My heart is breaking; and quite frankly, I’m more than a little frightened. Recently some intermediate students were sent in to my office at recess for fighting. One student was irate – another student reported to him that he had been called the n-word. Last week, he reported hearing it again from a different student. Then it showed up on some graffiti in a bathroom stall. Couple this with the prolific use of the word “That’s so gay”, or “That’s retarded”, or calling others fags, and my head is in a tailspin. I’ve reached out to our school social worker about running a restorative circle with the group involved, but I also want to reach out to my colleagues for suggestions: what can we do as a school?
So I’m sending out an S.O.S. Do we limit it to older students? Do we include the younger students? Open to suggestions, feedback and comments.