lessons of indifference to our children
Posted in the Belle Vernon Forum
#1 May 10, 2011
Lessons of Indifference To Our Children:
Bullies used to exist on the playground, a classroom and in neighborhoods. Children today having exposure to the Internet, Social Networking and popular media at their fingertips have seen the effects and consequences of bullying in a whole new way. States and school districts around the country have been implementing massive policy changes and initiatives that have taken peer to peer bullying situations to a zero tolerance level in an effort to curtail the negative effects that studies have shown results in decreased self-esteem and self-worth, their ability to socially develop, their in ability to maintain school work and grades and in some instances produce anxiety levels so high that it leads to depression and suicide. Bullying by teachers and coaches toward students appears to be relatively overlooked. Attorneys define it as the deliberate targeted conduct, rooted in power differential, which threatens, harms, humiliates, intimidates, induces fear, or caused students emotional distress. One local school districts administration and school board when faced with complaints of this exact conduct from one of its teachers/coaches against student athletes has chosen to be indifferent and dismissive of the situation, in turn advocating and supporting the continued employment and exposure of this treatment to its students and athletes of the district. Our children can be subjected to suspension, expulsion, and even charges for just one complaint of bullying to another student but West Mifflin Area School District feels that just one or two complaints of this type of conduct from a teacher/coach againsts its students/athletes warrants a note in a file and a statement that our children are welcome to come back to play next year. People wonder why our children are growing up to be indifferent and unengaged in the community and world around them.
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