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Are we doing enough to stop bullying in schools?

September 28, 2013

Among the most heart-wrenching, deeply troubling stories in the news last week was that of a 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied for nearly a year....

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CaveFelem

Sep-29-13 7:06 PM

MrShaman, when I dealt with the mean girl clique in high school, I would have been so relieved if at least one or 2 of them had been sent to alternative school and their little cabal broken up.

Bullies don't get it. Many times, they have parents who stand behind them "Oh, my little Sara could never do that" and "You're just jealous because she's pretty and has money", that type of thing.

In many cases, there's a ringleader and a little clique of people who mercilessly harass weaker kids. Breaking up that clique, and using harsh punishment that the bully wouldn't want repeated could work toward making them stop.

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MrShaman

Sep-29-13 12:07 PM

"I still think bullies should be removed to alternative school..." - CaveFelem

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Ah, yes...much like the Death Penalty...let's go with the most-convenient option; punish each, individual bully...and, the problem will "magically" disappear.

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MrShaman

Sep-29-13 11:55 AM

WOW!!! Four (4) agrees with Sham! He talked sense for once." - USABorn

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That's pretty important, to you, huh...who gets how-many "Agrees"??

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CaveFelem

Sep-29-13 7:41 AM

Bullies need to face real consequences. Too often the victim reports the behavior, and someone talks to the bully, and then it just gets worse for the person being bullied.

I still think bullies should be removed to alternative school, and if the bullying is done electronically, banned from internet except in school, no smart phones, etc. for an entire grading period.

I'll say it again. I'm so glad the internet wasn't available when I was in school.

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USABorn

Sep-28-13 10:41 AM

WOW!!! Four (4) agrees with Sham! He talked sense for once.

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MrShaman

Sep-28-13 9:58 AM

I know....for a fact...of 2 cases of severe bullying, in a local school district, and it was swept under the carpet. People NEED to go public and make all incidents PUBLIC!!!!" - andy33

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You'd think there'd (already) be such a website, created, to post such instances...one where any school would DREAD appearing!!!

Have you checked??

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MrShaman

Sep-28-13 9:51 AM

Schools have enacted anti-bullying policies. However, fearing the parents, threatened lawsuits and bad publicity, most of the reported cases are swept under the carpet by administrators. Just ask your kid. Kids tell me teachers put cases in writing, and all the perp gets is either a detention, or one day suspension. the kids are fed-up and scared." - radioactive

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...And, then...school-staffers ACT so "bewildered", when a student shows-up with a bag-full o' guns...and, starts clear-cutting whoever's available.

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andy33

Sep-28-13 9:48 AM

I know....for a fact...of 2 cases of severe bullying, in a local school district, and it was swept under the carpet. People NEED to go public and make all incidents PUBLIC!!!!

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MrShaman

Sep-28-13 8:49 AM

...And, much like racism/bigotry, it's a learned-behavior...or (actually), a TAUGHT-behavior...typically, taught, at home. Shaman

I agree, but we can't deny the influence that other friends have in an attempt to be accepted by the "in crowd". You can have the best of parents, but sometimes kids are led astray by their peers." - Capricorn1

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I'm guessing it's more a matter of having been bullied, at home...more-than-likely by parents...who were also bullied, at home.

I think you need to have that hatred/rage (already) within you...before any peers have any opportunity to influence you.

It's much like child-abuse. How can someone develop a sense of conscience/regard-for-others...when they've never been on the receiving-end, at home?

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Capricorn1

Sep-28-13 7:29 AM

...And, much like racism/bigotry, it's a learned-behavior...or (actually), a TAUGHT-behavior...typically, taught, at home. Shaman

I agree, but we can't deny the influence that other friends have in an attempt to be accepted by the "in crowd". You can have the best of parents, but sometimes kids are led astray by their peers.

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MrShaman

Sep-28-13 6:07 AM

"And the really troubling thing is, most of the bullying now a days happens at any time, and in any place, at any hour, and to many spectators, on Facebook, Twitter, or the like. There's truly a higher level of cruelty, and even more damaging results, when the bully is hidden behind a keyboard or a smart phone." - Francine

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...And, much like racism/bigotry, it's a learned-behavior...or (actually), a TAUGHT-behavior...typically, taught, at home.

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MrShaman

Sep-28-13 6:02 AM

"Too many refuse to accept responsibility for what they do or say. The country has become way too liberal." - USABorn

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Another mega-dose of irony, anyone.

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USABorn

Sep-28-13 3:19 AM

"Among the most heart-wrenching, deeply troubling stories in the news last week was that of a 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied for nearly a year."

The story referenced above is just one of many cases like this taking place every week in the U.S. While most are caused by other kids, a number of them are caused by parents of other kids, bullying them unmercifully. These are common stories in the dailymailDOTcoDOTuk. As common as parents killing babies and toddlers, or women allowing boyfriends to kill them. Even grandparents.....

Too many refuse to accept responsibility for what they do or say. The country has become way too liberal.

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