If you really think that they are expelling bullies than you are not at all realistic. It may be almost 13 years since my daughter was in high school but I've been in schools to counsel in the last few years. I've seen it (bullying) I've reported it and I've gotten the same response that I got for my daughter and this time I was not a frantic parent I was a professional. Someone even proceeded to tell me what my client was doing to deserve it.<quoted text>So we've moved from my problem to my unwillingness to be honest?
My post was a sarcastic poke at you for dismissing the recently gun control legislation as a straw man while attempting to change the subject to bullying, even talking about laws to require school districts to expel kids who bully (which many of them are doing).
The general conversation about bullying has been going on for quite some time now, and it's far less likely you would encounter the same thing today that you did when your daughter was in school.
(There are 90,000+ public schools divided into 13,000+ public school districts in the United States, along with 20,000+ private schools. You'll find ample anecdotal evidence to claim schools have gone too far in addressing OR that schools are still ignoring the problem.)
People want to find an easy answer to tragedies like Newtown. Most of the coverage of the aftermath of that shooting I saw was on Fox, because by early Saturday morning CNN was blatantly trying to force the conversation to gun control. The NRA (which at least had the decency to wait a bit) turned around and tried to focus on mental illness (and more guns, of course).
The thing is, we have to talk about ALL those things, not just one of them. We do have to talk about mental illness, and how to balance between protecting the public and the privacy of the individual. We do have to talk about ways to close loopholes so that the checks we have in place are universal, not just for shootings like Newtown but for the street gun violence too.
I was being a little facetious about laws to prevent bullying, but it is not any more ridiculous than thinking that you can stop school shootings by refusing to let everyone with a mental health diagnosis have a gun. For teens they can't own one anyway, I thought. So they're going to snatch their mom's or their uncle's or whatever.