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How Should School Districts Handle Bullying Incidents?

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which took effect July 1, is meant to create standards across the state for addressing school bullying in a few ways which lawmakers and school administrators are hoping will be meaningful.

In a previous discussion, in Three Village schools. We received some affirmative answers. Now, we ask: How should school districts treat matters of bullying between students? What would you do differently if it was up to you?

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Abush July 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I feel that legislation such as The Dignity Act is a step in the right direction, but the school needs to translate that into a real curriculum that addresses the issue of bullying openly and directly with the students who are bullied, the students who are the bullies, and the students who are the outside observers of the bullying. In other words everyone. Teachers need the support of the administration and a curriculum to follow. "No Fishing Allowed" is an example of a curriculum which uses role plays and empowers the children who are most likely to be bullied. http://www.amazon.com/Fishing-Allowed-Bullying-Prevention-Program/dp/1932565442 It address mostly elementary issues, but I'm sure there are great programs out there which address the issues in the upper grades. The truth is that many teachers are great at handling bullying incidents as they arise, but real change only happens when there is a program in place to attempt to prevent it from happening in the first place. Most bullying happens when adults aren't looking, and a curriculum like this empowers kids on how to do the right thing when adults are not right there to guide them.
Bob July 26, 2012 at 07:40 PM
How about the parents teach their kids not to bully each other and let the teachers worry about teaching content. I don't want my kids having to take time out of math and history to learn that bullying is bad. I've made it a point to teach my kids about violence and bullying. Teacher's shouldn't be substitute parents. Step up parents.

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