Did you read the news about the kindergarten class that voted a five-year-old classmate out? Find the story and read it. You can search on Google for Morningside Elementary School.
A student being tested for disability and special education services in Port St. Lucie, Florida, was voted out by his classmates. The teacher allowed the students to vote, and 12 of 14 voted to boot him out of class.
Can you imagine the impact on a five-year-old at being ostracized by his classmates? The student has the right to be in school. The teacher should have been educating the students to a viewpoint of understanding and acceptance.
Care to express your opinion? Go to http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/ and email the principal.
Does it happen elsewhere? You bet.
Do it happen in District 200? Well, not the voting, but the bullying does.
No one - that's NO ONE - should tolerate bullying of anyone. Not of a student. Not of a peer. Not of a teacher or parent or friend or sibling. When you witness bullying, step forward immediately and stop it.
© 2008 GUS PHILPOTT