The Wrong Approach to Bullying
Bullying in schools in the UK national news again, being labelled an epidemic in light of two recent horrific attacks on schoolgirls where one had their eye injured with a pair of scissors and another attacked by a gang of girls after received two academic awards.
A Childline worker says that children need to be told right from wrong and be taught respect.
Half right, if that. It is virtually genetic to know right from wrong and if not it sets in at a very early age. The exceptions are ridiculously small and these people have mental conditions. Bullies are fully aware of what is right and wrong but just don't care.
Being taught respect is a good idea, but will not address the problem on its own. The biggest problem is that their is no effective punishment or deterrent. If a child gets the idea in their head that they can bully and receive no consequences for it.
Here is a big wake up call. Suspension is not a punishment. These kids barely want to go to school as it is. Suspension is the worst sentence for wrong-doing going. For the love of all that is Holy, think of something else.
Until bullies find that there will be undesirable consequences to their actions, bullying will continue.
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