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Bullying by Schools

April 14, 2012

A disheartened parent shares an experience without disclosing her identity or the school’s. It could be you or your child’s school! Read on…

Truth does not prevail 

I have learnt a lesson in life  about lies and truth by making a simple mistake. It’s exactly opposite my values and shatters every belief I have ever had. Ironically, the person to teach me this important practical lesson was the highest authority of a reputed school. He could not but forgive a small mistake of the parent of  a student studying in his school even after repeated apology and requests and rather suggested preposterous ideas for the solution without any consideration for my financial or emotional condition.

I dread thinking about the innocent children under his guidance if ever they, God forbid, commit a mistake in his school. They cannot expect forgiveness from the school because it simply does not practice compassion, love or kindness under the fake cloak of discipline, even when it preaches them as its aim that these virtues be instilled in its students by example.

 Well I suppose, according to the school :

To hell with the truth! As the history of the world proves, the truth has no bearing on anything. It’s irrelevant and immaterial, as the lawyers say. The lie of a pipe dream is what gives life to the whole misbegotten mad lot of us, drunk or sober.                              –EUGENE O’NEILL, The Iceman Cometh


Is it the right of the school to bully and humiliate the parents of its students instead of understanding their need for the support of the school authorities in bringing up the children as responsible truth-speaking citizens? On one hand, it calls the parents the primary educators and seek honesty and morality from its children, on the other hand, admitting the truth results in the application letter being rudely thrown away and dismissed in the most ill-mannered way.

As I review the situation now, I realize that the lack of proper information that led to this confusion on my part was partly due to  inadequate communication from the school. Does a single notice being put up inside the school premises, where admittance of the parents is NOT allowed generally, suffice as a proper notice given to the parents? No notice posted on school website, none issued to the students, no mention wheresoever and well, the misinformed parent is caught unawares.

What I regretted doing, after my communication with the school authorities, was that HAD I TOLD A SIMPLE LIE TO COVER UP MY MISTAKE, I WOULD HAVE BEEN WORLDLY-WISE.

I am yet to decide which one was my bigger mistake, the initial one or telling the truth.


If bullying in schools is a problem, it should be bullying by the schools that should be addressed more seriously. Have you had such an experience ? Share it with other wordpress readers.

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