Cindy Long, writing for neatoday.org, is trying to promulgate the view that bullying by school principals and superintendents is common. Shockingly the victims are the people we entrust to look after the best interests of our children, TEACHERS!
An anonymous educator from Augusta, Maine, was so distraught by the actions of her principal and superintendent that she didn’t want the school mentioned, but wanted her story to be publicized because she believes the problem of workplace bullying is a significant in the land that we love.
The nameless teacher writes she literally fears for her well being and that her former employers could still hurt her. She is concerned she will have to apply for unemployment not being able to receive a letter of recommendation from a particularly vindictive administrator.
The recalcitrant employee told principal she opposed or would NOT transfer to a new school and new grade level which is the event that first put her on the radar. Higher ups then cited deficiencies in her test scores, her interactions with parents, and how well she got along with colleagues.
The principal stated that her students were not satisfied with her instruction or classroom performance. This one is a tough call. Do we have an overbearing principal here or an instructor who is unwilling to comply with professionally set norms? I believe Teacher did not comply with the right of any independent school district to transfer employees to other school district based on demand and need. Neattoday.org should vet their content writers back ground better. Moreover, Long sloppily only cites one anonymous teacher’s grievance and then concludes teacher bullying by admins and principals is widespread and prevalent. Her article is journalistically anecdotal. It’s possible her claim of teacher bullying is true, but her article is not even marginal proof.