Friday, February 13, 2009

I am so mad I could scream and scream and scream!

As I was withdrawing V from school today, I spoke to the "lady in the office." I thought I'd give the school a little tip. Their bathrooms need to be at least lightly supervised. Allowing "at-risk" children a private place for up to a half an hour with other "at-risk" children seems like a bad idea.

Her response? "That was only two kindergarten girls, Mrs. La. And we are dealing with that."

[WHAT?!?! That was not the incident to which I was referring. So LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT: You, the school personnel, know that crap is happening to kids in the bathrooms. And you are doing NOTHING to prevent it happening to other children.]

"How about if you put cameras in the non-potty portion of the room, so that..."

"Oh no! We couldn't do that! Privacy. Mrs. La, we don't even have cameras to prevent break-ins."

"Perhaps...the yard duties could swing through the bathrooms every now and then. Or there could be some kind of system to keep track of how long children have been in the bathroom or..."

"Mrs. La, where would we get the funding for any of those things? Besides we haven't had any parents complain"

[Where are you going to get the funding for the million dollar lawsuit that someone is going to file against the school district, because YOU FLIPPIN' KNOW that crap is happening in the bathrooms?]

"Well, my V was harmed in there. I can't let her be here if no one can protect her. Obviously, it's happening more than you realize."

"I'm sorry you feel that way, Mrs. La."

HOW ELSE WOULD I FEEL? Merciful heavens, what in the world is wrong with you people? No, seriously. Have you lost your minds?

The mystery of V's non-stop crying at home has been solved. Sobbing and whining and whimpering, she was driving us all crazy. And the poor kid was trying to work out some way to say, "help me," without getting in trouble or getting her "friends" in trouble. Poor baby.


Papa D said...

That's heartbreaking and disturbing and, unfortunately, not at all surprising. *sigh* Prayers for your little one.

Kristina P. said...

Wow, what a scary situation!

Sue said...

Oh, your poor daughter. I hope she's o.k., or will be.

Stupid bureaucrats.

Heidi Ashworth said...

Two of my kids have had to deal with incidents in the bathroom in their elementary school days. It's awful! One just doesn't expect these kinds of things to happen in a place where our kids are supposed to be safe! My husband's school in Baypoint def has cameras to prevent break-ins. So does our high school in our more upper crust town. Lots of them do. If parents make enough of a fuss to the right people, it will happen. This makes me sick!! I can't believe they were so non-chalant about the whole thing! (How great that I get to see you tomorrow and we can vent about it together!)

Jami said...

Thanks guys. I almost took her out about two weeks ago, simply because she was crying so much. No idea what the problem was, just that there was a problem. Wish I had.

My mother is going to be so upset. I won't think about that today. I'll think about it tomorrow. After all tomorrow is another day.

Wendy said...

Forget about're a loving mom, making the best possible decisions with the information you have currently at hand. And isn't it nice that tomorrow's another's hoping it's sunny.
Ditto Sue's "Stupid bureaucrats"!

Thora said...

I'm speechless. I wanted to do a comment that went like this:


I'm glad that you took her out.

Melanie J said...

Oh, bummer. As a former middle school teacher, I know how scary those bathrooms can be. Prayers!

Meredith said...

Hugs and prayers!

Youngblood4ever said...

I want to cry for you and V! So sorry that the school is run by a bunch of emotionally-stunted retards who couldn't give a flying fart about the kids.

(sorry for the strong language. Just have a serious problem with people who don't look after kids!)

The Crash Test Dummy said...

What the what??????

What happened? Did I miss that part?


Jo said...

Oh my gosh! That is terrible. Praying she will be okay. I am just horrified for you. Bless her little heart. HUGS!

The Motherboard said...

I'm with Crash... what did I miss? (i'm almost afraid to know)

I'm sorry there are slimeballs running your kids schools-- what else could they be to allow bad things to happen to kids in the school. Have you called your district office? You should. Get those numb-nutz's fired!

Sher said...

I'm sorry for whatever it is that happened to your child at school
And it's infuriated that the school has no intention of doing anything about it!