And not the usual ones 😉
My eldest moko was ‘suspended’ from his school today. He’s 9.
My issues aren’t with his alleged behaviour … my issues are with the school.
I can hear the ‘oh you’re biased’ tone … but, I know I’m not.
Here’s the deal.
Moko has been bullied for months at this school. His parents have been down there and talked with his teacher (as is protocol) on numerous occasions. The story is always the same. And always gets flipped back to moko being too aggressive.
Is it aggressive to stand up for yourself?
I think not!
And then today, his parents receive phone calls to say that they need to pick him up from school because he had another child in a head lock, was waving around a toy gun and pointing it at others kids heads, ‘pulling’ gang signs, wearing a gang ‘bandana and acting threateningly’.
Also noted was that mokos behaviour had been unmanageable ‘for awhile’ and they suggested that he get ‘professional help’ and change his attitude before he came back to school.
I note: at no time had the school contacted mokos parents about this ‘unmanageable behaviour’, and at no time was there an incident report filed or a police report made as to mokos behaviour. And at no time was there any other warnings given about his behaviour.
Instead, he was given a Principals Award for his school work and efforts in class.
His teacher has nothing but glorious praise for ‘such a clever young man’.
So whats happening?
I see a lot of lazy ass covering going on, covered over with a large helping of covert racism.
You see (I have delved into this in other areas of my blog), there is an assumption from some of our population, that those ‘of colour’ are automatically gang affiliated. That those ‘of colour’ have parents who ‘can’t be bothered with their kids’. That those ‘of colour’ are predisposed to aggression and aggressive behaviours.
And this is the rat that I can smell in this scenario.
Moko has never been near anything ‘gang related’. Not even television.
And none of this even touches the fact that the last time moko was bullied and his parents went to the school, it was discovered that moko had retaliated to the bully referring to him as being ‘black’. The other child wasn’t reprimanded. Instead, the incident was ‘left’ and it was decided it was a misunderstanding. Moko was told that if he was bullied again, he was to go straight to the teacher.
Here’s where it gets interesting.
The teachers reside in the teachers lounge during ‘breaks’. There may be one or two walking the playground during these breaks. When mokos parents have confronted the school about their lack of supervision, they have been told that they have ‘cameras’ surveilling the playgrounds. So how is moko supposed to tell a teacher he is being bullied if there is no-one around to tell?
As you’ve probably guessed, messing with my mokos pisses me off greatly!
I compiled a rather short sharp letter for the parents to send to the Principal. It states that the school didn’t follow procedure in the suspension of moko and if they don’t give them written documentation of what transpired today, then they would be referring this to the Education Department Ombudsmen.
No body fucks with my moko and gets away with it.
Yes see, to suspend a 9 year old is huge. And it pisses me off that they thought that that was the right move. No discussion. No conversation. No getting to the facts. Just a knee jerk suspension.
And don’t get me wrong; if moko did something wrong, he should be reprimanded for it. But reprimanded in light of the Entire story, not just one small piece that they don’t want to deal with.
Thats just bullshit.
So I’m not a happy Nan at the moment. Not happy at all.