Lowell has anti-bully plan ready for ...

Lowell has anti-bully plan ready for talks

There are 26 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Dec 12, 2010, titled Lowell has anti-bully plan ready for talks. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

School officials will aggressively pursue any reports of bullying or cyberbullying in city schools and, if necessary, notify local law enforcement, according to a draft bullying prevention and intervention plan released by the School Department.

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Teacher

Clinton, MA

#1 Dec 12, 2010
This would be nice if adopted because right now, principals are really ignoring the reports of bullying by students in Lowell.
Teacher

Billerica, MA

#2 Dec 12, 2010
Teasing is a natural result of interaction. Simply kick out the elements that are truly disruptive to the learning process or at least send them somewhere else. I don't care if an A student gets called "gay" or "nerd" walking down the hallway, I do care if he's unable to learn to the best of his abilities because he's sharing a classroom with an 80 IQ caveman hellbent on disrupting the classroom.
been there

Tewksbury, MA

#3 Dec 12, 2010
In my experience, it is sometimes the "A" Student or the football player who can get away with bullying. The principal doesn't want to do anything to hurt the "superstars" of the school but would gladly get rid of the unsuccesssful victims instead.
tree

United States

#4 Dec 12, 2010
And all this "bullying" is new?? its been going on for years.....and will always!!!
Beware

Hudson, NH

#5 Dec 13, 2010
Schools can put plans in place all they want. It won't change anything if the Superintendent doesn't want to follow it. In fact, the plan can make it worse for the victim. If someone comes forward to report a bullying situation and the administration doesn't do anything about it; it gives more power to the bully AND retaliation is greater. Don't trust the school administration to take care of it.
dummy

Dracut, MA

#6 Dec 13, 2010
taser, baby. taze 'em all.
online bullying hurts too

Lowell, MA

#7 Dec 13, 2010
Teacher wrote:
Teasing is a natural result of interaction. Simply kick out the elements that are truly disruptive to the learning process or at least send them somewhere else. I don't care if an A student gets called "gay" or "nerd" walking down the hallway, I do care if he's unable to learn to the best of his abilities because he's sharing a classroom with an 80 IQ caveman hellbent on disrupting the classroom.
Are you really a teacher? You don't think that what the student experiences in the hallway follows him or her into the classroom? You don't think that the endorsement, or at least tacit consent, of a hostile learning environment affects a students' performance? Really? Really?!

As adults, we're encouraged to "rise above" bullying, to be the bigger person. Young people need more than rhetoric they need to see that there is a supportive leadership. they need to see that their teachers care about them as individuals. If you really feel this way about bullying, perhaps you would best serve your students by a change in careers.
Pabst Blue Ribbon Winner

Stoneham, MA

#8 Dec 13, 2010
This is why I send my son to an all white school
Mike J

Lakeland, FL

#9 Dec 13, 2010
The next thing will be a law against teasing fellow employees! Give me a break. The powers that be are supposed to be teaching, not playing mommy and daddy. It's part of growing up. Trying to make everything politically correct is impossible folks. We're human. What's going to happen when these poor little kids join the armed forces? Stop spoiling the heck out of them and start teaching them to be responsible. We as humans are supposed to "learn" from our mistakes, not make laws so we can't learn.
James

Lexington, MA

#10 Dec 13, 2010
Pabst Blue Ribbon Winner wrote:
This is why I send my son to an all white school
Because whites don't bully? Have you ever seen Back to the Future?
Grateful

Lowell, MA

#11 Dec 13, 2010
It all starts at home. If parents talk to their kids and teach them good values like humility and honesty, then they are less likely to become bullies.

That's a tall task in a city like Lowell. Most kids don't know who their fathers are, and most mothers are too busy trying to score crack, so there are no family values.
Pabst Blue Ribbon Winner

Stoneham, MA

#12 Dec 13, 2010
James wrote:
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Because whites don't bully? Have you ever seen Back to the Future?
Ha ha ha!! Awesome reply!!

BIFF!! Make like a tree and get out of here!
been there

Tewksbury, MA

#13 Dec 13, 2010
Mike J wrote:
The next thing will be a law against teasing fellow employees! Give me a break. The powers that be are supposed to be teaching, not playing mommy and daddy. It's part of growing up. Trying to make everything politically correct is impossible folks. We're human. What's going to happen when these poor little kids join the armed forces? Stop spoiling the heck out of them and start teaching them to be responsible. We as humans are supposed to "learn" from our mistakes, not make laws so we can't learn.
Teasing fellow employees is called harassment in the workplace. It's not acceptable.
been there

