Bullying can be a challenge for educators

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Parent Amy Adams of East Berlin speaks at Thursday night's Hanover town hall meeting on bullying in the schools.

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May 26, 2011
 
Same stuff was happening my daughter and i call the police they pushed her locked her in gym locker
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Bermudian Springs School District is a joke when it comes to enforcing their policy on bullying. There have been many kids leave the district for other schools and cyber schools because of the lack or ability of the administrators and teachers.
The school and administrators should be investigated and held for criminal prosecution. They are not serious on the policy they say they have. They are a bunch of talking heads and no action for the welfare of the kids being bullied.
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It's interesting that Pam Smith had any contribution to this discussion. She is oblivious to anything that is going on in her school. The middle school is a zoo.

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Bullying is unacceptable. If these kids want to act like adults and be bullies, then treat them like adults and charge them with harassment, simple assault, aggravated assault, and the like.
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I think there is a difference between the physical bullying and the name calling. Physical abuse should not be tolerated, but frankly, the name-calling in school is as old as time, and doesn't necessarily end after the school years are over.

Teach the kids to ignore of deflect insults. Nothing irritates the "bully" off more than when they don't get a rise out of the victim. If need be, practice with the kid and try insulting him. It's essentially sparring, except with words instead of swords. I don't think most people go out into the world to use a sword without practicing, why should words be any different? Stop the "woe is me, my kid is being made fun of" and do something about it.
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Bunch of wimps. THis is a part of growing up. Grow some nads.
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I admire Mrs. Adams for coming forth with her account of the bullying her son has endured. My advice to you Mrs. Adams, get a lawyer!
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Freedom Rider wrote:
Bunch of wimps. THis is a part of growing up. Grow some nads.
Your ignorance is showing. I'm guessing you were a bully in school and continue to be as an adult.
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May 27, 2011
 
Kids pick on each other and parents need to teach their kids how to handle it. But bullying is a different matter. Sometimes adults do need to intervene. The stakes are higher now than when previous generations were kids. Weapons are more prevalent, more kids are disrespectful (negligent parenting) and many kids (and adults) think rules dont apply to them. Schools need to take a hard stand and have a 0 tolerance policy. Bully someone- get suspended. Go home.
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May 27, 2011
 
Marodi wrote:
I think there is a difference between the physical bullying and the name calling. Physical abuse should not be tolerated, but frankly, the name-calling in school is as old as time, and doesn't necessarily end after the school years are over.
The physical bruises fade, the psycholigical scars can last a lifetime.
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May 27, 2011
 
It's true, the policies the schools have are a joke, that is, they don't enforce them! And if the bully is one of the many athletes who seem to think they can do what ever they want, forget it the school does nothing. They should be kicked off the team...zero tolerance but that's not how it works.

Next time your child is bullied, have them call you from school then you call the police! Stop wasting your time with the school. Don't wait until they are home, do it immediately and get yourself to the school to demand everyone is informed of the problem. All parents, teachers and coaches if applicable, EVERYONE! Make sure everyone involved understands you are not going to tolerate less then a safe environment for your child!

My grandson was bullied and that's exactly what his parents did, it made a big difference on how the 4 kids were punished. They were all baseball players for the high school, the coach got involved and it STOPPED! It's very different when the police are involved and when they understand you're not going away until they take care of the problem.

In the case of my Grandson, even the teacher stood by an allowed the hands on abuse and did nothing.
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Your ignorance is showing. I'm guessing you were a bully in school and continue to be as an adult.
No, it was both. I had so many bloody noses I can't count. I was called lots of names too and guess what? I am still here. I am not an ax murderer, and life moved on. Kids will be kids. The political correctness of this country will be it's downfall. Kids need to toughen up, suck it up and get live a little.
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May 27, 2011
 
