feel comfortable saying no, and who don't feel pressured to please others.
I have heard from many community members who feel strongly that it is time for a policy review and update. It sounds like many have tried to affect a change, but were unsuccessful as individuals. If what has been done in the past has not yielded our desired results, I say let's try something new. My hope is that the theory of having strength in numbers, proves true in this case, and together we are able to make a change.