Bullying in Marion County Public Schools

Bullying in Marion County Public Schools

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Concerned Parent

Cub Run, KY

#1 Mar 31, 2012
Not on here to slander, gossip or start a racial debate. I am a concerned parent that would like to know first hand from students or anyone that is experiencing bullying issues at our local schools. How big is the bullying problems? Besides the obvious physical threats of bullying, what other types of emotional bullying or intimidation tactics are taking place (examples please). If you have experienced bullying or are experiencing it now, have you been to school officals (teachers, principals, etc...)? Have they or what have they done to resolve the problem? I am interested in showing this data to superintendent Chuck Hamilton because I personally have reason to believe it is anb ongoing problem that is not being addressed properly. I have recently spoken to at least 3 students who have or are being bullied in both elementary & middle school. Ranging from excluding a child from a group, whispering, laughing to making comments about clothes to slapping students on the head while in the hallway or even starting rumors that students will be jumped after standing up for themselves. I have also been told that issues have been taken to school officials; however, nothing was accomplished. I was also told by one student that he/she wouldn't go to school officals because nothing would be done. Even teachers have commented that they witness bullying & have expressed concern to officials only to have the concern ignored. Children should be able to attend school without the threat of bullying interferring with their education. It is 2012, there has to be a ZERO tolerance for any form of bullying or intimidation. I want to hear what students or parents have to say about this so that when I attempt to address the issue with officials, I can be a voice for any and all of you that are victims!
Doc

Eustis, FL

#2 Mar 31, 2012
The problem is this world is full od evil, devious and nasty people just like the woman I married. Then they breed and produce more trash. It's a vicious cycle.
Fred

Means, KY

#3 Mar 31, 2012
Concerned Parent wrote:
Not on here to slander, gossip or start a racial debate. I am a concerned parent that would like to know first hand from students or anyone that is experiencing bullying issues at our local schools. How big is the bullying problems? Besides the obvious physical threats of bullying, what other types of emotional bullying or intimidation tactics are taking place (examples please). If you have experienced bullying or are experiencing it now, have you been to school officals (teachers, principals, etc...)? Have they or what have they done to resolve the problem? I am interested in showing this data to superintendent Chuck Hamilton because I personally have reason to believe it is anb ongoing problem that is not being addressed properly. I have recently spoken to at least 3 students who have or are being bullied in both elementary & middle school. Ranging from excluding a child from a group, whispering, laughing to making comments about clothes to slapping students on the head while in the hallway or even starting rumors that students will be jumped after standing up for themselves. I have also been told that issues have been taken to school officials; however, nothing was accomplished. I was also told by one student that he/she wouldn't go to school officals because nothing would be done. Even teachers have commented that they witness bullying & have expressed concern to officials only to have the concern ignored. Children should be able to attend school without the threat of bullying interferring with their education. It is 2012, there has to be a ZERO tolerance for any form of bullying or intimidation. I want to hear what students or parents have to say about this so that when I attempt to address the issue with officials, I can be a voice for any and all of you that are victims!
You will get some great feedback from Topix. If you are going to be a voice, you need to post a name where the ones who are going to respond will know you are serious, and not just another muckraker.
victim

Nashville, TN

#4 Mar 31, 2012
Concerned Parent wrote:
Not on here to slander, gossip or start a racial debate. I am a concerned parent that would like to know first hand from students or anyone that is experiencing bullying issues at our local schools. How big is the bullying problems? Besides the obvious physical threats of bullying, what other types of emotional bullying or intimidation tactics are taking place (examples please). If you have experienced bullying or are experiencing it now, have you been to school officals (teachers, principals, etc...)? Have they or what have they done to resolve the problem? I am interested in showing this data to superintendent Chuck Hamilton because I personally have reason to believe it is anb ongoing problem that is not being addressed properly. I have recently spoken to at least 3 students who have or are being bullied in both elementary & middle school. Ranging from excluding a child from a group, whispering, laughing to making comments about clothes to slapping students on the head while in the hallway or even starting rumors that students will be jumped after standing up for themselves. I have also been told that issues have been taken to school officials; however, nothing was accomplished. I was also told by one student that he/she wouldn't go to school officals because nothing would be done. Even teachers have commented that they witness bullying & have expressed concern to officials only to have the concern ignored. Children should be able to attend school without the threat of bullying interferring with their education. It is 2012, there has to be a ZERO tolerance for any form of bullying or intimidation. I want to hear what students or parents have to say about this so that when I attempt to address the issue with officials, I can be a voice for any and all of you that are victims!
I am a former student of the Marion County School system. I was severely bullied and picked on. I was called names, threatened, singled out, and all of this happened on a daily basis. It was the most depressing time of my life. I spent most days in the guidance counslers office, and even though the bullies would be talked to, nothing ever seemed to help my situation. Kids are mean. This was going on 15 years ago when I was a student, and it still continues. By the time I reached high school, I just had to learn to fight back, for myself, which usually got me in trouble, but at least it kept the bullying to a minimum. Whoever you are, I hope that you can be an advocate for the kids that still get bullied.
skillet09

