I posted this last school year. Bullying is an issue that robs students of dignity and the right to an education in an environment that is safe and nurturing. I am convinced that the only way we can deal with this ever important issue is to continually talk about it with students and our school communites. I am worried that both parents and students believe that even if they bring it forward, nothing will be done about bullying.
My message to students and parents is this:
Students (we) need to be taught that we do not have to tolerate being bullied!
That if you (as a student or parent) do not get satisfaction from bringing a complaint forward, go to the next level!
Do not ignore when your friend, child, student, is feeling down about how they are being treated!
Together we can fight to see that no one is afraid to come to school and that everyone gets the respect they deserve!
Schools all deal with cases of bullying. Several high profile cases and their consequences have pushed me to try to bring more attention to the problem and to search for solutions. I challenge you, whether you be a student, parent, teacher, administrator, or interested community member to help me help our students avoid the pain and suffering that a bully can cause!