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I’m responding to the letter on bullying that appeared in the February 13th issue. The author alleges their child was severely bullied while attending a school in the WQSB and they removed the child from the school after a teacher allegedly grabbed her by the arm and hurt her.

I’m responding to the letter on bullying that appeared in the February 13th issue. The author alleges their child was severely bullied while attending a school in the WQSB and they removed the child from the school after a teacher allegedly grabbed her by the arm and hurt her.
The parent mentions the principal, police, and WQSB were aware of the incident. The children present at the alleged attack made a statement to the principal and another adultwitness was present at the time. I assume that, if a police investigation was conducted, this adult’s statement was taken.
The parent contends that the principal, WQSB representatives and the police dismissed the allegations. Is it not possible that action wasn’t taken against the teacher because, after an investigation, the allegations were found to be groundless?
I’m concerned that the Journal would print a letter like this where a teacher’s reputation is sullied without first interviewing at least one of the people of authority involved. This is a serious matter and shouldn’t be ignored. One of the worst allegations that can be made against a teacher is child abuse. This teacher is an exemplary individual who has taught many children. Her students love her and some still send Christmas cards and gifts long after they have graduated.
I was also dismayed to see this anonymous letter published on the anti-bullying page. It leaves the impression that the editor believed it deserved to be there and it lends credence to the content. A well-researched article about how to
recognize if a child is being bullied, or is being a bully, and how to deal with it would have been a more appropriate article for this page.

A former WQSB volunteer who worked in the teacher’s classroom

Editor’s note: The name of the author, a relation of the teacher mentioned above, has been withheld to protect the identity of those implicated. The letter writer fails to note two things. First: this was identified as a letter, not a journalistic article, which is coming. Second: our issue is not about a particular teacher, but rather the subject of bullying. The teacher and student were never identified. See page B20 to read the Publisher’s statement on this subject.