During the drama associated with the Senate confirmation (or not) of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, I’m reminded of how unfairly hard it can be to speak up for oneself.
Despite the sincerity and bravery associated with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the alleged sexual assault she sustained at the hands of Judge Kavanaugh some 36 years ago, a lot of people have felt motivated to heap criticism upon Dr. Ford’s testimony and continue to support Judge Kavanaugh, no matter what he has done.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said that he believes the testimony Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, but he isn’t convinced that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was the person who committed the assault, even though she testified of being 100% sure. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah had this to say: “I don’t think she’s uncredible. I think she’s an attractive, good witness.” Of course, President Trump couldn’t resist putting in his two cents either, mocking Dr. Ford by saying, “How did you get home? I don’t remember. How’d you get there? I don’t remember. Where is the place? I don’t remember. How many years ago was it? I don’t know.”
It’s no wonder that in the midst of this national spectacle, it’s hard for little people to speak up too. My 6-year-old grandson has been targeted by his class bully for several weeks now. According to my GS, his teacher, other teachers, fellow students, and the parents of fellow students, he (and others) have been hit, chocked, knocked down, punched, and chased around the playground by this explosive child.
A couple of days ago, I finally decided enough is enough and I called the principal. While sounding extremely sympathetic and assuring me that he was doing everything possible to get the situation under control, he also made the following comments:
“Decisions regarding matters like this are not made only by one person.”
“We’re trying to use positive reinforcement to encourage him to make better choices.”
“Every child has the right to an education, even those who can sometimes be disruptive to the other students.”
“There’s a lot of red tape behind taking action on something like this.”
“I’ve heard [from the bully and his mother] that your GS has called this child ‘mean and rude,’ which has upset him and instigated the outbursts.”
In other words: THE BULLY IS REALLY THE VICTIM. NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE, AT LEAST UNTIL SOMEONE REALLY GETS HURT.
Sound familiar? Unfortunately, based on what I’ve seen happen in the past couple of days (and years), I have little doubt that in the near future, Brett Kavanaugh will be sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court, and this bully will still be in my GS’s first grade class, free to do what he wants at the expense of others.
But being the optimistic Nana that I am, I really hope I’m wrong.