My worst parent - The biggest bully of all

14th August 2009 at 01:00

There can be only one worst parent for me. He had been a pain since his son started at our school. Nothing was good enough, dealt with well enough or just enough.

His son was never picked to represent the school, his son was being bullied by several other children and he was never asked to help out on school trips. He would often march in after school, all 6ft 2in of him, and demand to be seen. Then I would have to listen to a litany of our faults.

During one such meeting, where the majority of our leadership team was in attendance, I felt I should maybe redress the balance a little and put him straight on at least one complaint.

I explained that I could do nothing about the trips that had taken place in years past, however, we had only been on two trips so far that year and he and his wife had joined us on one of them.

He became angry and said that his child had been neglected on that trip and had been in obvious distress during our visit and I had done nothing to help him. More than that, he had video evidence of my incompetence that he had taken on his phone. Eventually one of my colleagues asked him to stop shouting at me.

Unfortunately I was not quick enough to counter his anger. I was seething that he had called my professionalism into question. The more I thought about the exchange, the more I realised what an idiot he was.

Not only was I stuck to his son like glue the entire trip, he preferred to video his son in "distress" than help him. Not long after that meeting he removed his son from our school due to an ongoing bullying issue. A sigh of relief was heard in the staffroom as we knew the real bully had left.

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