New Haven, KY

#5 Mar 31, 2012
all bullies should be skinned alive, burned at the stake and there ashes should be pissed on and flushed down the toilet with the rest of the shit
Concerned Parent

Cub Run, KY

#6 Apr 1, 2012
I did not choose to post a name on here because I do not want my child bullied even more, and because people usually post fake names anyway, I don't see the point. I would like to say Thank you to "victim" for posting. I appreciate your insight and story which is the type of feedback I was hoping to receive. I am sympathetic with your situation, and as I read more about bullying, watch more on the news and experience it with my own children, the more concerned I am and determined to take a stand. With increased advances in technology, kids are often a target outside of school, but then the acts are carried into the school as well. I was hoping to see more posts on this topic because I know all too well that it is a problem worldwide and in our schools. I speak to many people who gossip or complain, but where are those people when their voices need to be heard. We must be more proactive in our children's lives if we want this problem stopped in our own community. Perhaps topix isn't the best way to address the issue, but I was hoping that because it can be anonymous, more people would feel comfortable opening up about their experiences or with their opinions on the subject.

“Power to the people”

Since: Jul 10

Once was Top Secret

#7 Apr 1, 2012
Thanks Concerned Parent for starting this thread. My experiences showed (in the early 1960's) that the teachers did not seem to care much in grade school. Sure they had the rule no bullying on the school grounds, but when a bullied student got to the edge of the playground, the bullies were waiting. Yes you could leave the school grounds north, south, east, or west, but they knew where you lived so they would just wait close to your home.

This bunch of bullies would throw rocks, little rocks from the road, but they still hurt when you are a 1st or 2nd grader and they had 5th or 6th grade throwing arms.
bully back

Richmond, KY

#8 Apr 2, 2012
I know it may seem bad, but teach the child who is bullied that is OK to stand up and FIGHT back!! Usually once a bully finds themselves in the situation where they can't BULLY, they move on to another victim or maybe QUIT.

I was always very small as a child, and eventually by middle school, I had enough. Smacked the hell out of one of the people making fun of me and guess what - NONE OF THE LITTLE WITCHES said anything again!! They left me alone because I finally fought back and my real friends stood right behind me too! Dared any of the others to say anything too!!

I guess what I am trying to get across, bullying happens.. has always happened and will continue to happen. Kids should have the RIGHT to take up for themselves!!! Get the ones who are being bullied some confidence and some lessons on defending themselves... I've always found that people won't pick on someone who STANDS UP and is willing to actually fight (if that's the only choice!) I would say most adults try to teach their kids that it is wrong to hit people and I agree, but there comes a time when the bully has to learn their lesson the hard way.

I have two daughters, one is very reserved and quiet - she experiences bullying to a small degree. I've told her names can't hurt her, but I have given her my full PERMISSION that if any other child hits her, HIT BACK AS HARD AS SHE CAN!!!! She has the right to defend herself. She doesn't have many close friends and tends to be loner by choice. It maybe to eliminate some of the bullying or part in fact that she is very self conscious.

My other daughter is very outspoken and I will say, I can't see her ever being bullied because she will tell someone quick, DON'T SPEAK TO ME LIKE THAT and she doesn't bat an eye doing it. She is the type who I think girls realize will fight without hesitation if pushed into a corner. She has lots of friends and is very very friendly but equally takes up for others and doesn't stand back and ignore someone being picked on!! Maybe because she sees how her sister feels.

I think the main thing should be a CHILD SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY STOP IT!! AND given the situation, defend themselves!!
Margaret

United States

#9 Apr 2, 2012
I think bullying is a problem all over.
Margaret

United States

#10 Apr 2, 2012
I think bullying is a big problem everywhere.
who cares

New Haven, KY

#11 Apr 3, 2012
i was bullied bad at saint A. After I got out of that stupid school it wasn't as bad... but still was a little.
o boy

Glendale, KY

#12 Apr 4, 2012
who cares wrote:
i was bullied bad at saint A. After I got out of that stupid school it wasn't as bad... but still was a little.
how can you call yourself 'who cares' on a subject like this? its obvious that everyone on this thread except you does you idiot so does that answers ur question? u must not have kids.
o boy

