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To the parents, community, and all others of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes. 

I am writing this letter to inform the community of the problem we have in our Ronan schools. It has come to my attention that we have eight bullies in our elementary school alone. 

Now, what I want to know is how this has gotten so out of hand. 

We, the parents, teachers, and community must come together and stop bullying. I understand that there are a lot more students that attend the Ronan schools. But, on the other hand, that is no reason to put up with bullies in our schools. 

We hear about other children committing suicide because of bullies. Also we hear, “Oh, that is not our kids. They would never hurt anyone like that.”

Do we really hear what our children are saying to us? What about what they’re not saying?

I almost didn’t hear my own child. I am lucky that I taught her to tell someone if something was happening to her. I stood up and took a stand against bullying. 

We all need to listen to our children closely. Most kids don’t tell because they are afraid. 

So if your child has changed for no apparent reason and his or her grades have gone down. If he or she is moody, and doesn’t want to go to school this may be the problem. 

So please try to find out the problem so that your child can go to school and have fun and learn like they are supposed to. It just might be that they are being bullied. 

Also, we need to find out why these kids are bullies in the first place. Are they being bullied themselves or are they are they being mistreated at home? Are they being taught this? Will they hurt themselves as well as others?

We need to help out whether they are the bullies or the bullied. 

The school needs to find some form of discipline, not just a timeout at lunch. 

In closing, I just want to say thank you for your time and be kind and patient with your children. Listen to them. 

Selena Gardipe


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