Keeping Our Students Safe!

Keeping our students Safe!

Why do we send our kids to school?  Short answer: To learn; Long answer: We believe in schools keeping our students safe.

In essence, I can’t wrap head around it.  As a parent, I know why I send my children to school.  From the standpoint of a former student, I understood why my mother sent me to school.  As I currently negotiate with my four-year-old about going to school, she knows that she goes to school to learn.  Parents send their children to school to learn.

Sexual Abuse in Schools:

Are we doing enough to prepare our kids for sexual predators in schools?  I recently read an article about sexual abuse in Catholic schools.  108 educators were accused, and the article stated, “This was just the tip of the iceberg.”

Teachers as Caregivers:

Overall, parents trust teachers.  Sometimes to the detriment of their kids.  Teachers sometimes don’t understand where the disconnect between school and home comes into play.  Part of that disconnect comes when parents entrust their most valuable assets (their children) in the care of educators.  Some educators take this act seriously. Others don’t.

Teachers as Role Models:

Regardless of your acceptance of being a role model, as an educator, you are a role model by default.  Embracing this is also embracing your responsibility in keeping our kids safe.  We can all agree; there’s no room for sexual predators in this profession. It becomes frustrating when every other story is a story about abuse.  Kids deserve better than they are receiving.  They deserve alert parents who ask the right questions.  We have to do better. We have to keep our students safe.

OAN Taking Matters in Our Own Hands:

This is what happens when taking matters into your own hands goes wrong.

In other news, where do you draw the line with protecting your child from bullies?  Should your child being bullied ever result in your taking matters into your own hands?  My mind and my heart both say no.  However, as a parent, I understand the anguish experienced by parents when they send their children to school expecting them to be safe.  Moreover, as parents, we have to set the expectations for our students.  I think there was a way to be impassioned, as well as send the message that you won’t be bullying my child without the parent physically assaulting the student.

Author: Raymond J. Ankrum, Sr.

Mr. Ankrum is the current Superintendent of the Riverhead Charter School. Mr. Ankrum has gained notoriety as a school turnaround expert. He is enthusiastic about helping students from low (SES) find ways to end generational poverty through educational advocacy. If you believe PoC can end generational poverty by exercising educational opportunities, you have an ally in @Mr_Ankrum.

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