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Monday, June 22, 2015
Violence and Bullying in Schools: More Must be Done
While the overall national trend on reports of bullying are headed lower, there are still unacceptable levels of bullying reported in our Nation's schools. Laws and rules written by well-meaning lawmakers and school board members must be followed with fidelity--otherwise such regulations are not worth the paper they are printed on.
We have the issue of bullying and harassment here locally as well, and I believe a mandatory, confidential student survey administered to all children in grades 3-12 could stem the tide. Many districts have utilized such surveys with great results to curtail incidents of bullying/harassment on school campuses---as well as a means to identify other potentially hazardous issues students may be experiencing..
Sadly, bullied students often take their own lives. The story of Steve Wesener is heartbreaking. As a nation we have to do better, we have to do more.
A few months back the idea of confidential, mandatory student surveys was discussed at our school board workshop---- and the board was told such a survey plan was in the works, it is/was being bargained with the teacher's union. I intend to follow this closely and advocate for implementation as soon as it is practical to do so.
We are not alone in this issue, and parents in Escambia County are not alone in the frustration over bullies apparently getting away with their outrageous misconduct not only in person, but online as well...
From Yesterday's Modesto Bee: