Sometimes, as adults, we forget how hard it is to stand up and do what we feel is right. Unfortunately, I was reminded of this when a petition circled around my school to fire the principal. The reasons stated in the accompanying letter weren’t enough to detract from my personal experiences with her. (Last year we transferred to this school and so did the kid who was bullying my daughter. The principal at the old school dismissed the heinous behavior as girls being girls, but the new principal handled the situation effectively. I’m glad to say that this has been an excellent year for my daughter.) However, the women responsible for the petition have being “sharing” their feelings with a large group of women that I hang out with. So far, women who’ve also had good experiences are signing this petition due to peer pressure. Last night, I received another petition to keep the principal. The form was blank. There were 2 options; sign it anonymously or allow your signature to be seen. There were no signatures on it and I knew that if I signed it with my name all of the women would see my name at the very top. In the very first slot. There was no hiding. I hesitated for a moment and debated whether I should sign it anonymously or not. In the end, I decided that I needed to do the right thing and allow the community (and the group of women) to see that I stand by the principal.
It was a very lonely moment.
Now, I’m waiting to see if there will be any social fallout. Hopefully, we can all be adults and respect each others decisions. We’ll see and of course I’ll keep you updated.