In the last 3 years,our district has 2 children commit suicide due to bullying.
The schools frantically had to come up with new policies that addressed this issue
That being said,in my opinion,this has created a new issue
We have the usual,"see something,do something,say something".
The school has a new program where they can get "Panther Points" for being seen doing something good towards another student (greeting,helping carrying something,holding doors,etc)
They are also highly encouraged to not leave anyone out of activities or conversations. No one is to be excluded
What i'm now concerned about is that they will start pretending to be nice to people to get these points,which are redeemable for stuff in the school store.
My son has become one of these "targets"
You'd swear he was the most popular kid in school. They come up,greet him,and stand there with this dumb look on their faces like they want a pat on the head. Even his teacher is to the point where she tells them to move on.
So,my question is,do you think that the policy should find a middle ground where they shouldn't go out of their way to exclude people,but not one where they are almost forced to associate with people they otherwise would not?
I'm imagining the kid that isn't so extroverted realizing he's being talked to so the others can get points
Answer by fiatpax at 9:47 AM on Sep. 6, 2013
Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 9:57 AM on Sep. 6, 2013
Honestly, what I think is that punishment for bad behavior and bullying isn't strict enough. Everyone is a victim and unfortunately what that ultimately means is that the real victim is further victimized. If the bully comes from a home where both parents work and they qualify for aid, the bulky gets to keep going to school (not to mention that funding for attendance makes suspension or expulsion undesirable to the schools). The victim is given the choice to change their habits so as to avoid their bully, but in the mean time, noting changes for the shithead that caused the whole thing.
Bully policies mean nothing when administration refuses to enforce the policies.
Answer by QuinnMae at 10:37 AM on Sep. 6, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 10:42 AM on Sep. 6, 2013
Answer by gdiamante at 10:44 AM on Sep. 6, 2013
Answer by QuinnMae at 10:46 AM on Sep. 6, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 10:54 AM on Sep. 6, 2013
Answer by wendythewriter at 11:02 AM on Sep. 6, 2013
Answer by wendythewriter at 3:44 PM on Sep. 6, 2013