A few days after Columnist Mark Mayes from the Lansing State Journal ran Lilly’s story, he forwarded me an email that made my heart drop into my stomach.
It was a forwarded email from Nick Johnson, Principal of Holt High School 9th Grade Campus to (according to the sender) the entire staff.
Allow me to summarize.
The email stated that my blog posting, Bullies Are Stupid & I Love the Way You Walk was with a few exceptions, basically false.
I felt terrible.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I don’t go around telling stories on people. I think other than the Penn State thing, this is the first time I have ever written about some entity or group of people in particular. I deal with problems that arise face to face.
I read and reread his version of the incidents. The words inaccuracies and omissions stood out time and again. The heat drained from my face slowly. I read it again. I called Ginny and asked a few questions. I read through a very clear timeline of events and how they were allegedly handled correctly by the Principal and a few staff members.
I started to feel a little better.
I mean, if the email I was forwarded did indeed come from Nick Johnson than I could go through and pick it apart. I could restate Ginnie’s story and what Lilly’s experience was. I could but I won’t.
It is simple. It boils down to one question that we will be bringing to the meeting with us.
Why after nearly nine months of Ginnie seeking answers and policy changes on her daughter’s behalf, is the entire staff of Holt High School’s 9th Grade Campus more entitled to a full explanation of the situation than Ginnie herself?
There were many, many opportunities to explain and find solutions during the school year. Why now?
Convenience? Ineptitude? Forgetfulness?
Why is the story suddenly so clear and so well recorded? How is it that suddenly there are way more adult staff members involved in the report than ever before?
This is what we intend to find out this Tuesday, August 7th at 5pm in the Administration Building of the Holt High School 9th Grade Campus. We hope to see you there.
I promise, that if I find anything I wrote in this blog to be untrue, I will update you accordingly. This is not about one principal that gave my sister in law the stink eye once. This is about the policies of one school as it relates to bullying. This is about all of you who left comments about your own personal stories and concerns.
Whether you are a parent, student, staff member or concerned community member, you have a voice in this too. We may have gotten Lilly’s story some attention but you are just as important.
On a happy note, Lilly celebrates her 15th birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday, darling!