Monday, May 2, 2016

Zach's Thank You Post



First off, I want to thank you all. People often think: Oh, my voice will not make a difference, I’m only one person.  They’re wrong.

I looked through each and every one of your posts.  Not only was it comforting to know that my parents weren’t the only ones who had my back, it was even more comforting to see that people I didn’t even know were writing supportive comments.

It’s easy to forget how much YOU matter. One person can make a difference.  As many of you are aware, Thursday night was a difficult night, but once I heard what my mom had done I immediately felt better.  Over the next few days I continued to read the comments, and it helped! I didn't feel alone.

I really appreciate all of the nice & supportive message I received,  Many of you told me to trust God.  I want to remind you all that If you are struggling, ask God to help you through it, and He will.  Even if it seems like He is not there He is.  He used all of you to help me even when I felt alone.  .   

Bullying is very hurtful.  It can make people feel many things.  People (myself included) can experience suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and depression.  These feelings are important, and should be taken seriously.  

If you, or anyone you know, are being bullied, tell an adult you trust.  My parents were very understanding, and most likely yours will be too. Also, you need to know that there's nothing wrong with you. The problem is with the bullies. Not with you.  We should all be able to be ourselves, but bullies just want us to be exactly like them. Don't lose who you are.

Thank you all for helping me through this difficult time.  

-Zach Knipper

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  1. Great advice Zach! Remember, you are NEVER alone - God is ALWAYS with you!

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  2. Zach......Never forget~ You is kind, You is smart, You is important!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H50llsHm3k

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  4. It seems my internet failed, as my previous comment regarding Zach accidentally hitting himself with the bicycle wheel, leading to his bruise, on Thursday was lost, but things like that happen at times. Whatever happened to the previous comment, I'm glad you have found solace in God through all of this Zach.

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  7. Why are you trying to change my school? There is not a bullying problem here at this school. Almost everyone gets along and at any other school there worse bullying problems.

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  8. I have seen no evidence of any bullying. Additionally, the bruise which was mentioned earlier was not as a result of bullying, but of Zach accidentally hitting himself in the face with a bicycle wheel, a fact to which I am privy. I am glad, however, that whatever situation actually did happen was resolved.

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  11. From what I have seen this year, Zach, in no way shape or form had been bullied. Most of what he considers "bullying" is people telling him to stop posting non-education things on an educational website that is used for turning in assignments and doing homework.

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  12. These are wise words, Zach. You are so right on both of these points: one person can make a difference and your feelings are incredibly important. I'm sorry for the hurt you have been experiencing but so glad the support of others is helping you through. You are loved :). Always remember that!

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  15. @Stephanie Knipper Looking back a few posts, the one that begins to detail the bullying of Zach, where it talks about gym class It was not bullying, we were playing whiffle ball with the "pinball rule" which allows a runner to be considered out if the ball is throw at him and touches him while he is off base. Also Zach is in a class that has many softball and baseball players (one of which is a pitcher on the baseball team who can throw a near 90mph pitch) may have an outlook on Zach as a easier person to get an out on. I myself am entirely against bullying, but this is a valid reason for the gym class senario. Also why don't you talk to the bullies in question about why they are so unkind to Zach. I mean the school can only do so much, the school doesn't have someone who can read minds and tell you the motives of the bully, so just a suggestion, but why wouldn't you, the mother of Zach, not have a one-on-one heart-to-heart with the bullies to try and find out why they bullied him because nothing is done without a motive. So fight the good fight, but as the U.S. judiciary system allows a testimony (or testimonies) from witnesses, friends, family members, or bystanders, get another point-of-view (which as an author you should be familiar with) on the problem. That is why I love the Kane Chronicle by Rick Riordan or the Man I the High Castle by Philip K. Dick which are books that constantly change character perspectives which allow new ideas and views on problems to be seen. Also in The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster talks about different points-of-view in a place called Point-Of-View where the character Alec Bing, who is part of a humanoid race, bu instead of growing from the ground up, his species is born floating at the height where they will be the tallest and then their legs and torso grow down as time passes allowing for the species to only have one point-of-view their whole life, the way they physically see a bucket when they are 6 is the same physical perspective when they are 35 years old. So to close, you the mother of Zach should schedule a time to talk with these bullies through the guidance counselor or the faculty and see their view on this conflict.

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    1. In my quest to find the truth I feel I must again comment. For a high school student to pitch at 90 mph is unheard of, the best in the nation peak at around 85 currently, with the average around 70. For a Freshman at CLS 90 is a dream that will never be fulfilled. If you are going to stretch the truth, at least make it believable. Get facts before you make ridiculous comments

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    4. While it is true, @AnonYmous, that boi anonymous did make a small factual error, his comment was not ridiculous. I would have to say that it's some of the best and simplest common sense I've heard yet in this entire issue of the bullying incidents.

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  17. I think another issue that must be addressed here is that Zach may not be an entirely innocent victim. He has been irritating to the point of anger multiple times, including yelling "Get in ma belly!!" while playing games on his laptop during school, even after the teacher and several students had all asked him to stop, then threatening to punch his Senior mentor in the face. That sort of conduct is not, nor should it be, tolerated at CLS.

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    1. Not only that, but he has been using an educational webpage as a place to spam memes, as mentioned in previous comments (most of which were either repeats of ones we had already seen or were not actually funny). That has gone on for several months and the students and a parent have asked him to stop for months now. The students had threatened to bring a teacher into it several times, but never did. So Zach is not as innocent as it seems based on these blog posts.

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    2. Exactly. Which is why I am worried for the future of this school if it allows a very warped, however strongly written, argument to change its already well-implemented and gracious policies.

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    3. Well, @Ryder Collins, I don't believe the school has changed any policies YET (key word being yet). And honestly, I hope they don't have to.

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    5. Covington Latin is a school which has, through its education and base characteristics been a safe haven for thousands of students, while I agree that the school cannot change based on a whim, if there is an issue it should be addressed. In this manner i do agree with Stephanie, if there is an issue, something should be done. However, even though I agree with her reasoning I do not agree with her methods. Slandering a school which has been, as I said, a safe haven in such a way as happened before, is not the way to get the reaction that she desires.

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    6. Covington Latin is a school which has, through its education and base characteristics been a safe haven for thousands of students, while I agree that the school cannot change based on a whim, if there is an issue it should be addressed. In this manner i do agree with Stephanie, if there is an issue, something should be done. However, even though I agree with her reasoning I do not agree with her methods. Slandering a school which has been, as I said, a safe haven in such a way as happened before, is not the way to get the reaction that she desires.

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