It wasn't supposed to be sent home...but it was...
A Nebraska school found itself in hot water after sending its fifth-grade students home with a flier on how to turn ‘bullies into buddies’.
According to Lincoln Journal Star, the flier, which was sent out last week at Zeman Elementary in Lincoln, Nebraska, included what parents are calling “terrible advice” on how to deal with bullies.
The flier listed nine rules on what kids should do when dealing with bullies, which included everything from “do not tell on bullies,” to “don’t be a sore loser,” Lincoln Journal Star reported.
Below is the complete list the school passed out:
Rule 1. Refuse to get mad.
Rule 2. Treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you.
Rule 3. Do not be afraid.
Rule 4. Do not verbally defend yourself.
Rule 5. Do not attack.
Rule 6. If someone physically hurts you, just show you are hurt; do not get angry.
Rule 7. Do not tell on bullies.
Rule 8. Don’t be a sore loser.
Rule 9. Learn to laugh at yourself and not get “hooked” by put-downs.
Lincoln Journal Star reported that since the flier was distributed to students, the Lincoln Public School has apologized on its Facebook page.
The school principal, Donna Williams, also expressed how sorry she is about the content in the flier.
She wrote parents a letter that said, “The flier was sent home with good intentions,” adding that, “Unfortunately it contained advice that did not accurately reflect LPS best practices regarding response to bullying incidents.”
According to Lincoln Journal Star, District spokeswoman Mary Kay Roth shared that the flier was not even supposed to be sent out to students, and was in fact, not approved for distribution.
“It’s a staff issue, so we’re taking care of the staffing error,” Roth explained. “It wasn’t supposed to be sent home.”