This was part of Newcomer’s comment under “Just in From the Town Meeting”
Let me try a metaphor with a little personal story below. Take the example of a school yard bully, since it’s clear after all of this time that the BOE feels bullied by CPS and all of the FOI’s, lawsuits, personal attacks, etc.
How do we teach our kids to deal with a bully at school? Most of us advise a child to either ignore the bully or try to talk their way out of the situation. Only as a last resort and if all else fails should a child consider returning physical violence in an effort toward self-defense. Right? Fighting is always the last resort. And now for the story. I was bullied in 7th grade for several weeks by a kid I didn’t even know and for a reason I still don’t know to this day. Not only was I the only girl in my family, I was an only child. My father handled it the way he would have with a son back in the day. He took me outside and taught me how to fight. My mother hit the roof and when I came back inside, I received a good, long lecture all about how I should ignore the bully until she goes away or try to talk it out and get to the bottom of it. I tried this for weeks, three at least, and the bullying not only continued, it got worse until one day, the girl threatened to beat me up after school. The morning of the scheduled “fight” I happened to be at the top landing of the third flight of a stairway in our school. I was just about to head down to my next class when I saw the bully coming up the same staircase, about to pass by me. Of course, she had me in her sights. I waited for her to reach the top of the landing and as predicted, she came right toward me. Seconds later, there was a bully lying at the bottom of the staircase and she never bothered me again. As a matter of fact, the next time she passed me in a corridor, she even smiled at me. Problem solved. Read the rest of this entry »