Dear Mr. Rodgers and the Geneva 304 School Board
I am currently a senior attending Geneva High school. As much as we high-schoolers love to complain, Geneva High has provided a wonderful environment for all of us to receive education.
The teachers here genuinely care about students, and us giving the best education possible. Looking at other schools in our area, makes me realize how blessed I am to attend a school who’s faculty really does put an effort forth in making our learning environment the best it can be.
This summer I lost a friend. Josh Sweet. He was a companion of mine whom I walked to school from burgess parking lot every morning. Josh was a great human being. He was selfless and forgiving. This tragedy struck our student body very hard. Attending his funeral services broke my heart.
Seeing fellow students embracing each other sobbing made me see what affect Josh had on everyone. With my senior year starting, I was curious to see if anything would change.
If just maybe us as a grade/school stood up against bullying and suicide. It began with our football team. The way they bonded over this terrible tragedy was amazing to see. Wearing their suicide prevention t-shirts every week and always dedicating their hard work to Josh.
As time passed throughout the school year, the pain from this summer was slowly fading. This is when I believe the school should have stepped in.
Having a remembrance of Josh in our school or a possibly and assembly reflecting on his time hear. The ONLY time in this entire school year Josh was brought up was in a 1 minute announcement Mr. Rogers made at the beginning of the school year.
The fact that our school was given a perfect opportunity to stand up and finally put an end to our bullying issue and did nothing about it disgusts me. You hid behind the issue and tried making a “HERE 4 U” campaign which in my mind had no effect on students.
The bottom line is this; you have students in your very own building that are hurting. They are in pain and need someone’s help to get out of the never ending trap of bullying they are in.
Even though you feel the battle is too large to control, you have many fighters. Those “fighters” are students in GHS. Student’s like myself.
We want to put an end to bullying and suicide. What the administration is doing is clearly not working. I can see the hurt some of the kids who attend GHS go through.
Make it a number one priority. Not another slogan or t-shirt but something BIG. Instead of shushing the issue by half ditched efforts, make it the most important thing. Losing another friend and student of GHS cannot happen.
Ask the student’s what it’s going to take.
Something can be done to fix this. Face the issue Geneva 304.
Signed, Jake Andersen