Call for tougher anti-bullying law prompts response: Not so fast

  • Article by: MARIA ELENA BACA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 31, 2012 - 11:47 PM

A task force will give its report -- one that deeply divides educators and legislators -- to Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday.

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wplettfanJul. 31, 12 9:31 PM

Once again we are pushing parent responsibilities onto the schools.

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fwallenJul. 31, 12 9:48 PM

More from the Nanny State. Good time to get out of MN.

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rwr1955Jul. 31, 1210:05 PM

by parent responsibilites you say i can take care of bullys without the school or the police.sounds good to me.

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cambec0523Jul. 31, 1210:36 PM

If you have ever spoken to parents in a school setting who have been brought in to address their child's bullying....not there kid, it is the other kids fault...blah blah blah. You wouldn't believe it. The problems started months before and there is a pattern at school, on text, on facebook and at other functions....yet not their kid. Parents would simply be well served to shut up, listen to exactly what the school is saying, go home and lay the law down to their bully. We need laws because many parents simply cannot fathom that their perfect kid is capable of being a bully, yet everyone else they know, is fully aware of the Eddie Hascal in the room.

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jarlmnJul. 31, 1210:41 PM

The core problem is that we force our children into 13 years of locked-in lock-step by age-cohorts, regardless of their ability, learning style or personal temperament. Then we blithely sit back and wring our hands over peer pressure and bullying, when it is we ourselves who have created and perpetuated the social-cesspool conditions under which it thrives! No "policy" and "conscientiousness-raising" crapola is going to change that. What is actually needed, is to totally dismantle our archaic, industrial-age education system! Sadly, neither conservative parents nor supposedly "progressive" educators *get it*.

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imichelleJul. 31, 1210:52 PM

Parent responsibility is allowing the school to deal with what happens there when it happens. My mother told me 40 years ago, that what ever I did at school I would have to deal with at school, by doing that she gave the authority to the teachers and I knew that I would be held accountable, and I knew who she was going to believe. Consequently, the day that my teacher pulled me aside for picking on a girl that had epilepsy, I responded to what the teacher told me and learned a life long lesson.

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doots799Jul. 31, 1210:52 PM

We are becoming a nation of complete wimps. Just about everyone has been bullied at some point in their lives, it is a part of life. I say unless there is a direct safety threat, man up!!!

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camb24Jul. 31, 1211:12 PM

Man up kids, its part of life!!! Unless there is physical contact, let the kids work it out! If there is physical contact, call the police! PROBLEM SOLVED! Parents, stop making your kids wimps, you're only hurting them in the long run!

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awblnewJul. 31, 1211:58 PM

Actually the bullies are the one's lacking skills (not just the bullied) and letting it simply "run it's course" serves no one. Dinosaurs once walked the earth, too! Addressing the lacking skills (recognizing appropriate boundaries, having self- control, and basic citizenship)at the earliest possible point means less wasted time and opportunities to LEARN, because after all, that's why we pay for kids to be in school.

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arielbenderAug. 1, 12 1:09 AM

camb24Jul. 31, 1211:12 PM Man up kids, its part of life!!! Unless there is physical contact, let the kids work it out! If there is physical contact, call the police! PROBLEM SOLVED! Parents, stop making your kids wimps, you're only hurting them in the long run!_______________You're living in the past....it doesn't work that way anymore. Yeah, when we went to school, we could duke it out after class, but now it's a much more violent world, kids are getting shot and stabbed... add the social network to the mix, and these kids deal with a lot more than we had to.

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