So… let’s consider yelling.

Mar 30, 2023 | 3 comments

Second Grade, Southgate School 1962 When School Was A Kinder, Gentler Place

I don’t know about you, but I never cease to be amazed by what I read in the newspaper.  Now don’t get me wrong!  I think the Police Blotter and the Jail Bookings and the Superior Court News are THE BEST.  I turn to that page first.  But it’s a news story now and then that takes me by surprise.

In yesterday’s paper, for instance, in the front page article by Brandon Cline on potential OBSD staff cuts …  But wait.  I should say, first, that Police Blotter notwithstanding, I read yesterday’s school district news before anything else. My curiosity and eagerness were somewhat prompted by the fact that I was among a group who were also given a”lay-off notices” back in the early eighties when I had been teaching here for only five or six years.  As it turned out, most of us were “re-hired” before the summer was over, but it was a scary time.

So I read the article eagerly, hoping that there would be some clue as to what might transpire before the ’23-’24 school year begins.  But I came to a screeching halt halfway through as I read this sentence — part of a quote by District Superintendent Amy Huntley:  “…We were already losing people, because we weren’t competitive and they could make more somewhere else and not get yelled at.  Because in a lot of our positions, they get yelled at.”  

Say what?  Why would ANYone in the employ of our school district get yelled at?  And by whom? And why was the Superintendent talking about it instead of stopping it?  I don’t know about you, but I do not find “yelling at” employees an acceptable behavior in any work place and maybe most especially not in the schools.  But there was no further mention of the yelling.  No explanation.

Oysterville Schoolhouse  1907-1957

I hope Ms. Huntley’s remarks were taken completely out of context — a context in which they might make sense to the reading public as well as to this old retired teacher of thirty-nine years classroom experience.  And speaking of not being  in the classroom anymore — maybe those who are being laid off are well out of it.  But what a sad commentary on our school system and on our communities…  Unless I’m missing something here.  If there is a “rest of the story” which puts a better spin on things, I do hope someone will weigh in.



  1. Larry Parsons

    I was stunned by that statement when I read the article. It has bothered me ever since.

  2. Keli Vasquez

    The comment definitely stuck with me. It was odd and could certainly use some clarification.

  3. Skyler

    I think the yelling was parents yelling at teachers because the parents disagreed with what was being taught, also parents yelling at teachers when students were required to wear masks.


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