August 12, 2015
We left Tucker this summer for better schools in a neighboring County. I was involved with teachers, counselors, and the PTA, and still my son had a bad experience at Tucker. I baked cookies, donated money, volunteered to sell this and serve that, and gave teacher appreciation gifts. My son maintained a high B average and hung out with other bright kids, but he was not challenged enough, and he was bullied from time to time. Once he fought the kid back. One of my son's teachers spoke up in his defense because he knew my son wasn't a trouble maker. The incident was caught on camera in the hall and after some pressing, the suspension was reduced. The teachers who care are in short supply. Some teachers are phonies who act like they care (they talk about being on the Oprah show and how they left lucrative careers to follow their love of teaching and blah, blah, blah). Those are the worst ones... avoided by students, parents, and other teachers. The principal, Dr. Cunningham, is a voice of reason. She is dedicated and determined, but lacks a strong support system. The tipping point came for us was when the disciplinarian (disc) accused my son of lying when he reported being bullied. He told me that my son would receive in-school suspension for "providing false information" about the bullying incident. This, after it had been reported twice to a counselor AND two other kids accompanied my son to report the incident. The disc insisted my son sign his notice of disciplinary action. When my son asked to read it first, the disc angrily told my son that he would "just write that you refused to sign it". The disc then called me and said in an ugly tone "the kids just don't like your son" "He's not being bullied, nobody likes him". I requested that Dr. Cunningham look into the matter. She spoke with the same children that the disc spoke with and called me within an hour to report that ALL of the children confirmed my son's story. How is that the disc couldn't get to the truth, but the principal could? My sister called the disc an "incompetent fool" . He replied with: "I'd better not catch you saying that to me in the streets". Our experience was awful. Recently, my son told me this: "at Tucker, it wasn't IF someone was going to give you a hard time, it was WHEN." I am glad my child no longer attends Tucker Middle. I will not recommend it to anyone.
- submitted by a parent