E.O. Green Incident

February 20, 2008

Although, I never met Larry, I know someone very close to me that did know him very well.  This person made a big difference in Larry’s short life.  He made it easier for Larry to be himself.  He made it easier for Larry to have friends and to feel comfortable for him to exist as he was, if only for a while.  Yes Larry was a bit different.  But only in a way that was obvious to most people.  In a way that made it easy for those kind of people who enjoy making people who are different to be miserable.  You know the kind, bullies.  Everyone has personality traits, characteristics that make them stand out in a crowd.  Well Larry just didn’t try to hide his.  I was reading an article this morning, in the local paper that the parents of his school were calling for metal detecters and curriculum that taught tolerance of difference.  I was excited by this.  I remember doing similar things at a school board meeting, after a school shooting when my daughter attended elementary school.  I was calling for teaching tolerance as part of the curriculum.  Not so much metal detecters.  But at this point in time it does seem like a good idea.  But what struck me was that one parent was calling for it to be against the rules for students of the male persuasion not to be able to wear jewelry or feminine assessories.  As if this would solve the problem in reference to what happened to Larry!!!  I was a little ok a lot sickened by this.  How out of touch can anyone be?!  Well, all I can try to do is put it out there in my little blog is please people, try to understand that we are all a little different in some way.  Some people have differences that are a little more obvious.  Tolerance is the key here.  Teaching children tolerance is our only hope.  I believe this is why these horrors are occurring at our schools.  We need to stop with “no child left behind’ mandating teachers to teach for the test and worrying about test scores and start humanizing our schools again.  Stop treating our teachers like they are monsters and responsible for every ill of our society and get behind them and be partners with them and find out that they are doing a great job and dealing with much more than you can imagine.  Go to the school board meetings more often then after a shooting and demand that tolerance become part of the curriculum!!!!!  And teach it at home.  Be partners with your teachers.

3 Responses to “E.O. Green Incident”

  1. sketched out Says:

    Here here! You’re so right on the money. It seems when parents and teachers work together, much more can be accomplished. I also think teaching tolerance is of the utmost importance, way more than turning schools into a police state and asking children to hide their personalities out of fear.

    Right on Joni!

    Also, my heart cracks in two, thinking about that poor child. Just don’t have any words to express that well enough.

  2. artseafartsea Says:

    Great article. You should get it out to the public. Maybe email to the Star and or the Reporter. People may be paying attention now for a short awhile anyway. Even tho we all have the attention span of a flea and this will be forgotten shortly.

  3. Joni Says:

    Thank you so much! I know Andy and I have done our best in our careers in teaching and working with children to do this. But it does need to be taught in the curriculum right?


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