Gathering School Stories

Yesterday’s post, When the School is the Bully, generated an amazing amount of feedback and buzz.  I thought my view counter was broken when it registered some 57 views in the first five minutes alone. 

My email was flooded, Facebook chat kept me busy answering questions and that post alone received nearly 400 views in a few hours.  That’s a LOT of concerned people.

Today I’ve been gathering stories and the things I’m hearing are surreal.  I heard about a mom whose child was told by a teacher, “I can see you as the kind of kid that will be back here with a gun someday.”  When comments like that are being told to our children can we really wonder why violence is escalating in our schools?

I also talked with a family whose child had his arm dislocated by a coach for “talking disrespectful”.  The same child was given in school suspension multiple times for chewing gum on the way to school – 4 times in the first week.  Now he has been driven from the school system, much like my own son.  I’m processing that interview and hope to have that story up here tomorrow (delayed).

There is a real problem with this school and the district that supports it.  I know my son won’t be returning to school now – that right has been taken from him by the school that I still pay taxes on.  I am going to pursue this situation, however, until it’s rectified for all the students to come.

These children are having their rights to an education taken away from them… here in America… here in northwest Florida.  The United Nation’s  International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Article 13) establishes “the right of everyone to education. They agree that education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and the sense of its dignity, and shall strengthen the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”  Education is a universal entitlement and considered a human right.

Rather then me continue on with my rant, I let the students of this school speak for themselves.  The following screenshots were taken from the school’s Facebook page.  I blocked the names to respect privacy but they are otherwise untouched.  Literally, out of the mouths of babes:

Have a school tale to tell?  Please leave it in a comment because I want to hear it!

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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