Submitted by Mike Hayduk
I attend school board meetings often. I find them to be informative and useful to understand what is going on in the school district and how that affects the community. I also find them to be quite entertaining. I listen intently and often comment on things that are going on in the district.
A day later, I reflect on what I witness at these meetings and my perceptions of what I witness are expressed visually on social media.
Apparently, there are some people who take umbrage at my renditions. As a matter of fact one person has challenged me to man up and attend this meeting and apologize.
I agree, so please accept this sincere apology.
To the students that are bullied, the target of insensitive slurs about someone’s race, ethnicity, or sexuality, I apologize.
To the parents of kids who come home from school in a state of despair because each day at school is a day of torment, I apologize.
To the community at large, who are too busy with family commitments, work schedules, or simply cannot afford to make these meetings, I apologize.
To the teachers and staff members who must endure this environment too, but feel incapable of improving the situation.
I apologize. I apologize that I didn’t attend these meetings a long time ago. That I didn’t take the time to understand what was going on and how this district and school board operated. That I didn’t express what I witnessed, I’m sorry.
Please, please accept my apology.