Belated Occupy Blogosphere 12

For the first time in twelve weeks, I missed the deadline for Occupy Blogosphere Thursday. I had half-written a post and intended to finish it when The Artist and I returned from school. But something disturbing happened there and our evening was taken up with analysing it and deciding what to do.

Around five o’clock each evening, when most of the staff and pupils have left, a group of youths and teenage girls creep back to an enclosed grass area, outside the classrooms that we clean. They scramble up onto the long flat roof; where they vandalise computer network cabling and smash skylights, threatening to throw lighted cigarettes into the corridor below. If they catch us looking through a window they shout insults, make rude gestures and yank their tracksuit bottoms down to ‘moon’ us. Then yell that we are ‘looking at them funny.’ It’s not funny.

They weren’t quite so keen on winter nights, but now the days are getting longer they’re back in force – daring each other to climb higher, shin down drainpipes, leap into mid-air. I try my hardest not to – but I foresee disaster.

We’ve reported this many times and been told that, as nothing can be done we should ignore them. Last evening we mentioned it to a teacher – who peered through the blinds, told us that they had damaged his car twice already; that one lad, in particular, was a nasty piece of work, that he was very sorry, but he there was no way he was going to approach them. And he strongly advised that we should avoid them too.

My man and I were spooked enough to argue about it on the way home – and, these days, that rarely happens. It’s not on. We sat and talked it through and have a plan. Given that the people we’ve already reported our concerns to seem powerless, we intend to take it further – as far as needs be, to get something done. And we’ve already told our supervisor that we’ll work anywhere but in that area – not because we’re intimidated but to re-in force how seriously this matter has become and how determined we are to carry our complaint through.

We shouldn’t have to do this – we have a right to work in safety, our employers have a duty to ensure that. But the Education System – particularly in this school – is currently in chaos. As is every other community service – health, police, housing, welfare etc.

This has to be resolved – but it will never be, as long as we continue to accept the current situation. We’re not accepting it.

I’ll let you know how we get on.


15 thoughts on “Belated Occupy Blogosphere 12

  1. This is indeed an appalling situation. I cannot believe that nothing can be done. Is vandalism not a crime? Knowing where is is likely to happen are the police powerless to do anything? What about threatening behaviour – should that pass unchallenged? Hope your blog shames the authorities into acting.

    1. Thanks for the support, Jan. I’m not sure that senior management (who were made aware last year,) have even reported it to the police – although, as you point out, it would be very simple to catch the culprits. They just aren’t taking us, or our supervisor seriously and our working life has been made a misery. Enough!

  2. White Rabbit … you are right, you surely have a right to work in a safe atmosphere. There is quite a bit wrong within the context of what you said, meaning that numerous things are going on that are wrong. I am sorry about these things and that no one currently appears to care. At all. There is so much of that going one across the world. I believe that much of it is directly related to the economic down turn and the resulting hopelessness and despair.

    1. The whole think is whacky and we’ve felt hopeless for a while – but we hit the bottom line on Thursday and the only way is up! We’ve removed ourselves from the politics, stated our case clearly and made those ‘in charge’ aware. It’s a tiny victory but knowing we have your support has made us feel better already.

  3. It’s awful for you Jacqueline. Those were the days when we got a good belt, and were too scared to be naughty. Though we were, not in that way though. Hope it works out for you.

  4. I just did a bullying workshop in our town and it is one of the most difficult situations to deal with. It was amazing to see the minute that our group started to talk about bullies and conflict resolution, no one had anything to say. It sure is sad today to see how these harmful behaviors can back human beings into a corner no matter how old the people being bullied are. I am happy to read your article and know that somewhere, someone is taking a stand against these behaviors. If the behaviors are dealt with when they are children or young adults they may not end up in a prison system. Good luck and please know you have my support from Saskatchewan, Canada! Peace, love, light and blessings! “White Eagle”

  5. Thank you, White Eagle, your support is very important to me. And yes, we have made our stand and our life is a whole lot better. We’ve learned so much from this episode, that I’m planning my next blog around the outcome.

  6. Good for you for standing up for yourselves! What a terrible thing that you have to take a stand in the first place. đŸ˜¡ Sounds like those kids need a good arse-warming, if you ask me. Have you considered taking pictures of them in the act to hand in to the police so that they may be readily identified? I don’t condone hurting the kids, but how about greasing the drainpipes or smearing jam, oil, flypaper strips or something else on the roof to dissuade them from being in those areas? I bet if they start ruining their clothes in their antics, it might at least make them think twice…? Good luck and I hope you get it resolved soon!

    1. I love your alternative anti-vandalism suggestions, Corina! LOL. You’re probably serious – but we can’t even use proper anti-graffiti paint, in case it ruins their clothes and the parents sue the school(?). Taking photos of kids is a big ‘no-no’ here. The kids are already insinuating that we’re watching them in a perverted way, even though they’re being provocative.The school won’t call the police anyway – I’ve written about the outcome in this weeks Occupy Blogosphere. Thanks for your common-sense support!

  7. Well done to you and your colleagues, what an appalling situation. So, it would seem that the authorities have given up and the vandals win. This world has gone crazy.

  8. Seems like a great plan, Nancy – but the department manager isn’t convinced that it will work. I’m not sure he’s even approached them, for some crazy reason – the community police are frequently in evidence on campus! I’ve written about the outcome in this weeks Occupy Blogosphere post – the last few weeks have been intense!

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