Return to common sense
Recently, I attended a funeral for a beautiful 16-year-old girl who was one of two teenagers in a small southwest Missouri community who took their own lives in a matter of days. These two teenagers knew nothing of each other; their only commonality was that they were victims of bullying. Though bullying seems to be a common problem in schools, there is very little that is actually being done to prevent, stop or appropriately deal with acts of bullying.
Thus, this open letter to all school administrators, teachers and staff:
The fact that you purchased a “Rachel’s Challenge” program and hung the posters in the hallway does nothing to prevent bullying. Allowing the bullies to serve as “ambassadors” for the school anti-bullying campaign is not only ludicrous, but disrespectful.
Doing nothing and hiding under the “it is difficult to take the word of one student over another” excuse is shameful and not acceptable. Allowing your teachers and staff to make fun of and bully students and other teachers is not only a liability, but it is morally and ethically contemptible.
Finally, it should be noted that every citizen in the United States has the right to defend themselves and protect themselves from harm, unless that citizen is a student in a public school with a “zero tolerance” policy for violence. It is time for a change in policy and application of that policy. It is time for common sense to make a return to the public school system.