Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 28, 2012

Letter to the editor - Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

School custodians care for children, too

I can’t help but wonder why we custodians and personnel who are charged with keeping our public schools sanitary and mechanically operational get no or very little consideration for having a certain love and regard for the children we are responsible for.

I’m thinking of the custodian who ran through corridors of that school in Connecticut, warning of the danger that existed.

I spent 30 years as custodian and maintenance person, not because that department was such an advantageous place to be employed. My love and care for all children who needed me kept me there.

What makes our parents think principals and teachers are the ones who care the most for the kids? I cried, as did hundreds of other people, when those little people were taken from us by a person who had no business being in the presence of those children in the first place.

When I saw a person in one of my buildings I didn’t recognize, I made it my business to take or send the person or persons to the principal or person of some authority.

I want people to know we janitors, custodians and maintenance people are just as important to the population of a school building as teachers.

Malcolm F. Bender, Kokomo