Alicia Hobson’s 11-year-old daughter, Azlyn, was counting down the days until the Valentine’s Day dance at her Utah middle school.
That afternoon, when Azlyn got home, she had an “emotional explosion” in the kitchen, while recounting how a boy who makes her uncomfortable had asked her to dance.
“She politely said, ‘No thank you,’” Hobson revealed. The problem? At Rich Middle School in Laketown, Utah, it’s against the rules to say “no,” and principal Kip Motta allegedly intervened when he heard Azlyn decline the invitation at the dance.
“He said something like, ‘No, no. You kids go out and dance,’” Hobson revealed. “He basically shooed Azlyn and the boy off onto the dance floor.”
We do ask all students to dance. It is the nice thing to do and this will continue to be our policy,” Motta wrote on Feb. 15. “There have been similar situations in the past where some students have felt uncomfortable with others, and, as stated prior, the issues were discreetly handled. This allowed all students to feel welcome, comfortable, safe, and included.”
How can the school be so stupid, this girl did not feel safe or comfortable.
A girl needs to know that she has the right to say no to anybody that she feels she is not comfortable with. This discretion she will take in to her adult life and may save her from harm.
What the school is worried about is children being told no and their feelings being hurt. Children need to learn and handle rejection.
Not everyone is going to like you or have the feelings for you that you have for them. Even as an adult it is a rough to be rejected, but it is life and as soon as you realize that this is part of life and that it does not make you any less of a person you will be better equipped to handle it.
We will discuss this and much more on Davin’s Den this Tuesday the 17th . from 6:30 to 9:30 pm Est.
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