I don’t do a lot of blogging. I prefer to lose myself in creativity but something recently pissed me off and I wanted to vent about it. It’s going to make me jump off of a cliff of ranting but it’s frustrating and doesn’t seem to be changing, despite the bullhorn placed to its mouth in today’s society. I’m afraid it’s just going to fade away.
My 11 year old daughter told me on the drive home from school last week that a boy called her a Stupid Ass Bitch in class. She said it without any emotion and it didn’t seem to upset her but it made me mad. I asked why he did that.
She said, “because I wouldn’t let him use my glue stick.”
I seethed during the ten minute drive home from school. I ran things through my head about just letting it go because it didn’t bother her, but the more I thought about it the more angry it made me.
She wouldn’t let him use her glue stick and that’s the natural response he gave? It was extreme and vulgar considering it was a boy calling a girl these names. The word bitch has much worse connotations when directed at women, so there is no “it’s awful when anyone gets called a bad name” nonsense.
I asked my daughter if she told anyone and she said she did, she had told the teacher but the teacher was busy and didn’t hear it. The only answer my daughter was given was “okay, sit down,” and a passing “I don’t want to hear any cussing” to the class in general. This boy’s verbal assault was not addressed individually.
So I decided to email the teacher and I wasn’t satisfied with the response. I didn’t tell her the exact words that were used, simply “some vulgar language was directed at my daughter.”
The teacher’s first line was apologetic in favor of the boy. She said that the girls were rude to him but she would investigate further (this despite her saying she didn’t hear what was going on). At that point I decided to let her know what words were used and was further let down by her follow up response.
My daughter is a rule follower. She is pushed to tears if we’re going to be late for school because she doesn’t like the attention of walking in after the bell rings. She finished homework well before its due. I’ve asked her numerous times to skip half days because no work gets done anyway and she refuses to stay home. The information that the teacher gave in response to my email and her follow up goes against everything I know of my daughter.
The teacher said that the boy had his feelings hurt by nearby girls not wanting him to use the glue stick. The boy then lashed out with “you stupid…” but managed to hold back the nasty words. Yet, according to the teacher, the “bolder and more outspoken girls” filled in the blanks and spread rumors of what he said. They then went onto harass the boy at lunchtime so he had to go to the Vice Principal.
The teacher followed this asinine description of events by informing us that she told the boy to ask other peers or her for supplies if needs them in the future to avoid these kind of triggers.
I was floored by her response to this situation. I was not expecting them to string this boy up on the flagpole by his underwear, but she completely ignored any wrong doing of his and took his words as to how the events occurred! She called my daughter a liar by saying he never said mean words. (We confirmed that she heard the “stupid ass bitch” part first hand and she said yes, she heard the words out of his mouth).
The way she categorized the other girls as bolder and outspoken made it come off as a negative trait. That these were mean girls picking on this poor, little boy. That they were a scourge of the playground and the boy needed to be coddled. How can a woman in today’s society be taking this position? Outspoken behavior should be encouraged when constructive. Boldness should be cheered.
I didn’t respond to that email. There was no point in doing so. I wanted to. I wanted to email the principal and ask if this is how the school sees the female population. I wanted to ask why the boys take on events were accepted as what actually happened. I wanted to cause a fuss and make problems about this incident.
The reason I didn’t was my daughter. She didn’t care. She didn’t want the attention and I didn’t want to cause problems for her with a month left in school.
Which is a shame because I wanted to be her guardian. I wanted to defend her and if she said this boy spoke those words then she isn’t lying. I wanted the school to know that this kind of bullshit is unacceptable. I feel like I should have kept pressing and made a bigger deal so the next time a boy verbally assaults a girl a proper punishment will be applied. I wanted this boy to know that he can’t get away with talking to girls like this because he’ll grow up and it’ll be acceptable if that’s his initial response to adversity with women, to call them a nasty name.
I’m glad my daughter wasn’t bothered by it because, unfortunately, I’m sure it won’t be the last time some neanderthal male calls her something awful. I just hope she knows that I will always be there to defend her when she needs it.