MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - By Barbara Mays
As a preventative initiative, I invite all parents of middle school students in the Montgomery Public Schools system to attend one of several meetings to address students who choose to fight at the end of school.
Young girls rip off one another's tops exposing their bodies publicly, they rip out one another's hair and weaves so as to humiliate, and lastly, someone foolishly posts these fights across Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, and other social media. These fights are a cry for attention and send the message, "Nobody better mess with me!" They're often the result of ongoing vendettas, socioeconomic anger issues, and lack of parental control, as studies show many parents are trying to be their children's friend instead of being a parent. These fights are not a source of pride for the community, but are a disgrace!
We are in no way inferring that these meetings will keep students from fighting but are an effort to make parents more aware and to get their buy in to more closely monitor their children's behavior and stop turning a deaf ear. If you've already had to address disciplinary problems at your child's school, we ask that you don't condone these behaviors, and be willing to acknowledge that your child's behavior may have contributed to matters getting out of hand.
Parents please join me. Let's work together to help our children understand they don't have to fight -- they can make more intelligent choices. We as parents and grandparents also make choices. Hopefully, we will all choose to make sure there are no fights amongst any MPS students as school comes to an end.
Come on Montgomery, we're better than this. After all, our childen's futures do matter!
The meetings are scheduled for:
- Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. Cleveland Avenue YMCA
- Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at Goodwyn Community Center.
Barbara Mays is associated with The JumpSTART Group, Inc.