Letter: Bullying must stop in Unionville-Chadds Ford

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To The Editor:

Letters1The public meeting of the UCF School Board last Tuesday started with a wonderful announcement that 12 of our students had qualified as National Merit finalists.

This joy quickly faded to disgust when a father of a sixth grade student legally attending Patton Middle School rose to address the Board about the bullying his son has experienced for sometime with no corrective action being taking by the District. While he and his wife have separated, he made the effort to come from outside the district to address this on-going problem.

It was personally sickening to listen to his speech. He left more detailed information with each Board member.

It is clear that our district’s current bullying policy needs to be immediately reviewed, probably drastically improved, and clear punishments added based on the extent of the bullying. This should be the NUMBER ONE priority for the district.

Additionally, all students from K thru 12 need to be educated about bullying and its affects on their classmates and on themselves. Our workforce from part-time employees up to and including the Superintendent need to also be educated. These educational programs will vary based on the audience to which they are provided.

They should also be repeated on a schedule similar to fire drills.

Bullying must be eliminated immediately in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District.

 

Bruce B. Yelton

Pocopson

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25 Comments on "Letter: Bullying must stop in Unionville-Chadds Ford"


Guest
1 year 3 months ago

Plato:

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

TE Resident:

When good people do not take action against perceived inequities, then they will be ruled by the people they did not stop.

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Kristin Hoover
1 year 3 months ago

Here is the one I hold dear:

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke

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Kristin Hoover
1 year 3 months ago

You are so right. The silent majority continues to grow larger and is unstoppable. Nobody controls the many conversations that take place at the hardware store, before/after PTO meetings, book sale, church or between neighbors. The tide had turned in the community against this board/Superintendent. There have been so many mistakes including their treatment of Dr. Manzone who continues to be a well-respected leader in the community.

I think you are a hero in UCFSD for saying what needs to be said. You truly make this district what it needs to be instead of an illusion. Thanks for standing up for what is right.

Guest
1 year 3 months ago

It’s important that citizens continue to speak out for what is right. It’s difficult when you have three in district leadership who conduct themselves in a manner which demonstrates the very bullying and intimidating behavior in which you are trying to rid the district. The attack Mr. Knauss and Mr. Dupuis launched on Mr. Yelton’s opinion letter probably doesn’t make citizens want to come forward to receive the same if they dare speak out and the way Dr. Manzone was treated surely discourages more than a few from seeking public office but it is important that your voice is heard.

There is a silent majority that agrees with you and the more you speak out, the more courage it gives others to do the same.

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Kristin Hoover
1 year 3 months ago

You’re right. It is a sad story. I looked at the video of the last school board meeting and it literally made me cry to see a parent so upset about bullying. I’ve lived his story and I know that others in the district have lived his story. I feel a real need to stand up for the other parents and kids in the district because the damage bullying causes goes on for years and sometimes a lifetime and sometimes it cuts a lifetime very, very, very short. I fear for the children and parents who are unheard in the district because the District will be “never better” but the damage will be done forever to the least powerful among us. The powerful will go on and get unbelievable salary increases. The damage done to the kids lasts. To BarbaraSiegel, my heart bleeds because I know what it is like to have a child that others consider “weird” because to be different in any way is the kiss of death for fitting in and getting along in UCFSD. To Turk182 who claims I have a grudge, I have to say that I agree 100% with you on this. I do have a grudge. Any parent who watched his or her child suffer repeatedly year after year in UCFSD at the hands of a bully while my concerns were dismissed and minimized by one teacher/administrator after another all the way to the Superintendent would also have a grudge. Sanville needs to go so that the next Superintendent can take this issue seriously. We need him to go before some child harms him/herself or commits suicide as a result of bullying while Sanville shuffles around and retweets pictures.

Guest
1 year 3 months ago

That’s a sad story. And unacceptable too. It sounds like you need a drastic change in the accepted culture in your district. It starts with district leadership mandating a climate change where bullying will not be tolerated and adequate ongoing training of all staff is instituted thereby setting a better tone for reaching higher standards.

Pay attention to School Board Director elections. Vote for candidates who best represent your values. I believe term limits are the answer for inappropriate relationships between administrators and Board Directors. It is the only hope for independent thinking.