Need advise ASAP.. Thank you!

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  1. MathGuy31

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    Hi there,
    Currently, our high school department chair has been doing some bullying and harassment against me and two other of my team members I work with.. This person was promoted to department chair this year, despite many visits with concerned team members to our principal about this. Our principal suggested that me and my other teammates turn in a letter of complaint into him (the principal) which in turn, goes to the district to show our concerns about this department chair. Our principal stated that if we don't, our department chair may turn do a complaint against us. He said he recommended we turn in a grievance letter, and if things go through, this department chair could face punishment. A bit confused.
    1. I want the harassment/bullying to stop. However, I don't want to turn a letter in a face backlash or revenge.
    2. It may be good to turn in this letter of complaint so we know it's serious and action can be taken.
    2. I thought about suggesting a meeting to where we could all make peace, but I'm not sure how that will work.
    3. I've thought about pulling it through and resigning at the end of the year and trying to work somewhere else. This is quite tiring and taxing for all of us involved and hope to get a resolution before too long. I have good students and enjoy teaching but not sure what to do here.
    Any help would be appreciated!
    Thanks!!
     
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  3. Linguist92021

    Linguist92021 Phenom

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    I would definitely not quit. Don't let this person drive you away.
    What I don't understand is why can't your principal do something about this simply because you and other teachers have gone to him with valid concerns? Why does it have to be more formal?
     
  4. MathGuy31

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    I agree! It's our principal's first year and maybe this principal is going by the books. Or could it be that our admin wants real documentation so nothing can be used against the school if the person is written up/demoted/transferred? I'm wondering the same thing. I feel as though it could be taken care of by administration and a good talk with this person. But maybe there is more protocol in our district. I'm a little puzzled and confused myself why it would need to be taken this far.
     
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    Have you contacted your professional organization/union?

    That would be my first step.
     
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    Our principal stated that would be an option as well. Our union rep is a teacher that works on campus and I think may be friends with this offender. That is what I've heard and not sure I want to talk with this about this person. Maybe I should anyway though.
     
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    ... If there is one. Not all teachers have that. It seems like fewer and fewer do these days. o_O

    OP, have you put these concerns in writing? If you don't choose to file a formal complaint, I'd at least put these things in writing so you have them documented. It could be as simple as writing an email to your principal when bullying issues happen.

    Likewise, I'd try to have as much communication with the department head in written form as possible. If you have a question or you are asked to provide more information about something, email it so that you can keep the person's response and also show you've been doing your part to remain civil and to meet your job requirements.
     
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    I will do this otterpop and my principal suggested this as well. It's so nice to have help around here on this forum!
     
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    I feel for you. I really do. I can’t imagine going through that as my math department chair is awesome!
     
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    I agree! In other schools I've worked at, never a problem. This year, our new principal made the new math department lead someone who has had lots of complaints with every department in the past 3 years. Other's I have talked to are somewhat "hesitant" to put a complaint letter to this person due to the time and meetings that will take place after that complaint is put in since we are all so busy. This means meeting during prep times, after school or whenever since a union rep will have to be available. I really don't want to be the "only guy" that has the complaint. So am thinking of either contacting my old principal to ask advice, because this person knows about this department head. I am still extremely confused on what to do and I almost feel like I am a gossiper in doing such.
     

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