When I was in middle school, I was in a fight and a knife was pulled on me. I was in a fight with an 8th grade boy that was taller and bigger than my father (who is not a small man). I was fondled everyday of school by a group of boys that blocked the hallway to the lockers and it was ignored by the teachers. Drug and alcohol abuse at school was rampant. And to top it all off, this was still a time when you could get paddled for chewing gum in class. You are naive if you think fears of public schools are overblown.
Thank you for your post.
The stories my grand-daughters have shared would curl anyones hair. ...and their school was supposedly one of the best. But the environment was something else altogether we would learn. Kids can and do know how to outwit the teachers...they know even what teachers will turn their heads as well as those who won’t and all in between.
I know one father whose daughter was being touched on the school bus. He went to the school ..and thru the nonsense about proof etc. When there was nothing forthcoming from the school the father took matters into his own hands....
...he knew the bus route and where the kid got off....along a rural road. He waited for him... after the bus drove away, let’s just say he put the fear of God in the kid...up front and personal. Told the kid if he ever said a word to anyone they’d be picking him up off the road when they found him. The kid never touched his daughter again.
Point is the school would not do a thing in addressing this kid....no proof.
My late wife taught in a predominately minority school where nothing which you experienced occurred. In very few schools does that occur but you are guaranteed to hear about it when it does. In some communities the school is an island of refuge from the violence and misery the kids normally live under. The students are in far greater danger going to and from school than when in it.