Tewksbury, MA

#14 Dec 13, 2010
Beware wrote:
Schools can put plans in place all they want. It won't change anything if the Superintendent doesn't want to follow it. In fact, the plan can make it worse for the victim. If someone comes forward to report a bullying situation and the administration doesn't do anything about it; it gives more power to the bully AND retaliation is greater. Don't trust the school administration to take care of it.
Agreed. The bully becomes untouchable. It happens all the time. Athletes and Nat. honor society kids can do anything they want.
been there

Tewksbury, MA

#15 Dec 13, 2010
Grateful wrote:
It all starts at home. If parents talk to their kids and teach them good values like humility and honesty, then they are less likely to become bullies.
That's a tall task in a city like Lowell. Most kids don't know who their fathers are, and most mothers are too busy trying to score crack, so there are no family values.
Some bullys are from 2 family homes. Many who have parents on the school committee or some other town office and do quite a bit of bullying themselves.
what

Hinesburg, VT

#16 Dec 13, 2010
Mike J wrote:
The next thing will be a law against teasing fellow employees! Give me a break. The powers that be are supposed to be teaching, not playing mommy and daddy. It's part of growing up. Trying to make everything politically correct is impossible folks. We're human. What's going to happen when these poor little kids join the armed forces? Stop spoiling the heck out of them and start teaching them to be responsible. We as humans are supposed to "learn" from our mistakes, not make laws so we can't learn.
Bullying is NOT a part of growing up. Only bullies say this comment. It gives them the excuse to bully. They make it sound like it is no big deal, so they can feel better about being an @$$hole. I far from 'spoil' my kids, but it IS my JOB to PROTECT them. If they get bullied, I WILL put a stop to it. If they bully, I will put a stop to it. PERIOD!! Back in the day you could just tell your kid to protect yourself and kick the crap out of the bully, but now if they protect themselves, you get suspended or expelled and get charges brought up on you. YOU SEE, some kids actually give a crap about their future and what college they attend. Plus they care about having a police record. I want to know WHY SHOULD THEY GET NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES FOR PROTECTING THEMSELVES? Why is so much attention being put on teachers and not the parents in regards to bullying? WHERE are the parents of the bully and why aren't they being held accountable for raising disruptive, rude and disrespectful kids? If a teacher EVER called my parents and said I was bullying or teasing someone, I would have gotten punished for it and I would have been brought by my ear to that kids home and told to apologize.
Grateful

Lowell, MA

#17 Dec 13, 2010
been there wrote:
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Some bullys are from 2 family homes. Many who have parents on the school committee or some other town office and do quite a bit of bullying themselves.
If you stay involved with your kids--know where they are, what they're doing and who they're hanging around with, they are far less likely to be bullying.

When parents are lazy and let their kids do whatever they want, bullying and other bad behavior follows.
Umm ya

Arlington, MA

#18 Dec 13, 2010
Liberal Nanny's...you make me ill.

Again if you think in another years time the cops are going to be there to save you, you better think again.
tree

Houston, TX

#19 Dec 13, 2010
It is a pitiful sad state of affairs that a bullied child cannot fight back to protect themself in fear of being charged equally with the bully. the best way to stop bullying is for the bullyee to strike back......without fear of police involvement etc.
Amused

Lowell, MA

#20 Dec 13, 2010
what wrote:
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Bullying is NOT a part of growing up. Only bullies say this comment. It gives them the excuse to bully. They make it sound like it is no big deal, so they can feel better about being an @$$hole. I far from 'spoil' my kids, but it IS my JOB to PROTECT them. If they get bullied, I WILL put a stop to it. If they bully, I will put a stop to it. PERIOD!! Back in the day you could just tell your kid to protect yourself and kick the crap out of the bully, but now if they protect themselves, you get suspended or expelled and get charges brought up on you. YOU SEE, some kids actually give a crap about their future and what college they attend. Plus they care about having a police record. I want to know WHY SHOULD THEY GET NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES FOR PROTECTING THEMSELVES? Why is so much attention being put on teachers and not the parents in regards to bullying? WHERE are the parents of the bully and why aren't they being held accountable for raising disruptive, rude and disrespectful kids? If a teacher EVER called my parents and said I was bullying or teasing someone, I would have gotten punished for it and I would have been brought by my ear to that kids home and told to apologize.
True. All the "zero tolerance" nonsense is just a retreat from the exercise of common sense. Punishing kids who are defending themselves is just educators abdicating their responsibilities. It is easier to have s simple, inflexible, "one size fits all" rule that can be applied mechanically than it does to look at each situation on its own merits and make the punishment fit the infraction. Modern "educators" simply don't have the courage to make decisions, so they hide behind ridiculous policies that don't require them to make decisions. If a school decides that defending yourself against aggression is unacceptable, it is enabling aggression. If you teach kids that defending yourself against aggression is as wrong as being an aggressor, you are grooming a generation of defenseless kids without the backbone to stand up for themselves. Somehow, I don't think that's an educational goal worth pursuing.

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