Over a half century ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
As many of you wake up this morning, have your coffee, check schedules, send the kids off to school and maybe head for a walk along the beautiful shorelines of our town, please remember that there are great injustices in this beautiful community. In 2019 there are children who go to school in Larchmont-Mamaroneck in fear of bullying, harassment, racial taunts and in some cases physical violence. There are some parents who have been threatened, dismissed, ridiculed by administrators when they have asked to have their children protected from harm.
For those who think, “My children are not affected”, please know that the types of injustices left unchecked in our school district will indeed affect us all if we continue on this path. The bullied will feel more and more isolated, unwanted, abandoned by the school system meant to nurture and protect them. The bystanders will become more callous to the feelings of the “others” who are bullied. After all, if these actions were wrong, the adults would surely step in? The bully, will continue to display disregard for the humanity of others, as the adults surrounding him/her at school do not intervene to show him/her that bullying will not be tolerated. Parents having no other means to protect their children at school will increasingly have to turn to government agencies to intervene.
While campaigning for the past three weeks, I have met some of the most amazing people. From those who have volunteered their time to help me with my campaign, to residents with whom I’ve shared a chat on the streets. Most people in this town are good people who want to raise good human beings. It is not enough to say “it hasn’t happened to my child” or that “the administrators have been so nice” to you, when you complain. The reality is that not everyone in our school community is being treated with dignity and respect. There was great outrage when David Martin came forward about how his family was treated after they complained that his daughter had been called the N-word at school. The current Board of Education members decided to not take a strong stand because they speculated that public outrage would die down. The status quo relies on apathy. Of good people doing nothing. Bullying in our schools is an urgent issue that we must address as a community.
I care about many other issues that affect our district and if elected to the Board will work to advance initiatives that will strengthen our education system. But ensuring all our children have a safe learning environment is a fundamental principle of pedagogy and the law. Today (May 21), you have an opportunity to let the current Board know that bullying and injustice will not be tolerated in Larchmont-Mamaroneck schools. A vote for me is a vote for Transparency, Accountability and Equity. Please join me in making a stand against bullying and injustice in our school district. Today at your local elementary school please vote for me, candidate #4, Tania Thomas. Thank you.