by Grand Forks Herald
September 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm in Grand Forks Herald
A year ago, Grand Forks middle school students were given orange wristbands to remind them to stop and think twice before sending a hurtful message. Continue Reading
Tags: bullies, bully, Grand Forks, Schools, updates 5 Comments »
Another propaganda campaign that will do almost nothing useful, but at least it’ll distract students from their studies.
When bullies are required to explain their actions to a judge; and receive actual punishment…I’ll believe things have changed.
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Shurkey, I think the idea is to stop the behavior before it become so egregious it requires legal intervention and subsequent punishment.
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Policies are only as good as those enforcing them. I really hope things have changed since I was in school, where not only did you have to worry about students who were bullies but some teachers as well. I would like to think that in this day and age we have advanced past this, but when I see the decline in education I really have to wonder.
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If the school district WANTED to eliminate bullying, they could have done it a hundred years ago. They didn’t…and they won’t…because they DON’T SEE ASSAULT AS A CRIME, and they tend to protect the bully because they’re scared to death they might offend or traumatize him/her.
The school system’s insistence on keeping the problem INTERNAL is the reason why they’ll never accomplish the goal. The same positions–and in some cases the same PEOPLE, are exactly who’s been ignoring the problem all along.
As long as it stays internal to the school system…nothing will change.
Bullying is ASSAULT. CALL 911, get the police involved. Take it OUT OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM’S HANDS–and therefore out of the school system’s ability to whitewash and ignore it, out of their ability to protect the perpetrator rather than protect the victim.
Don’t forget to SUE THE PARENTS of the bully for real and punitive damages. This is, in the end, THEIR FAULT for lousy parenting.
As long as you leave it up to the school system, count on the problem continuing to the next generation. And the one after that…and the one after that…
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The way to neutralize a bully is a punch to his nose. Of course, mommy and daddy would sue on behalf of their little sociopath.
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