Anti-bullying steps by Anoka-Hennepin schools raise hopes

  • Article by: MARIA ELENA BACA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 6, 2012 - 12:07 PM

Many say changes made this year by Anoka schools are for better. Many say Anoka schools' moves to combat bullying are for better. .

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rshacklefordJun. 5, 1211:53 PM

"He (Keith Lester) said Anoka-Hennepin's ability to hear out people of different ideologies, then take action, was a lesson in leadership during a time of political antipathy." ---- Leadership?! If not for the horrible deaths, national spotlight, resultant lawsuits, and angry students, absolutely nothing would have changed and we all know that. Be careful of the P.A.L.'s you meet in life that try and force their beliefs upon you. And, read Strib article "Lessons learned from teaching" by Michael Kennedy and take special note of the VERY FIRST ITEM. It is time to carve-up D11.

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jtoatoktoeJun. 6, 12 1:22 AM

There is bullying at every school. Always has been, always will be.

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comment229Jun. 6, 12 6:20 AM

You can write anti bullying policies all day long, but there is only one way to stop bullying and that is to get rid of the bully. I am not advocating for zero tolerance, but bullying is a result of learned behaviors and ignorance. If I don't like a certain group or person, the best policy I was taught by my parents, was to stay away, and live and let live. I wonder what the bully's parents are teaching them?

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gcrileyJun. 6, 12 7:19 AM

jtoatoktoe Jun. 6, 12 1:22 AM There is bullying at every school. Always has been, always will be. --- Really so that makes it right? Cannot decide if this is apathy or pathetic, probably both but it does explain why it goes on.

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fifteen30Jun. 6, 12 7:48 AM

That may be true, jtoatoktoe, but bullying has changed... bullied kids don't get a break at home anymore. The bullying follows them home online and in texts 24/7. Ignoring it won't make it go away.

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muggsh2oJun. 6, 1212:26 PM

jtoatoktoe Jun. 6, 12 1:22 AM There is bullying at every school. Always has been, always will be. --- Really so that makes it right? Cannot decide if this is apathy or pathetic, probably both but it does explain why it goes on. =========================== Wow - instead of yelling at the original writer, try to understand where the person is coming from. When you look at the increase in the number of suicides of school age, bullying is the easy excuse. However, many other problems are equally responsible and those are not addressed. Now we're going to have kids being prosecuted for simple teasing because if this "comprehensive" policy. That's a problem. Our society tends to criminalize things that are not as big of a problem as they are made out to be. Bullying to the point of causing suicide is very rare. How about dealing with the family of the deceased? Or their exposure to television, video games, internet, phones, etc. These things are equally if not more to blame than bullying.

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mattlarsonmlJun. 6, 12 2:56 PM

What a complete waste of money this has been. The parents of these kids on both sides of it should be ashamed of themselves. Start being parents and get yourself involved in your kids lives and quit blaming the teachers or schools eveytime something happens to them or your kid does something wrong.

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Flash_GordonJun. 6, 12 6:24 PM

As a person who has spent thousands of days in Anoka-Hennepin classrooms as a teacher, sub, and volunteer, I can tell you that there are thousands of adults who stop bullying every time they see it every day of the year. I can also tell you that kids bullying kids are copying adult behavior-and bullies are everywhere-in business, politics, and yes, the classroom! It is NEVER okay!

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legalcommentJun. 11, 1210:11 PM

I attended Anoka-Hennepin School district all my 13 school years. Most bullies are insecure, are trying to build-up their own self-esteem thru condemning others, and suffer from "mob-mentality". The school district spends $500,000 so the bullies can bully? Wouldn't it just be cheaper not to bully? Just tolerate.

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louloubelleJun. 13, 1211:55 PM

It's time to stop calling it Bullying and call it what it is Assault! And prosecute it! It's comments like "this will always go on" that make it seem like it is something that is OK....It would not be tolerated in the adult world or the work environment. Our kids need to be protected from abuse wherever it comes from.

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