There is an injustice being done to the kids in our community. The malicious mischief, physical and verbal violence, disruptive and disrespectful behaviors going on in our schools are inhibiting their education. Bullying and harassment are at a peak. These behaviors are starting and growing in our elementary schools, festering in our middle schools and exploding in our high schools.
Teachers are unable to teach, and students are not learning. We are setting up our kids for failure. For the past six years, I have voiced my concerns to the schools, the district and recently again to the April 10 school board meeting. I’m tired of their excuses: “We were unaware; I hear what you’re saying; we’ll get back to you on that; it’s their culture; these behaviors are trending state and nation wide; next year will be better; we’re implementing a new plan; and you need to understand.”
I understand we have low test scores, a sad drop-out rate and a large turnover of teachers and staff. The district school bus drivers have to deal with all these behaviors as well. Words are cheap. Action speaks louder than words. Kids need structure, encouragement, discipline, set boundaries, accountability and consequences. Enough is enough. It’s time we all step up to plate and make sure our kids are getting the education they are entitled too. I am a grandparent raising three grandchildren who attend various Federal Way schools. I’m a home owner who has lived in Federal Way for 30 years. I have a large investment, and I do not like the returns our kids are getting.
Melissa Boutelle, Federal Way