I know I may be her mother, but I must say she looks darn cute.
Now for the bad. When I picked her up from school, she had a frown on her face. Imagine my shock when she told me that when several children told her that there was no such thing as purple day, her teacher agreed with them. Let me repeat that…a teacher agreed that there was no such thing as anti-bullying day and she did it in front of other students. I don’t know what ticks me off more, the fact that a teacher is so sadly lacking in education on bullying and the efforts to stop it, or the fact that she publicly admonished my daughter. Joie said she felt both embarrassed and sad that people don’t care about bullying as much as she does.
Needless to say, I fired off a letter to one of her secondary teacher and the principle, this is what I wrote:
I hope this email is reaching the correct person, as I could not find a listing for Joie Hecht’s primary teacher in the directory. Today, Joie told me some distressing news. She wore purple today in honor of the National Wear Purple day to end bullying. She was so proud as she got dressed and anxious to support not only her brother, but countless other children and teens who are the victims of bullying. The movement is nation wide and was started last year in response to the rash of teen suicides that were the result of bullying. However, when Joie got to school she was informed that she was mistaken and that it was not purple day. I was so disheartened to learn that the Holly School District was no aware of this movement and saddened that Joie was made to feel embarrassed for standing up of what she feels is a good cause. I strongly suggest that every teacher and administrator in the district visit the GLADD site, so they can get some more information on this event. I don’t think I need to tell you that not only does bullying not only affect LGBTQ youths, but also numerous other children, so I would hope that your district would learn to embrace this movement. Here is the link, so you can read about the event for yourself http://www.glaad.org/news/go-purple-thursday-lgbt-youth