I received an email this week from someone responding to my post “How’s the Weather.” It was an eloquently written email from someone, now an adult, who had been bullied in middle school, and felt the administration’s handling of the situation was misinformed and misguided. Sadly, the writer identified that administrator as me. The young man went on to say he understands that we all make mistakes – and that was kind of him to say. While I was new to administration at the time, if I mishandled the situation, that is no excuse and I realize saying I’m sorry all these years later is not enough.
Today, this young man is an educator, and I have every confidence that he is a wonderful teacher and mentor to his students. As I continued in the field of administration, I was passionate about establishing a climate where students felt safe, and I worked tirelessly to develop relationships with the students. I was touched by a parent who once said entering my middle school was like walking into a “love fest.” That is, of course, no consolation to this young man who remembers his experience.
If this young man returns to my blog, I hope he will accept my apology.