Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
~Ephesians 6:10-11 NIV~
So, I’m all fired up today! I’ve been spinning my wheels and I finally have decided that it is just time to start calling people out. You know, I just posted on Facebook about the parents that are coming to pick up their children at my school and how their language is often just inappopriate for where they are. Granted, in most cases, it wouldn’t matter where they were, they should clean it up a bit. Now, I’m no angel in terms of some of the things I’ve been known to say, but about 98% of the time, I am trying my best to keep my mouth in check. Vulgarity, harsh profanity and all that has no place on the grounds of an elementary school. There is no wonder that the children don’t see a need to show respect for their elders, many of their elders certainly aren’t being respectful of themselves or anyone around them. Short of arming some church ladies with bars of soap and assembling a full-scale attack on the playground, what do we do?
I’m thinking that it would be so cool if a bunch of us parents would get together and act as a kind of “patrol” for the school grounds at the times when kids are being picked up and dropped off. But there are really no laws against being crude unless of course, a significant number of parents were to get together and proclaim that this behavior was a nuisance. In this case, it might be possible to establish a “Zero Tolerance” policy that could be applied to individuals who are present on the school grounds. I’m no law scholar, but this is what I could come up with when I checked around. I wonder how many parents would be willing to step up and say, “I will not tolerate this behavior around my children.”
While I don’t have the solution worked out yet, I am going to start working on something right now. I’ll be posting some updates here as things progress. Hopefully, we can begin to restore a little decency outside the school buildings so that what’s happening inside in terms of all the initiatives against bullying and so forth aren’t undermined by a few people who can’t seem to understand that they have a responsibility to act like they have some sense.
“‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.”