Parents vs. school principal: The case of Susan Reed

When I was in in the third grade, there was a parent who complained that I didn’t deserve the “First Honor” title. According to her, it was her son who should be the First Honor. It’s not the grades. My grades and her son’s side by side, no contest — his grades weren’t better than mine. In fact, his grades were only good enough for the Third Honors. But, according to the parent, my grades in Conduct weren’t good enough (HAHAHAHAHAHA screw her!) so I shouldn’t be an honor student at all. It was a Catholic school and Conduct was a big deal. So, it should be as it was the previous year when her son at the top. The thing is, during the previous year, the teacher-in-charge was also the private tutor of her son. I mean, is that a no-brainer or what?

If the school principal and the third grade teacher-in-charge had allowed themselves to be bullied by that mother, what would have happened to me? The way things turned out, I retained the top spot during the following years and, halfway through my fifth grade, I was promoted to the sixth grade. I graduated a year ahead of that woman’s snotty son, at 11 years old, and with Third Honors despite having spent only half a year in the sixth grade. When I passed them during the recessional at the graduation rites, I smiled as sweetly as I could. They didn’t even congratulate me.

I didn’t mention that to brag. I mentioned it in the hope that the boy and his mother read this blog and remind them of how they tried to ruin me, my future and my self-esteem. Kidding. But it’s no joke when I say that I learned about assholes and bitches much too early in life.

I mentioned it to contextualize the rest of the entry and because it was the first thing that came to mind when I read about an interesting case in Ontario, Canada about a father who started an online petition against the principal of the elementary school that his kid attends. Although there is one specific allegation that, unless properly justified by the principal, can be made out as irresponsible and constitutes abuse of authority, some of the complaints remind me of the mother of my snotty grade school classmate. You can read the allegations and judge for yourself whether they are in fact actionable or whether the acts complained of are within the discretion of the principal by virtue of her authority.

Finished reading the allegations? Okay.


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