Glendale, KY

#13 Apr 4, 2012
bully back wrote:
I know it may seem bad, but teach the child who is bullied that is OK to stand up and FIGHT back!! Usually once a bully finds themselves in the situation where they can't BULLY, they move on to another victim or maybe QUIT.
I was always very small as a child, and eventually by middle school, I had enough. Smacked the hell out of one of the people making fun of me and guess what - NONE OF THE LITTLE WITCHES said anything again!! They left me alone because I finally fought back and my real friends stood right behind me too! Dared any of the others to say anything too!!
(i removed some of ur quote to shorten the reply to)
but i totally agree with you and i have taught my sons the very same thing. one of them had no choice but to plow one down that had been carrying on a bunch of bull n threatning to hit him.my son said come on and do it. well he did and got his a$# jacked up good! didnt take too long for word to get around the school that u dont want to cross him. lol..and i was very proud he did it and would have supported him whatever punishment he had to take he would do it but he wouldnt lose anything with mama. his teacher knew his personality and knew that he had been pushed to the limit. he did what a real human man should have done...politely turned his head and didnt see a thing:)
John Cox School

Columbia, KY

#14 Apr 5, 2012
If your child is suffering physical bullying, check out John Cox's martial arts. Your child can learn to defend themself without feeling they are there to learn to kick someone's butt. Your child can be taught to control themselves but be able to defend him/herself if touched by another student. They can also make new friends that no one will want to mess with. I learned martial arts years ago in another state and it helped me when I needed it in high school. I have known John for years and he will do a good job. Good luck

Since: Mar 11

Location hidden

#15 Apr 10, 2012
Bullying is a very serious issue, and although I think that it has always existed, I believe that it is even worse in this day and age. It happens at all levels, from public school to private. I am a nonviolent person and have taught my child to avoid physical aggression. I was wrong. Bullies will not stop on their own. Teachers are often at a loss to prevent it because it happens in bathrooms, on the bus, on the playground. If a child speaks up, he's labeled a tattler. I am trying to reeducate my child to stand up for himself. He is small in stature, but very strong. If he wanted to he could probably flatten his tormentors. But, shame on me. When he got in trouble very early on (preschool level) for fighting with children, I worked too hard to teach him to solve problems with logic, not with fists. In this world, that's the wrong approach for survival.
retrain

Richmond, KY

#16 Apr 11, 2012
I wish every kid that was bullied in elementary school would just PUNCH the bully!! Maybe if this happened more often, we wouldn't have shootings in high school!!! Good kids who are tormented every day of their lives eventually snap. STOP IT before it gets that far. My kids have my FULL permission to take up for themselves and if they feel threatened, HIT IF NEEDED. I don't condone fighting and always say try to talk it out first, then walk away, if you are followed, turn and make your stand. It may happen once, but usually that's the end.

My heart really breaks for kids who are bullied. Has anyone heard about the new movie coming out called BULLY? I think it should be mandatory in every school in Marion County! Maybe kids would come together a little more.
uNDERSTANDABLE CONCERNED

Lexington, KY

#17 Apr 11, 2012
I am really disappointed in the administration at LMS. Mr. Brady and Mr. Farmer are not addressing the issue. It is bad at LMS and their solution is ISD. Sending a child who obviously has some confidence or behavior issues to ISD is crazy. Teach this child what is right and wrong or get them the counceling they need to get over the problems they have and inturn maybe that will help stop some of the bullying. One thing they need to do, at the beginning of the year go to each classroom and explain that bullying is NOT accepted and if you are caught doing it this is your punishment and stick with it!! Kids keep bullying because they can get away with it.
dang

Bardstown, KY

#18 Apr 12, 2012
I have a child in the Marion Co schools system who is constantly bullied and mistreated and no one at the school has done anything to help. Everything from being gossiped about, nasty notes written on desks, a lot of awful things written on Skype and Facebook, and even physical attacks on my child. I hope you can bring about some change in the school system because I wish there was something I could do for my little one.
just my opinion

Elizabethtown, KY

#19 Apr 12, 2012
dang wrote:
I have a child in the Marion Co schools system who is constantly bullied and mistreated and no one at the school has done anything to help. Everything from being gossiped about, nasty notes written on desks, a lot of awful things written on Skype and Facebook, and even physical attacks on my child. I hope you can bring about some change in the school system because I wish there was something I could do for my little one.
Is there any way we could instill in the good children to stand together, and stand up for each other against bullying.
wont

New Haven, KY

#20 Apr 12, 2012
just my opinion wrote:
<quoted text>Is there any way we could instill in the good children to stand together, and stand up for each other against bullying.
most kids say they will and wont

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