Bullying A Problem In The Woodstock School District

December 9, 2010

in News,Opinion

To The Editor:
I was horrified at a recent dinner party among a group of friends by the accounts of bullying at our local schools. In particular, a family that has a child in each of the levels of school, and all of them bullies. I was even more horrified that after having notified school officials of these bullies, police called and all the paperwork filed, that no one is acting on this.
While I do not have school-aged children now, my children will soon be school aged and I am terrified about the lack of supervision I see at the High School/Junior High and now the bullying taking place. My work is very close to WUHS and I am constantly seeing children wandering at all times of the day, young people, not two feet off school grounds smoking and cars flying past at outrageous speeds, speakers blasting… So my question is this: who is watching our children when they are at school?
With all of the recent suicides and bullying reports coming out of the “big” cities, I hope that in our small community we can get a grasp on the situation at hand and end this poor excuse for behavior before tragedy strikes our small towns. I hope that we, as a community, can reunite and begin to rethink how and what we are teaching our children. This is an epidemic in our time and it is just sad that this has finally affected us. Bullying is not new, nor will it ever go away, but children are being physically harmed and the people that we have entrusted our children’s safety to are not acting!
Jennifer Kirkman
North Pomfret


{ 1 comment }

Andrew Tuthill February 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

Bullying has always been a problem in Woodstock schools. In that system you have the absolute”haves” and the absolute “have nots”, and a lot of folks in between. In the years that I attended the Woodstock school system how you were treated had a lot to do with how your name was spelled and I don’t expect that has changed much. I have a lot of good memories of the years I went to school in Woodstock , a lot of people I’d like to see again, and several teachers that I’d like to be able to thank for all that they gave me. Still, I don’t miss the people that looked down their collective noses at me because of what I didn’t have.
How, or even if, the system looks at a bullying problem is going to rely on the courage and integrity of the current administration and local civic leaders. Fortunately, with the advances in national media and news distribution these kinds of problems get a lot more recognition leading to an environment more conducive to action and change. I hope it all works out

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