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Topic: Angry (08/02/07)
TITLE: The Acrimonious Administrator
By David F. Palmieri Sr.
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Why was he so adamant about not doing something to help this child? Another girl had bullied her, in her class, for over eight months. Lilly had asked repeatedly to be moved to the other fifth grade class to get away from Lisa, but her requests went unanswered. Her grades were dropping and her overall personality had begun to change. It wasn’t just Lisa that was the problem at this time. Some of the other girls followed Lisa’s lead in constantly picking on Lilly.
The principal sent Lilly to the new school psychologist’s office so that she could determine exactly what Lilly’s problem was. Lilly’s problem was Lisa, but the principal refused to accept that issue. The psychologist would ask Lilly some mundane questions then spend some time playing board games with her.
Lilly’s parents were perplexed when Lilly told them about her sessions with the school psychologist. When they questioned Mr. Leaven, the principal, as to what criteria the psychologist was hired under, he told them that the school had to write a policy on “Bullying” to meet a new state mandate. When asked why Lilly couldn’t simply be transferred to the other class his response was “it’s not in the best interest of the class.”
Finally, several weeks later the “Parents Board” of the school voted to allow Lilly to be moved to the other class. Within days she returned to being the happy eleven-year-old that she previously was. Her grades came back up as well as her spirits. Her parents were overjoyed that the change had been allowed.
A week went by when Lilly’s dad received a call from Mr. Leven. He accused her dad of “going over his head” and “refusing to allow him to work out a solution for the bullying issue.”
When I heard this story from my friend I was incensed. All I kept saying was “he had eight months, eight months to come up with a solution.”
During that eight months a child suffered because of an Acrimonious Administrator who refused to listen to anyone’s advice. Unfortunately dear reader, this incident took place in a “Christian” school.
My friend asked me the question, “when are we going to see some real integrity in Christians who are in responsible positions”? I had no honest answer to her question. I realize that there are many Christian people in responsible positions who display real integrity. I also believe that these dear ones are a dying breed as we “see the days approaching.”
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