Letter to the Editor
To the editor:
After years of hard work and extensive efforts to promote all the good that a little community school has to offer, High Point Elementary School last week was slapped with bad press. Many have probably heard or read either locally or nationally about an incident on one of the High Point buses. The incident was greatly blown up by the media. Unfortunately it was an irresponsible act by the media to not thoroughly investigate the situation before going live. The two children involved are good friends who play together regularly; it’s unclear as to whether a pencil or any other object was involved. One child, who had surgery during the summer, was pushed and taken to the doctor by her parents as a precaution.
As parents who have children at High Point now and in the past, it disgusts us to have such awful exaggerations put out to the public. High Point is a great school with great and caring individuals that work there. Children are being challenged each and every day to reach their personal potential and then extend beyond. We have a new school in our cluster that took away overcrowding conditions, a new field where an exercise area is being added in a few weeks, a dynamite principal, fantastic and talented teachers and staff. Yet all this great news can be taken away so easily in a matter of hours by embellishing an incident to make it sound more exciting. While we have world events with countries near or at war and the fabulous Olympics in session, our little community school gets to be the highlight locally and nationally with dubious headlines.
The good news out of this story is the way that the administration at High Point handled all of this. The principal immediately began to investigate the facts. There is a strict “no tolerance” policy for misconduct at High Point. The county had school officials as well as Fulton County school police come in to investigate. The PTA was called in to participate and witness what was happening. The bus driver, a veteran with Fulton County, followed protocol. The little girl involved was back at school the next day. The little boy involved did remain home as requested by High Point. Parents came to school and met with everyone necessary. The facts were gathered, police and bus reports reviewed and business continued at the school the rest of the week as normal despite awful distractions created by negligent reporting.
As parents, we hope that our children will grow up to do a more responsible job of researching and reporting the facts so that people are well-informed with the truth!
Ilsa Jackson and Karen Jenkins
High Point Elementary