Letters to the Editor
March 14, 2024

To the Editor & Dear Fillmore Community Members:

I'm writing to express my deep concern about the recent rise in bullying incidents at Fillmore Middle School, our community's only middle school. We all cherish Fillmore's vibrant atmosphere and strong sense of community, and ensuring the safety and well-being of our children is a top priority.

Unfortunately, the current situation at Fillmore Middle School paints a troubling picture. The lack of perceived accountability for bullying and the reported instances of victims being reprimanded for defending themselves are deeply concerning. This approach not only fails to address the core issue but also places a significant burden on the victims, forcing them to disrupt their education and routines for their personal safety.

Therefore, I urge the school district to take immediate and decisive action to address this critical problem. We need to see:

Increased accountability: Clear and consistent disciplinary measures for perpetrators, coupled with proactive steps to prevent future incidents.
Enhanced support for victims: Implementing comprehensive support systems to ensure the well-being of students who have been targeted.

Increased resources: Dedicating additional resources, including staff, to effectively monitor student interactions during unstructured times like lunch, passing periods, and after school activities.
This issue requires the collective voice of our community. I believe that by working together, we can hold the school district accountable for creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students at Fillmore Middle School. I encourage everyone to join me in advocating for our children and demanding the necessary changes to ensure their safety and well-being.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Concerned Parents