The recent article about the father being charged with a hate crime (“Monroe father charged with hate crimea t high school,” Jan 6, The Herald) has pinpointed the racist problem in local schools at its root.
If racism and bigotry is practiced, tolerated, or worse yet, ignored within the home by the parents, it just sets the wheels in motion for the son or daughter to practice those actions in public and or at school. Parents should look inward toward their own homes and what prejudices are tolerated there and put a stop to them right then and there before attending school board meetings and demanding changes to the way schools handle racism and bigotry. Children had to have learned those behaviors are cool somewhere, whether from friends, the internet, or possibly even family members, but it’s still up to the parents to make it known that that attitude is wrong and not going to be tolerated. Educators can make a great impact on students, but ultimately parents still have far greater impact on their lives.
If your child robs the neighbor’s house, are you going to march over to the neighbor and demand they install better door locks, or are you going to confront your child and make it known that this will not happen again, ever? Stop the problem before it takes root.