How to Stop Bullying in Schools
|image courtesy of cnn.com|
We have talked about students’ need to have a secure learning environment, and we have discussed understanding bully mentality. Deia Sanders, a master teacher, even showed us how she turned bullies around in her school.
But what recourse do students have when they still don’t feel safe?
This 17-year-old student took matters into his own hands, as reported by CNN. And there exists a terrible connotation behind the words “took matters into his own hands”—we seem to think less of a billionaire philanthropist spending his nights as a masked vigilante, and we seem to think more of street gangs and violence. But when a student feels that he or she has two options—suffer physical harm, or stand your ground when the odds are four to one—who is really to blame?
Of course we cannot condone bringing weapons to school, so the administration is forced to expel the student. But by expelling the student, the administration plays right into the hands of the bullies. And if the bullies feel like they have the support—or control—of the administration, then who is to stop them from picking more targets?
I realize that this post poses more questions than it does answers. That is why I would love to hear your comments. This is a problem that is not going to go away. So what can we do about it?
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