I work at a public school that recently hired a new principal. There have been many retirements this year and the principal has been shaming the older staff.
One senior teacher came to me crying today as she was told, not during a performance review, but just in a regular meeting, that the entirety of her work this year was "useless", that she had brought nothing of value to the meetings all year, etc. She has exactly two more months to retire, if she returns after the vacation. This is not the first teacher to get these kind of comments, but the first to tell me first-hand what she was told.
I can see that some of the older staff are tired and not putting in a good effort, but that is only true of most.
Two staff have resigned when they could have stayed on just three more months to receive full retirement benefits, because their family members saw the situation was putting so much stress on them. They don't want to attend their retirement parties. The principal won't even say hello to them.
I simply do not think this kind of behavior is acceptable and cannot understand how a person can treat these retirees like this, given they will be retired in no time, and they did a difficult job for much of their life. What can I do about it?