I dealt w/ bullying through out my childhood. Hurtful words, catty comments, & physical attacks. Because of this I dealt w/ depression, & spent many nights crying myself to sleep. Even to this day I fight against low self esteem, little confidence, & very little self worth.
Last Sat. I read a story in the newspaper about a boy named Parti Holland II who had also dealt w/ bullying for years, and had taken his own life on the day when he should have been celebrating his 14th birthday. This story broke my heart! He was described as a 'gentle giant'. Easygoing, happy-go-lucky, & an all around good kid.
I feel that kids need to be taught that there are true lasting consequences to their words & actions. I doubt that many of the kids will feel even partially to blame for this poor boy's pain & misery that led him to believe that ending his own life was the only way to excape.
There needs to be mediation & intervention programs set up. Teachers, staff, & students need to realize that their silence, or looking the other way, only adds to the problem.
My question is, are there anti-bullying laws in place to punish these kids who choose to bully other kids? What kind of punishments/ programs should be dealt out to these kids to put a stop to the bullying & encourage kids to find other ways to deal w/ problems w/ other kids?
They should have to do some sort of work in a place were they are observed and have to be nice.
Answer by louise2 at 4:09 PM on Apr. 1, 2013
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Answer by josiesmommy00 at 4:12 PM on Apr. 1, 2013
I don't know what additional measures can or should be taken. I think before anything additional is proposed that bully laws and policies should be enforced with the negative consequences being a burden only for the bully. Too many times these policies give too much leeway for the punishment to be shared with the victim and that isn't right. For instance a kid being bullied being allowed to eat in the library instead of the lunchroom, or to leave class a couple minutes early so as to reduce on their shared time in the hallway during class changes. These allowances, while help reduce exposure, make the victim sometimes feel isolated and that just makes them the victim all over again.
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