Right before our Christmas Sabbatical, a LYS reader sent in a question concerning anonymous letter. The responses started immediately, but there wasn’t enough time to truly engage in the conversation, so I postponed it. So without further ado, here is the reboot.

An LYS reader asks the following:

“Mr. Cain,

Recently our campus has been hit by a rash of anonymous letters. I know that we are on the right track, but it obvious that my principal is concerned. Any advice?”

SC Response:
Instead of my answer, I passed this question to the person who taught me how to deal with the type of trash that you asked about.

Brezina Answers:
Bosses handle anonymous letters is a number of different ways, from ignoring them (the correct way) to reacting like subject of the letter is the guilty party (the wrong way).

I throw them in the garbage because that is what the letters are; unless I keep them as evidence against the letter writer. Anonymous letters are the biggest waste of time and money that I know of and so do the people that are sending them (their goal is to stop progress, without having a legitimate reason). There is just one caveat. If the complaint alleges a criminal act, then a cursory review by a supervisor should be conducted.

Anonymous letters shouldn’t be a problem for your principal, unless your district handles it wrong.


I’m interested in the advice of E. Don Brown and LYS Nation.

Think. Work. Achieve.

Your turn…