“What is violence? In the first place, we think of weapons, knife, killing, and so on. We never think of connecting violence with our tongues. The first violence that came into the world was “a lie.” The devil told a lie to Eve- and with that one lie the whole generation of mankind became sinful. What was that lie? ‘If you eat of this fruit, you will become like God.”
This excerpt is taken from the writings of Mother Teresa, Where There is Love, There is God, compiled and edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C. I came upon this as I was browsing my book and recalled conversations I had with several people about the migrants that are coming and passing through Uvalde. In the midst of this situation, I have been greatly encouraged in the belief of the goodness of people when I saw that many of our churches were doing whatever they could to help them. But, as there always will be, there were also those people who took advantage of the situation to express false comments about our leaders. One particular comment disturbed me, so I went to City Hall to ask for a transcript of the meeting. The young lady at City Hall listened to the conversation and let me know exactly what had been said. And, just as I believed, this leader of our schools had gone so far as to express his concern for our students when asked if the dual language classes would increase in size should some of the migrants stay in Uvalde. He commented that he would ask for the hiring of more teachers if needed should we ever “cross that bridge.” Apparently, the lady inquiring about this situation was concerned that her child’s classes would increase in number and thus affect the learning of her child, who is in a dual language class at Dalton. According to the young lady at City Hall, everything that our Superintendent of Schools had expressed was positive in nature.
When I hear lies, I am greatly disturbed, especially when the lies are told in such a way as to harm the reputation of an individual. Dr. Ball also comes to mind, as I grew to know her and knew that her heart and mind were in making our schools better for our children. And now that we have a new superintendent, he seems to suffer the same fate. If anyone is familiar with Dr. Hal Harrell, they know that he did not take this job for any other reasons than to do his best to make our schools engaging, challenging, and places where our children would thrive. If we have an F rating, we need to take a hard look at our households and see how we can help our children by providing them with safe spaces to do homework. We need to also remember that actions speak much louder than words. What are we doing to help our schools, our teachers, our superintendent?