No PTA is without a little drama now and then, but what do you do when it gets downright juvenile and nasty?
Flying Solo with Two Carry-ons: My children's grammar school recently experienced such behavior and made me question just who the grown-ups were.
A faction of former board members were unhappy with the current president and a few certain unresolved issues, so they decided to have a rather lively debate at the first meeting of the year. What should have been a pep rally for new parents about plans for the new school year turned into an episode of the "Jerry Springer" show, with name-calling, accusations, and all-around bad behavior. Then came the distribution of flyers at pick-up, anonymous e-mails to the entire school, and Facebook tauntings of how and why we should overthrow (or force a step-down of) the current regime. It was embarrassing behavior reminiscent of junior high.
Off-campus meetings took place and elections were held for a new cabinet. What kind of example were they setting for their kids? That bullying and bad-mouthing is the way to settle a dispute?
Things have since settled, but the bad taste remains. And who really wants to help and work alongside the Cheerios who rule the school for fear of similar repercussions?
Do we (the other parents) play nicely for the kids' sake?