Bullying: A Problem Too Big for Schools to Manage

Bullying: A Problem Too Big for Schools to Manage Picture

Have you ever encountered a bully? I’m sure you have; we all have. However, I think a new type of bully is terrorizing the weaker individuals these days. This bully has no respect for human life, including his or her own. This bully feels entitled and special. This bully gets excited by causing another individual to feel humiliated, ugly, beaten down, and worthless.

A lawsuit against Ball State University (filed by the parents of a second-grade boy who attended the university’s Burris Laboratory School) claims the bullied 8-year-old boy “was forced to engage numerous times in sex acts with other children” while at school.  

“A Florida school district is looking into an incident in which 13-year-old Melanie Conn was bound in plastic wrap by two of her peers while waiting for the school bus.” Two boys wrapped her 10 to 15 times, from waist to chin, “nearly enveloping her nose and mouth. The bus attendant knew there was a threat, but didn’t report anything.

Last month, a 15-year-old boy beat a 14-year-old boy, “to the point that he required stitches,” because the younger boy had taken the school bus seat that the older one wanted! And then the older boy took to Facebook and gloated, saying “lmao dat lil [expletive] dat wassnt nun i hit him three times nun major yaa-noo.”

Yesterday, some New Jersey bullying statistics were made public. I was shocked to learn that were 12,024 bullying, harassment, and intimidation reports made last year, “the first year the state’s tough new anti-bullying law was in effect.” And there were more guns and drugs found on students last year too.

Other statistics show that about 43 percent of students are being bullied online.

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What is going on? Why is bullying so popular? I’ve blogged about bullying before, as well as the extreme actions parents will take to protect their child. But what I just can’t understand is why some individuals – children and adults – are continuing to be so cruel to others, in increasingly horrific ways!

Is it because of media? Is it the fault of the parents? Are the music and entertainment industries to blame?  More importantly, how do we stop it?

If we, as parents, don’t try to stop this, it may never end; and it will only get worse.  We shouldn’t wait until our children come home crying and defeated to get involved and make a difference. Below, please share your ideas on how to legitimately put an end to bullying! Let’s pull together – as mothers, fathers, grandparents, and guardians – and figure this out.

 

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Bullying: A Problem Too Big for Schools to Manage

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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3 comments

  1. ErinF says:

    There was a story on the local news a few days ago about an 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy being bullied by a neighbor boy–and the boy’s father. The boy’s mother and sister dismissed the behavior as part of a family feud. Bullies learn that kind of cruelty somewhere; it’s our job as parents to teach our children empathy from the beginning.

  2. i would like that for my baby girl not bullying is going to be allowed … i won’t tolerate anyone trying to bully my baby

  3. It is a terrible situation, I was bullied myself when I was in high school, but it was not even close to what I am seeing during these days… my husband and I are very concerned because our kids are smaller than other kids their age. We even put our 10 year old in Taekwondo classes so he would know some self defense, he knows nobody should do anything to hurt him, and that he must report any type of bullying as soon as he sees it or receives it… I will personally go to whoever kid’s parents and talk to them about the situation and if it can be resolved I will go wherever I need to go…

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