Petition to Katy ISD School Board, Dr. Lance Hindt, Greg Barrett
Tackle Bullying Together - We CAN Unite and BUILD from Brokeness
Dear Dr. Hindt, Mr. Greg Barrett, Katy ISD School Board, my fellow Katy ISD alumni, Katy ISD parents and everyone who would like to see constructive solutions to bullying, RE: The recent Katy ISD School Board meeting where Mr. Greg Barrett relayed a horrific junior high school bullying experience from the 1970's and accused Dr. Lance Hindt of being one of the bullies. I would like to propose that Dr. Hindt and Mr. Barrett meet together with a group of professionals that have experience with anti-bullying programs and show the students, parents and community that it IS possible to overcome problems and work together to BUILD lives, and change the conversation from destruction of lives to one of reconciling, healing and building. I would love to see these two lead assemblies together about bullying - think of the POSITIVE impact they could make TOGETHER!! I come from the upbringing where if you have a problem with someone, you talk to them in private and provide an opportunity to work out problems without humiliating anyone. If Dr. Hindt was involved in this incident, I hope he makes the opportunity to reconcile; if he was not involved, I still hope he would reach out to Mr. Barrett in compassion, recognizing a horrific event occurred and invite Mr. Barrett to the table of solutions. And in turn, I challenge Mr. Barrett to come to the table, reconcile and pledge to work together with Dr. Hindt and KatyISD on anti-bullying policies. I pray the profoundly negative social media wave of character assassination of Dr. Hindt will quiet and the positive work he has done to build strong legacies will be even stronger. Mr. Barrett invited all of us into the bathroom incident from the 1970's. As witnesses, are we today going to stand and watch lives continued to be destroyed or are we going to reach out, stand up, stand beside both of these men and pledge to work toward positive solutions? I stand beside both men for reconciliation and creating a stronger platform for anti-bullying. Think of the difference they could make TOGETHER!! Very Respectfully, Gayle McAteer Pierce James E. Taylor HS, Class of '83
Petition to Tony Baldwin
Please help reinstate Coach Pokorny as Head Wrestling Coach at Owen High School
Dear Buncombe County School Board Members and Faculty: We as parents were as saddened and surprised as you to learn of the events that took place at wrestling practice at Owen High WED 1-10-2018. We are of the understanding that you are aware of all circumstances surrounding the altercation. We also acknowledge you must hold employees to a higher standard than parents. Likewise, we as parents hold you to a high standard; employing the most capable adults to teach and instruct our children. We feel Lucas Pokorny is best suited to instruct and teach our children and request he be immediately reinstated as the High School Wrestling Coach and Special Education instructor at the middle school. The time he has invested in our children, the dedication he has displayed to their success and growth in not only a sport, but principles of life trumps any transgressions brought on by a misguided and disorderly parent. This parent can only dictate the future of our wrestling program if you allow him to. We want to pose a question. Had Coach Pokorny not diffused the situation physically, what else could have happened? One can easily interpret his actions as protecting our children. There is a track record with this parent that may finally have been addressed. Our boys are getting better with every match, and we request that continue under the guidance of Lucas Pokorny.
Petition to Tim Wirgau, Andrew Holt
Police Enforceable Anti-bullying Laws in Tennessee
My 13 year old son is mentally ill and is on the brink of suicide due to bullying in the schools. He was institutionalized in December of 2016 as a direct result of ongoing bullying on the school bus and in school. He was treated for suicidal idealization and psychosis. On April 12, 2017, his bully told him to go kill himself and the only thing that happened to the bully was ISS for 3 days. That day was a milestone for my son because that was the day he was released from intense therapy. On Friday, May 12, 2017 the bully started threatening my son and attempted to hit him in lunch. My son hit him and the both of them where placed in ISS, no questions asked by the principal. Monday, May 15, 2017, the principal pulled my son out of ISS and started threatening him with expulsion, mind you he had NEVER been in trouble in school before while this bully has instigated more fights in the entire school than any of the previous years and yet has remained allowed in the school. Now my son faces even more therapy because of this. I, as any mother I would hope, contacted the school board, the Sheriff, the school Resource Officer, the DA's office, the TBI, Juvenile Services, countless lawyers, and a State Representative to find out what I could do to help my child. They all told me the same thing, NOTHING! I was informed there was no standing law that allows for the police to step in and help these children or adults. I am sure there are many more out there in our state that are being bullied and someone has to stand up and put a stop to it. I don't just want to protect my son but also all school age children; as well as children and adults with mental illnesses. This has to stop and as a parent I implore you Mr. Wirgau to start a law to get this in the motion as this is in YOUR county, Benton County, as well as all over the state. "Bullying can have a lasting effect on a person's mental health: A new study finds that children who were bullied frequently when they were 8 years old were more likely to develop a psychiatric disorder that needed treatment as an adult, compared with kids who were not bullied." http://www.livescience.com/53034-childhood-bullying-lasting-mental-health-effects.html
Petition to Jerry Brown, California State Senate
#EnoughIsEnough When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. We are tired of schools turning their backs on our kids. Its time for change and we will start with the heads of states.