Katie Couric’s “Katie” show on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 with guests Katie Uffens, Giselle Uffens, Bernice Kropp, and Whitney Kropp, was not just about “Bullying: A National Epidemic” but also about the power and importance of a father’s words; a power that every child needs in his or her life.
Even though Daniel Aguirre, Nick Aguirre’s father, was not present on Tuesday’s “Katie” show, Mr. Aguirre had provided ABC with a statement that Katie Couric not only read aloud during the show but also showed on screen for the audience to see.
After listening to Katie Uffens’ and her mother Giselle’s account of Katie’s bullying experience, Katie Couric told her audience during the second part of the “Katie” show that “We should point out that no charges were filed against those two boys and we’ve received a statement from Nick’s father, Daniel, and the statement says,”
[she put on her reading glasses and read Daniel Aguirre’s statement to the audience]
“There’s no Kill Katie Klub. There never was a Kill Katie Klub, there are no members, no one is recruiting anybody. Katie and Giselle have spun this into a big media campaign. There have been police investigations, the school has investigated. Nick was arrested for allegedly making a few phone calls. There haven’t been any charges brought forth upon him.”
Under the statement it said,
(Nick Aguirre’s Father)
After reading Daniel Aguirre’s words to the audience, Katie Couric asked Giselle Uffens, “What’s your reaction to that, Giselle?” and Giselle Uffens answered, “We wouldn’t have come forward. This has gone on for 7 months. It wasn’t a one accusation. We have evidence that this has happened. She didn’t make it up. She has not lied.”
Following Giselle Uffens’ affirmative words about her daughter’s bullying by 16-year-old Nick Aguirre, Katie Couric introduced Dan Abrams, a legal analyst for ABC who has followed this story closely. Katie Couric asked Dan Abrams, “Dan, were you surprised that the authorities took the boys out of school in handcuffs?”
Dan Abrams answered,
“They certainly didn’t need to. I mean, most misdemeanors, you don’t take someone away in cuffs. So, clearly, what they were trying to do here was send a message. They were trying to send a message to the community that says, hey, we’re taking this really seriously. This is not just something we’re going to dismiss. And that’s why, when you hear the young boy [Nick Aguirre] talk about how everyone saw him. That’s exactly, it seems to me, what the authorities wanted to happen.”
Shouldn’t a child’s first authority be his or her mother and father and shouldn’t that authority be the one who sends a message about a child to the community?
Daniel Aguirre’s statement in regard to his son’s bullying did exactly that. He stepped up as his son’s authority and sent a clear message to the community. This is why his words were so powerful and important, and hopefully set an example for other fathers.
No child should ever be led away in handcuffs in front of a school in order to send a message to other students. The education of children in a school environment should occur by using knowledge in the classroom, not by using handcuffs in front of classrooms.
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