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Blog: Bullying Started Among the Kids at Plymouth-Canton, but Reached Administrator's Office

One of the most talked about blogs on Patch involves allegations that an elementary teacher didn't take bullying accusations seriously – and became a bully in the process.

A Patch blogger says bullying is a big problem in the Plymouth-Canton school district. What do you think? (Patch file photo)
A Patch blogger says bullying is a big problem in the Plymouth-Canton school district. What do you think? (Patch file photo)

Emily Florence’s blog is one of the most commented on posts on Plymouth-Canton Patch in recent days.

“It has taken me a long time to reach this point of sharing on a public forum the issues within our school, and I hope in doing so it will ultimately lead to changes within the system,” Florence writes. “Please note that I do have documentation to support my concerns, and the school district has been made aware of this.

“Over and over again, I hear people asking what is wrong with public education today.  I have found that, at least in our district (Plymouth Canton), it is the same problem we have in general in society: nobody cares.  Period.”

»Read the full blog post here and add your voice to the conversation.


Wendy Arendts Schultz June 24, 2014 at 11:11 AM
To quote Emily in her statement...."“Over and over again, I hear people asking what is wrong with public education today. I have found that, at least in our district (Plymouth Canton), it is the same problem we have in general in society: nobody cares. Period.” I personally take great exception to Emily's quote lumping all of Plymouth Canton into the "nobody cares" category. She and the others she writes about may be having problems at her school, but this does not include all of Plymouth Canton. Take for instance Smith elementary, where we have fully implemented "The Leader in Me" program based on Steven Covey principles of leadership. It was implemented because a few teachers and a principal, cared. I personally have no affiliation or knowledge of what is being reported in the blog about bully behavior at Gallimore or with its principal. I just would like to make it clear that there are parents, teachers and administration within Plymouth Canton school district that do indeed, care. The over reaching statement to suggest otherwise bums me out. I'll even go out on a limb to suggest there are instances of bullying at Smith despite many efforts to thwart it. But, I guarantee people there do care!!!! They may not always agree on the outcomes but there isn't any sort of general sense of "nobody cares". I do hope the issues at Gallimore are resolved and the adult/child bullying accusations/incidents are dealt with ASAP so everyone can resume school in the fall feeling positive and connected. It's time to look for solutions and be the change you wish to see.
Remaining Protected June 24, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Hello Wendy, I've read Emily's blog post and I too am a parent within the Plymouth Canton School District. I can see how you interpreted her comments to reflect the entire district, but I don't believe this is her intent and I didn't read it as such after I read the entire blog post. The issues outlined in her post are clearly isolated to Gallimore Elem. I would also agree there are A LOT of excellent educational professionals within the district. As Emily highlighted, she pointed out that some of those teachers that have been discouraged from disagreeing with Ms May. And those are the comments from some highly respected teachers within that school, not hear-say. And finally, I couldn't agree more with your closing statement...be the change you wish to see. Being that I've only met Emily one time, I believe she is doing just that. She's taking a stand against the individuals that so many parents have been afraid/too intimidated to do. I too hope this is resolved too so all of the kids can get back to a good educational experience that PCCS has to offer!
Wendy Arendts Schultz June 24, 2014 at 02:27 PM
I read the blog as well, however maybe today's readers haven't. I am not speaking to anything going on at Gallimore as I have no information one way or the other aside from the blog. The quote from Emily, in today's Patch article was broadly stated and I felt a distinction needed to be made as a means to separate her concerns from the entire school district. It did occur to me that Emily might not intend to make such a broad statement. It is here, where hashing this out on social media/news media can become problematic and I felt the urge to draw a line of separation between her concerns and other non-involved schools. I understand this forum may "feel" like the only means of being heard at this point. So, I do hope all parties involved find resolution and no longer have to hash it out here.

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