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What Every Target of Workplace Bullying Needs to Know

Teacher, Family And Friends of Family Targeted

I am a high school drama teacher. I have been teaching for 12 years (6 years at my current site). I have never had much trouble with my students, but this year has been a very stressful year.

My youngest brother is a senior and for 3 and a half years, it hasn't been much of a problem having him here. My brother wants to be an actor and so he tries hard to get the roles he's casted in, but I purposely waited for his senior to allow him to audition for major roles.

Prom was Saturday and he decided to go out for prom king, something I never thought he'd try because he never went out for anything before, not even drama club president.

During the campaign, someone made a flier that said my brother's girlfriend was pregnant and posted them at the park at the end of the corner and on the light posts that surround the school. At prom there was a flier that had my name, my brother's name and the name of his best friend posted on cars parked outside (I'm not going to post what is said, but it was highly inappropriate).

Today there is a new flier and the radius is bigger.

Someone came to my house and tagged my garage and car.

A bomb threat was called the opening of my last show.

Students whisper lies about how I interact with my drama students.

I have always loved teaching, but I'm seriously thinking about a career change.

I have 2 kids, a son and a daughter. My children want to come here to be in the theatre and music programs, but I don't know if I can allow them to be here. I don't know if I can be here.

The administration knows about these instances, but there's not much that can be done.

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Malice in Blunderland
by: Paul Drakeford

I suggest you write a play which includes all of these incidents. The outcome of the story could be that the culprits are caught and made to confess their sins and explain their motives before all is forgiven and everyone lives happily ever after. It could be called Malice in Blunderland.

Re; Teacher, Family and Friends Targeted...
by: Sarah

'Something wicked this way comes,' so the saying goes.
As I do not reside in your country I cannot be sure what your local laws are, but where I live it is considered an offence to post flyers on 'council' property, such as lamp posts, shop windows and walls etc...without first asking permission from the local authority.
As for private property I am not so sure but it is obvious someone is out for trouble.
Here we have many cameras so the culprits would very likely be identified and caught.
You could try installing outside hidden cameras around your home in case the troublemakers come back.
Apart from that it is difficult to know what to do.
I hope you eventually find a solution whatever it may be.

by: Anonymous

Go to the Police. There will be fingerprints on the fliers and that should send a message to the bullies. It is inappropriate and you should not tolerate it. Have them prosecuted.
You can also consider suing them in a civil claim for defamation.
If you have a Union, seek help from them.
It is extremely unpleasant to be the target of such people but you have to stand up to them. Doing nothing is not working, so you have nothing to lose.
Another alternative is find a job at another school. But you should not have to do this.
Hope it all works out for you.

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