Letter to the Editor

Stop the bullying

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Dear Editor,

Do you have any idea of what is going on in your local schools during the day and at any other time that students come together for school, church, social, or any other activities that places people in close proximity of each others' company? This extends to the various communications systems that may be involved in a student's life such as cell phone usage, computer sites (my space), etc..

I am the grandmother of a student who is and has been being subjected to BULLYING for a number of years, and it has gotten to the point of threats to my grandchild's life. It is a sad day for me that I feel compelled to appeal to the local communities in the surrounding area to PLEASE BECOME AWARE OF WHAT MIGHT ALSO BE HAPPENING RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSES in your particular community. What if this was your daughter, son, granddaughter, grandson, niece, nephew, or, for that matter, someone not related to you at all?? Doesn't everyone deserve to be able to feel safe and secure when he or she attends class and be able to concentrate on getting good grades instead of what SO AND SO just said to you that stresses you out and breaks your concentration in the classroom?

This area of Northwest Kansas is a heavily Christian society, and, yet, many of us don't seem to put into practice during the week what we hear when God speaks to us during the time we spend in attendance at our weekly church services. We are ALL GOD'S CHILDREN, so why don't we act like it and step up to the plate and support one another when we see the evils of bullying and other types of abuse going on in our communities. Teachers, Administrators, parents, friends, neighbors, and anyone else who is aware of this type of activity going on should let their voices be heard that it won't be tolerated in our schools and communities.

Our thought processes in this community seem to be that OH, WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT GOING ON HERE SUCH AS WHAT HAPPENS IN THE BIGGER SCHOOLS!! Well, let me tell you, it is going on right under your noses and to the extent that I don't want it to become a casualty. Parents, please wake up and teach your children to treat everyone with courtesy. You don't have to LIKE everyone, but we are all God's children and should be treated with respect as such. Belittling someone else to the point of severe bullying just tells me and the world that the people responsible have so little self esteem that they have to try to derive an ego from stripping someone else of his or her dignity.

PLEASE WAKE UP AND STEP UP TO THE PLATE. Let's become a loving and caring community and help each other out to become the best that we can be.

Frieda Goetze


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  • Frieda,

    It takes a great deal of courage to speak the truth of what is really going on in our world today.

    Your point about 'so little self esteem' is right on the money. It IS possible to help these people, both children and adults. If you and readers that support you want to make a difference to the children in your community please find out more about a remarkable gentleman called The Scary Guy - www.thescaryguy.com.

    My contact details are listed, please feel free to contact me at any time.

    Frieda, don't stop speaking the truth and keep on teaching love.



    -- Posted by G42 on Thu, Feb 5, 2009, at 5:10 AM
  • Frieda,

    We're so sorry to read about the bullying your grandchild has been the target of. As you know, bullying is a VERY serious problem, for those experiencing it, those witnessing it, and even those perpetrating it.

    Parents United Against Bullying (PUAB) is a non-profit organization taking a "whole community" approach to combat bullying. Working with parents and grandparents, youth, schools, out of school programs, faith based organizations, law enforcement, businesses and government, we are finding tremendous success in raising awareness helping to change the culture that tolerates bullying.

    While we are located in the Omaha/Council Bluffs Metro, we have families nationwide that we have helped whose children are suffering. We are a free service, and work with schools, families, etc to resolve the problems.

    Please feel free to visit our website www.mwpuab.com for more information. You are welcome to email us as well at stopbullyingnow@cox.net.

    You are so right! We are ALL God's creation, and no one deserves to be harassed, intimidated or bullied.

    Thank you for having the courage to speak out!

    Parents United Against Bullying

    Pam Kruse

    Project Coordinator/Founder

    -- Posted by Parents United Against Bullyin on Thu, Feb 5, 2009, at 5:30 AM
  • Freida,

    I know what your grandchild is going through. I was also a victim of bullying when I was in school. Something needs to be done NOW to help this poor victim. I can help. I provide programs for students, teachers, and parents on how to eliminate bullying. Please visit my website and contact me if you have any questions.


    -- Posted by Billy Simms on Thu, Feb 5, 2009, at 5:35 AM
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