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Do Something About Bullying In Schools

February 18, 2013

A little 11-year-old girl in London, Ohio, frequently came home from school crying, her parents told police recently....

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Feb-18-13 5:56 AM

beat the crap out of the parents first.

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Feb-18-13 8:16 AM

Some teachers know that kids are being picked on and do nothing about it because they think it's nothing. They have no clue how it affects the kid. I know, because I have a grandchild who is picked on by classmates and nothing is done about it. He comes home upset all the time. This is what leads kids to suicide. They say there is zero tolerance for bullying yet they look the other way. It upsets me that it is taken so lightly when kids are picked on .......because it is bullying! I'm commenting about this and I work for the school district.

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Feb-18-13 8:50 AM

Homeschool. Go back to corporal punishment. Do away with no child left behind.

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Feb-18-13 8:56 AM

50, I was thinking the same thing: homeschool. However, this state, nation and unions impose policies that discourage families from schooling at home or choosing the from of education that they want for their kids.

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Feb-18-13 9:15 AM

just send the bully for a taser session at the jamestown jail...why isn't the pj covering this death?

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Feb-18-13 9:17 AM

Strugglingsingle is right. Too many teachers look the other way and choose not to get involved (although God forbid a kid should be holding a cell phone in their hand while walking down the hallway). Schools must have and enforce rules regarding behavior and they must not be afraid to get the parents, of the bully and bullied, involved if they know something is going on.

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Feb-18-13 9:28 AM

Yeah, let's put the blame on the teachers. They aren't doing anything anyway. Work 6 hours a day for 9 months a year. Yep, it's their fault. And Bush's.

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Feb-18-13 9:43 AM

"Michigan Senate Republicans have taken what could have been a useful, and much-needed, anti-bullying bill?and turned it into what amounts to a license to bully. Senate Bill 137, which passed 26 to 11 with zero Democratic votes, was meant to protect all students from bullying and harassment. Yet the bill, already weakened by the lack of enumerated classes to be protected, was further gutted by conservatives in the Senate, who slipped in dangerous "exemptions" that gives bullies free rein to harass other students.

In the mind of some GOP Michigan lawmakers, there are exemptions, and thereby logical excuses, for bullying. Those purposely vague exemptions give bullies, whether it be fellow students, teachers, school employees, or other parents, a legal out if their act of harassment on another young person was done because of "deep moral conviction" or "religious belief."

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Feb-18-13 9:44 AM

"That's right: if a bully says they believe their harassment is "morally" valid, this bill agrees with them, and they are free to continue their behavior without consequence. These "moral and religious" exemptions seem squarely focused at allowing bullying against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, who are at higher risk for harassment in schools and in need of strong legislative protections." Something for NYS not to do.

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Feb-18-13 9:52 AM

How about it teachers. Is it yer "unions" again,as suggested here? Teachers---ohhhh teachers---we know you're out there.

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Feb-18-13 10:29 AM

perhaps see dog would rather share his teacher's union thoughts on this topic with us.

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Feb-18-13 10:55 AM

I am with Seadog on this. The teachers really do not put up with bullying in any way shape or form..if they see it happening.

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Feb-18-13 11:15 AM

#1 - Anti-bullying "training" starts at home. But, in our society, where the Judeo-Christian values and morals are no longer the norm, bullying and other anti-social behavior continues to get worse. The teaching of morals and values starts at home. Since too many parents neglect this part of their children's upbringing, the onus is put on the teachers and the school system. Teachers can only do so much in this politically correct world. They can take little Johnny or Susie aside and tell them to stop or send them to the office. But, what is the follow-up? The punishments no longer fit the crime, because we can't hurt Johnny's or Susie's psyche or feelings. This just makes the bully hide their behavior even more from the adults.

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Feb-18-13 11:18 AM

for see dog's edification, the "teacher's union" comment I referrenced was atated in the 8:56am post--see dog is still embarrassed over the ACLU-free speech thing--GET OVER THAT.

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Feb-18-13 11:36 AM

MacK. Excellent post 11:15 AM.

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Feb-18-13 3:01 PM

There have always been bullies. I don't recall one kid in the fifites in the county killing themselves or others over bullying. And back then, there was some cruel hararassment.

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Feb-18-13 3:40 PM

For the two guaranteed disagrees...which of the three sentences did you disagree with?

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Feb-18-13 8:04 PM

those directly below the date and time.

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Feb-18-13 11:10 PM

New York State passed a law in 2010 called the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) designed to address bullying in schools. I'm surprised the editorial didn't make a note of it.

"New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.

The Dignity Act was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and took effect on July 1, 2012." h**p://

If bullying is really being ignored in a Jamestown school they are breaking this law. If you have evidence of it, report it to the principal of the school at once.

Bullying hurts the bully as much as the bullied and the best time to deal with it is to****it in the bud. Bullying is NOT a rite of passage, it's NOT harmless and it should never be counte

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Feb-18-13 11:12 PM

lol, really?? "N I P" is a banned word?

I guess they didn't n i p that one in the bud.

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Feb-19-13 8:58 AM

One day the brick and morter school will be a memory. We'll see a computer in every home being used for education. No more diseases passed on,bullying, or lawsuits over special student needs. No utility bills or free school lunches to pat for. Of course the gov't will waste any money saved subsidizing computers for the poor.

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Feb-19-13 9:02 AM

did you all forget the "pusuit of happiness part?"- BE HAPPY.

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Feb-19-13 9:44 AM

Yes emelye. So is J a p.

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Feb-19-13 9:52 AM

Schools need a "report abuse" button for the timid and anonymous.

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Feb-19-13 12:01 PM

has bullying gotten worse? i recall a time in this country's history where kids were bullied simply for the color of their skin. i don't recall that many adolescent suicides during those times. phary please report back.

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