Thursday, February 2, 2012
The Story Continues.....
I return to my story, dear “Way-Above-Me-Boss",
and to your request that I meet with my abusive school leader.
8:33 pm est
“I’m sorry for the misunderstanding”,
he might have said at that meeting. You would have been there, “Bigger-Than- Both- Of- Us- Boss.” We would probably all have
been dressed up: suits and ties for you and for him; an "I hardly ever wear dresses" dress for me.
We would probably have been seated at the conference table. You would have asked me, “Ms. Werner, do you accept his apology?”
I might then have looked him in the eye. I would have seen there his hatred of
me; his eagerness for you to leave.......for me to be “his” again.
I might then have looked you in the eye. I might have seen there sympathy for my
plight; understanding and.....helplessness.
“Ms. Werner,” your eyes might have spoken,
for I believe you to be a good man in spite of our district's muck.... “This is just the way things are.
Protocol you know....”
the inside I might have screamed “NOOOOO!!!!!” On the outside I might have widened my eyes
and looked at you: one more silent plea.....and very slowly nodded my head.
Would you have sighed as you rose to leave? Shaken my hand—squeezed it
tightly-- as you left me there—the lion’s prey? The lion is always hungry, “Way-Above-Me-Boss.”
When will you and your “Bigger-Than-You-Boss" do right, true and courageous
Because knowing of and allowing his violence—yes violence, I have read our workplace violence
policy—and abuse is surely not the right thing.
P.S. A note to my treasured
Know that this was written a while back. I will continue the story at your request.
I am just returned from Bellingham Washington and The Workplace Bullying Institute's University training! I
have much to share. There is much work to be done.
Click here for my district's bullying and harassment policy. You will see I have made comments....