Rosenblum: Antibullying effort creative, but might backfire

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 5, 2013 - 8:20 PM

A well-intentioned antibullying strategy has been lighting up social networks this week. I applaud those behind it for their understandable desire to protect children from the cruelty of some of their peers.

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johnmcfaddenJun. 8, 13 8:40 AM

Progressives rarely think about the unintended consequences of their well intentioned plans for solving the very pressing need of the microsecond that demands their attention and "repair". Think things like the complete idiocy that is "zero tolerance" , a girl can now go one block off campus and get one step emergency contraception and never tell her parents, a counselor, a doctor. But if that same girl gives a aspirin to a classmate with a headache she is dang near ridden out on a rail, zero tolerance. Little boys can no longer make a imaginary pistol to shoot a bad guy, zero tolerance. Oh and Never chew parts off of a pop tart that someone else thinks looks like a gun or you will be suspended, zero tolerance. It will be interesting now that the "zero tolerance" crowd which has done so much to enrich our lives so much "solves" this bullying issue, that will work out (sarcasm off)

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comment229Jun. 8, 13 3:34 PM

I don't know about zero tolerance, but I do know that problems on school buses almost completely disappeared when cameras were installed. All of a sudden, parents who were in denial could actually watch their kid create the problems. Maybe we need cameras in classrooms and hallways of all schools..... unless, of course, someone things that would infringe on a bully's rights.

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comment229Jun. 8, 13 3:38 PM

Further... if you want to stop bullying, give the schools the power to stop it, indirectly. When an incident happens, and it is a bullying situation, give the bully exactly one more chance.... and when the second incident happens, allow the school to take action other than suspension. Expel the kid. But, why are schools reluctant to do that? Public schools must provide for that kid's education and transportation to another school. Private schools, do not have that mandate. If a bully's parents are told that "one more time and he is out" and THE PARENTS are responsible for finding another school, then I would be willing to bet the bullying behavior changes in a hurry.

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