To Alice: A chap that I could consider an "adopted son" worked three years in a juvenial prison. "Why do schools and prisons permit bullys?" His answer was simple, "Bullys are part of the police system of the institution.....they are the 'shot-callers,' they provide a stability that the authorities cannot acheive."
To Chet: Your statment of school administratiion is exactly my experience....they are whores that will prostitute themselves to the elected school board....and sell out their closest colleagues. Conscience be damned. "School admininstrators have one rule above all others, which is never to admit that anything might be wrong on their watch, and to respond to any crisis with feigned ignorance. "
To bet:Most administrators have deserted their campuses to dance to the latest trend....ie. "block scheduling,"or "academies,"or"whole child," or "cooperative groupings," anything BUT the immediate needs of their immediate campus....most administrators don't listen, don't have clue, but do "have an immediate agenda" and it seldom matches to the needs of the campus....(administrators and students come and go....the custodians, secretaries, and teachers "endure multiple alien occupations" throughout their careers.)
To Joe: I MUST rephrase your statement, "Most school administrators are good people." Should read "Most school administrators are incompetant!"