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Lets protect the children from EVERYTHING and at all costs. What ever happened to dealing with problems, challenging bullies, and becoming emancipated from parents? It's no wonder that children now live with their parents until they are 35 years old. The time is now to WAKE UP and help students work on coping skills.
The code of law in most states recognizes the existence of a NEXUS as a point of deciding to discipline any behavior outside of school that affects students inside a school.
The determination of NEXUS should lie with several individual officials in schools and not a single opinion.
Cyberbullying should be a punishable crime and a severe warning to all who engage in this behavior including children and adults.
Who is affected by this intolerable behavior?
The answer is everyone involved- police, students, teachers, parents, guidance dept., pschologists, principals...the Some states and countries esp. England have strong enforcement of cyberbullying and this includes social networking sites that need to police their sites for cyberbullying as well.
Possibly new police or enforcment jobs can be created that do not exist now to help the police and school systems create programs like DARE- drug and alcohol awareness...
This is a large problem that isn't going away. The great majority of public school sytems do not deal affectively with this issue... I don't know if they want to or know how to? The DARE program or one like this can be created to address this in an Internet Awareness Program... IAP that should be offered in primary grades and refreshed in guidance in the first year of high school.
Why do we not care enough to make this a mandatory in all public schools?
Guidance and teachers and principals can offer a discussion for free????
It doesn't need to cost one penny...but think of the consequences if we continue to ignore it...more legal battles, YouTube issues. We need to think of the children first and make an action plan now!
There should definitely be campus-based discipline. When activities that occur off campus impact learning, consequences should be imposed. Whether parents are involved at home, whether law enforcement is involved, may make some difference in what those consequences are, but every student must know that we ARE part of the same society they enter when they leave the school. In order to keep my classroom a safe place to learn, I MUST ensure that outside distractions, from abuse to bullying to neglect, are not allowed to reduce the confidence my students feel that this will be a safe, calm, and non-threatening environment where they can try and fail without fearing embarrassment or threat.
There are other ways to handle such things. The Educrats do not need to meddle in those things happening after school & off campus; that is the parental zone. That's why we have the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
When I was a kid, schools were our second parents. And guess what - kids were MUCH better behaved. If a fight took place after school, even in a distant park or parking lot, the school intervened. Why? Because without the school, how else would those kids have mixed? Furthermore, how do you think word traveled? If a student is bullying another student, the school has every right and should be expected to get involved. I know of the case you mentioned... and clearly those parents don't care that their daughters were little jerks to a fellow student. Well, if they don't care, it's up to the rest of us to show those little brats that is not the way you should act in society and slandering is a punishable offense. I think the victim should sue the bullies and their families.
Btw, if you want to stop cyberbullying like this, parents should be monitorig Internet activity. Check out our PC Pandora monitoring software.
Call the police. I don't believe it to the school's responsibility to punish students for things that happen inside or outside of school. It is the school's responsibility to report all illegal activities to the proper authority. This is true whether it is a fight in science class or cyberbullying from the library. The proper authority might the parents but it also might be the police.
I don't understand why schools are not considered part of society and society's laws are not enforced in them. School is part of society. Things that happen in a school should be handled like they are in society.
If your story is correct, these girls only know each other, and their conflict originates and continues, from school. Where are the parents? Resolving the issue is the concern, rather than litigation to be allowed to continue bullying.