Ben Hill Middle School

Mount Pleasant, IA

#1 May 13, 2011
Recently there was an incident at the middle school where a child was being bullied to the extremes and the child was very upset to the point of considering suicide. Now all of this happened in while the teacher was out and there was a substitute. The teacher heard about it and approached another child and asked for her to turn in names on Monday morning so that the situation would be dealt with. When the child talked to the teacher on Monday to turn in the names of the children that bullied the child the teacher's response was " I don't even care about who done it or what happened. I don't want to know anything about it." Now would someone please tell me if I am over reacting but I am outraged! This is the problem with our teenagers now! There are so many suicides because of this and so many children that don't succeed in life because of this. These situations are part of what leads our children to drugs and criminal activity. I understand that parents and home life can play a role in these situations as well but some of these kids only feel normal at school and need as much help as possible. So parents PLEASE PLEASE teach your children not to bully other children, especially because they don't wear name brand clothes and shoes. We have to draw the line somewhere because apparently our teachers are not watching over our children the way we think they are. I am sure you would speak up if it was your child as would I but even though this hasn't happened to my children they are very affected by this and come home from school very upset on many occassions. Please help me spread the word that this is a growing problem in our school system and we as parents have got to take control of the situation.
momto3teacherto3 0

United States

#2 May 13, 2011
While I agree it IS a growing problem, please do not say "Our teachers are not watching over our children". This is a slap in the face to me and other teachers who spend a large portion of our time after school and often our own money to help BH children. I know even with budget cuts I have spent hundreds of dollars of my own money this year. I also tutor several children a week for free after school and often take them home because they need a ride.

Also, as far as bullying, it is almost impossible to be the ears and eyes with 30 or more children at a time. While that situation if true is jacked up, most teachers are not like that. How about volunteering to help out in the classroom. Would make a bg difference to have a 2nd adult.

Talk to Mrs. Pruitt (6th grade) or Mrs. Hewatt (7th and 8th). They are the school counselors.

United States

#3 May 13, 2011
Bull shit dont tell me it is impossible to watch there children,I had a incident with my child at that school , Mr Slaven is a damn joke to include Patti Barwick. Fitzgerald should be honored to have a principal like Patti Barwick that is right on top of her staff and her school , shes a dumbass with no control. Just ask her about her and Mrs Leyse child oh wait shhhhh thats suppoese to be kept quiet I forgot . It is what it is! the middle school staff sucks!!!!!!!!

Mount Pleasant, IA

#4 May 14, 2011
while i do agree that there are some teachers that do more than thier part for some children, i do know that there is several teachers that do this only for certain children. i recently had an expierence with my own children where i seen that you have to know someone or have money or be known by the whole town in some way for your children to be involved in some things or get this special treatment. to the teachers that do go the extra mile for ALL children regardless of who they are and where they come from, my hats off to you and thank you very much. However i know myself that there are some teachers that don't care as much and that deliberatly overlook these situations and alot of the bus drivers too. this is a growing problem in our community and it needs to be taken care of. And as far as volunteering at the school goes when i wasn't working i tried but wasn't allowed to do so and now i am a working mother of 3 children and can't be there which is why i put the lives of my children in the hands of these teachers, which is also why i am outraged at the way this is being handled. i only included all teachers to keep from naming names and be respectful so just so you know, i do know that there is a handful of teachers that do thier job because they love the kids and not just for a paycheck!!!

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