By Lucas Wood
"I've got other kids to deal with, don't waste my time." Those exact words were directed to a troubled, depressed student by a supposed "professionally trained" counselor of the Hazleton Area School District.
According to an anonymous student, who'd prefer to be nameless, this happened in his Eight grade at the Castle. He tells us that she even said they were only allowed to meet five times before she'd have to send him to someone outside of the school. But It's my own understanding that listening to someone vent has no number-based limit. You are not to refuse a student because they're either annoying or taking up your time. No, but instead you are to listen and help that student through whatever their problem may be. Thats the job of a school counsellor.
And the only reason I find this very easy to believe is because over the years I've heard from other students, similar situations, like this one. If this is how we're treating students outside of the four-wall classroom, it's no wonder why they do so bad academically. It's no wonder why their attendance is poor. Because when you don't feel wanted or welcomed, you being to convince yourself that it's true. That what others tell you is true.
I'm a firm believer in God, and if that offends you I'm sorry. But because of that, its my own personal belief that we weren't put on this Earth to be entertained, but to care for Earth and all else who live on it. Our mutual calling is to help each other and pass along the gift of life & happiness. We can't do this by turing down those in need. This isn't just about the school district, and in no way am I trying to rip on them. This is about a bigger picture. This is about people in general and the way some of us wrongfully conduct ourselves. It makes me sick to think that their are people who bully on other people for absolutely no valid reason at all. I speak so passionately about this, not because I've been a victim of bullying. I thank God I wasn't. But because I've been exposed to it since kindergarten when I saw other kids being picked on.
If that guidance counselor did make those comments towards that student at the Castle in Eight grade many years ago, she should know those words didn't help make his life any easier. It only caused him to feel like a nuisance to everyone around him, to the point that I must convince him he's not to me. But being that he lacks evidence to support that she did in fact make those comments, I won't judge her. Either way, it's not in my power to judge her, thats God's job. Peace be with you all.