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Bunch of wimps. THis is a part of growing up. Grow some nads.
It's different today. Yes since the one room school house kids were picked on and called names. Over weight and non-athletic kids have dreaded gym class since that evil excuse for exercise was invented. But, it's different today. Years ago when you were the bully you actually had to show your face. You had to speak the hurt out loud and had a greater chance of being caught. The bully had a shorter window of time to pick on the underdog. Today the bully is annonymous and around 24/7. Technology allows the bully to hide behind the computer screen. Technology allows the bully to invade your home through the computer and phone text messaging. For the person being picked on, even the home is not a safe haven any more. Don't take such a dismissive attitude toward the situation and think it is all part of growing up. Middle school aged children are immature so parents understand there will always be some hurtful things said but when a child is tormented 24/7 and things being said are more vile than "four eyes" because the bully can text the words rather than shout them out loud the solution isn't to tell someone to stop being a wimp and grow some nads.
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May 27, 2011
 
If some kid pushed one of my kids down the steps and caused a concussion, I would have called the police, pressed charges for attempted murder, and sued the parents of the kid responsible until they had nothing left.
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Strictly An Opinion wrote:
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It's different today. Yes since the one room school house kids were picked on and called names. Over weight and non-athletic kids have dreaded gym class since that evil excuse for exercise was invented. But, it's different today. Years ago when you were the bully you actually had to show your face. You had to speak the hurt out loud and had a greater chance of being caught. The bully had a shorter window of time to pick on the underdog. Today the bully is annonymous and around 24/7. Technology allows the bully to hide behind the computer screen. Technology allows the bully to invade your home through the computer and phone text messaging. For the person being picked on, even the home is not a safe haven any more. Don't take such a dismissive attitude toward the situation and think it is all part of growing up. Middle school aged children are immature so parents understand there will always be some hurtful things said but when a child is tormented 24/7 and things being said are more vile than "four eyes" because the bully can text the words rather than shout them out loud the solution isn't to tell someone to stop being a wimp and grow some nads.
Well guess what, it ends when they get in the real world and get a job. But they will cry I guess if they do not get hired or the boss yells at them. It is time to stop raising fairy's and get some real toughness back in our youth. If they get bullied on the internet they can just turn it off. but I guess kids are too stupid to do that too.
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May 27, 2011
 
Kids who bully other kids,they are the ones with low self esteem. They do that to make them selfs feel better. I was bullied in school. I know all about that.
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Freedom Rider wrote:
<quoted text>Well guess what, it ends when they get in the real world and get a job. But they will cry I guess if they do not get hired or the boss yells at them. It is time to stop raising fairy's and get some real toughness back in our youth. If they get bullied on the internet they can just turn it off. but I guess kids are too stupid to do that too.
Pushing someone down a flight of stairs and causing a brain injury is more than should be tolerated. I bet if your son or daughter was pushed and suffered a concussion you wouldn't tell them to suck it up you fairy. Get real.
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May 27, 2011
 
Freedom Rider wrote:
<quoted text>No, it was both. I had so many bloody noses I can't count. I was called lots of names too and guess what? I am still here. I am not an ax murderer, and life moved on. Kids will be kids. The political correctness of this country will be it's downfall. Kids need to toughen up, suck it up and get live a little.
Tell that to your daughter when you catch her CUTTING herself. Tell that to your daughter when shes trying to pop a bottle of tylenol PM. Tell that to your daughter when ur on the phone to 911 for BOTH occurances at different times and the school could care less and you hear the "we'll look into it". Thanks Hanover! Do you know how many kids commited suicide in the last 3 years from bullying in this area? With your reponse maybe your thoughts contribute to that.." oh just toughen up". NO loving parent says that to their kid who's being bullied!
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May 27, 2011
 
Maybe one of us should push Freedom Rider down a flight of stairs. Or if he is what appears to be a biker, kick his bike over.
Lets see then if he wishes to get seek legal counsel.
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May 27, 2011
 
Hanover resident wrote:
Maybe one of us should push Freedom Rider down a flight of stairs. Or if he is what appears to be a biker, kick his bike over.
Lets see then if he wishes to get seek legal counsel.
I have been hit, pushed, yelled at. You name it, it's been done. I even had my leg broken playing soccer in a match in college. But no I did not sue the guy who pushed me. I guess I am on the wrong page with this. My kids are taught to be able to take whatever they dishout. Problem solved. And if it gets out of hand I get involved. That is what parenting is about. Not poo pooing and being afraid to step on toes.

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