Bullying in COOPERSTOWN schools - Wha...

Bullying in COOPERSTOWN schools - What has your experience been?

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Since: Aug 11

Corning, NY

#1 Aug 18, 2011
Bullying is a hot topic of late, in Coop.

We all know there's bullying everywhere. But that doesn't make it right. Many children end up taking their own lives as a result of being bullied. It seems to be approaching an epidemic, as portrayed in the media, anyway.

I'm hoping that students will share their own experiences, since anyone can post here completely anonymously.

Maybe some parents can speak up and speak out against bullying, and share their children's experiences as well, along with their own experiences of addressing it to the CCS administration.

Perhaps parents of former and current bullies can chime in and let the rest of us know how you handle/hadled it, what helps/helped, and what didn't.

Maybe even a bully or two could be courageous enough to give us his or her opinion as to WHY they bully, HOW they choose their victims, HOW they feel before, during, and after the bullying, and whether or not they've been bullied themselves...

Let's discuss!
mother of 3

Bolivar, NY

#2 Oct 4, 2011
I have daughters that are in the Cooperstown school district 1 of them is always being bullied you call the school about it and nothing is ever done the people that are doing the bullying get a slap on the wrist now my oldest does not want to go to school there anymore! I have call different numbers online about this happening but get no where can you please tell us what route to take!!
concerned Cooperstown MOM

Bolivar, NY

#3 Nov 20, 2011
My child is bullyed beacause of the color of her skin at CCS we called Cring and he took the boy off the bus for a week!! Now he is back on the bus and things have gotten worse!! When will CCS figure out that they have a massive problem with bullying???

Croghan, NY

#4 Nov 23, 2011
nothing will happen. The school and the sheriff department work together to coverup any corruption that may happen in Cooperstown. Don't want to ruin image of the perfect little town.

Jamestown, NY

#5 Dec 17, 2011
I believe that we must as parents, insist that the school board refrain from sweeping the most current bullying situation under the rug. This was not even typical bullying. It was at the very least, attempted rape and/or sodomy. I'm basing that statement soley on what I've read in the newspapers, on the CoopHallofShame site (which I hate, as it encourages everyone to boycott Coop), and my 11th-grader son's statements. He has not said much, refuses to name names, and appears afraid of giving me ANY "inside scoop" for fear of retribution at school.

Check out the video of the 12/14/11 school board meeting and you'll see how obvious it is that Superintendent Hebert and the rest of the board members clearly want this issue to go away, without giving any answers to the public/parents. Mrs. Pacherille was attempting to read a statement of her concerns as the parent of a bullied teen, and she was constantly being hushed by School Board Member Scalci, the superintendent, and other board members. They very awkwardly and obviously were dismissive of her and her statements, and made several unsuccessful attempts to move past the bullying issue and Mrs. Pacherille's statements, and onto the next order of business.

Her very relevant questions included what the school is going to do to protect students in the future, what the school is doing now regarding the punishments of the hazing perpetrators, and how are the coaches being held accountable. We have the right to know the answers to these questions, and Mrs. Pacherille has the right to ask these questions. The board members stated she could not use names. Even after she continued to read her statment without using names, they found other ridiculous reasons to try to shut her up. I find these coverups to be reprehensible. My own son told me of his own experiences being bullied a couple of years ago, and I was told by the administration that it just wasn't happening. My son stopped telling me anything that involves bullying because he is afraid of being questioned about it at school, and moreso because he's afraid of being targeted further. I can't wait until these bullies graduate. Unfortunately though, Jeffrey Flynn, one of the admitted pereptrators who accepted some sort of plea deal with the school (which the board would NOT discuss) was suspended for over 60 days, and will likely fail the 12th grade as a result. I wouldn't be surprised if he's being tutored at home at the tax payers' expense, and could possibly graduate with his class this year, pushed through by the administration just to get rid of him. If not, I will be concerned about him (and the others) roaming the halls of Coop, possibly targetting my own son and others next year, as he'll be in my son's grade if he fails this year.

As a parent and resident of Cooperstown, I want to know the whole story...not just a dismissive "We're handling it."

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