**If your already having Monday blahs, this is probably not the blog for you today. I hate being a downer, but I just had to get this out of my system. It's terribly sad: contains young death. Read on only if you have to constitution for it.**
My best friend of almost 20 years is a high school teacher in our small town. Friday night a bright beautiful 16 year old student at her school committed suicide.
She had been receiving threatening/bullying texts for over a week from at least two other students. The school had been notified, but took
no action, understandably, since the texts were not sent during school hours. Nothing has been mentioned about her being harrassed in school, but the police are investigating.
This is so sad on so many levels. My heart breaks for her parents; I can't imagine being there. That age will be here for my munchkins before I know it, and it terrifies me. It's so damn hard to be a teenager. They should be the best year's of one's life, but it seems it gets harder with each generation.
I have my ideas and assumptions on what yields this bad behavior. I'll just say it begins at home, and I'll leave it at that. I know in my heart my children have been, and will continue to be, taught to respect themselves, peers, elders and authority.
As angry as I am with the bullies, I also have to feel a little sorry for them. One day they will grow up and realize the full scope of their actions. They will know that they are happily married with two kids, yet one of their former peers will never get the same chance.
I'm angry at the schoolboard (I would guess this is a state issue, not federal?) because one of the kids shouldn't even have been in the school, imo. This person is a 20 year old junior! In FL (or maybe, in my day?) there was a cutoff age, and it was 19. Once you hit that age you were done with school no matter what. And it makes sense. Twenty years olds have no business in a school setting with 13-14-15 year olds.
I'm angry mostly at the government and the fact that they have taken away all ability for the teachers/school administrators to hand down discipline in any form. My BF sits there and watches the kids in her class text away as they ignore her, yet she can do nothing but ask [nicely] that they put away their phones - she's not allowed to take them away. IMO, each class should have a drop box for the phones where the kids place them upon entering.
Even more aggravating to me is the fact that BF says half the time it's the parents texting the kids. You know for important stuff - like asking them to pick up bread on their way home.
Well, now I've gone from sad to pissed off and sad.
The loss of this young life is unfair and unjust.
Hats off to all you teachers out there. I couldn't do it. Unless of course they offer a class on respect. I'd be more than happy to share a