I've recently finished reading the Jodi Picoult book '19 minutes'.
This book was so powerful & chilling and unfortunately too realistic in our ever violent society.
It was about a school shooting. It told the story of the build up
of the bullying that led to the shooters final breakdown and retaliation. As horrific as his crimes were, I felt very empathetic and moved by the shooters (short) life story. I just can't shake how this book made me feel.
Something has to be done to protect kids from falling victim to the sick,relentless teasing and abuse of bullies. Usually I like to keep my posts light and fun but I really need to voice something here on my blog. My only platform to promote awareness, my miniscule platform but my way to air my feelings. I NEEd to talk about a fact that wasn't included in this provoking book. The fact that bullying is Not only carried out by students, but by teachers as well. Teachers, when they are insensitive, ignorant, malicious, can in fact, destroy a child's school and social life. If a teacher constantly picks on an academically weak student, by belittling them in front of their peers. Every day, making that child feel inadequate, Every day,Yelling and name calling. Choosing to sit on that child's desk to teach her lesson so she can constantly point her finger at the students papers and say WRONG! What is that teacher breeding in her classroom? She is breeding hatred and resentment towards that ostracized student. She is allowing the naive,impressionable children in her class to believe, that THAt weak student isn't worthy of their respect, their friendship, their tolerance either. She is creating a detrimental situation for an innocent student that can last their entire school career, setting them up to be a victim of continual bullying grade after grade as they ascend with the same group of swayed students. Too often a young, sensitive child, doesn't feel comfortable enough to voice the degree of terror going on in his or her classroom. It's embarrassing, It's threatening and scary. Kids typically believe it MUSt be their own fault.
Administrators visit the classroom periodically, but that doesn't cut down on this type of situation. Teachers are on their best behavior when being sporadically observed. What can be done to prevent this type of bullying? Perhaps it should be mandatory to have at least one teacher aid in each classroom? Someone to bear witness and step up if an abusive situation was to arise? Most districts would argue the expense of such an implementation, but what price can you put on the well being of our children, especially when they are away from their parents watchful, loving eyes? What can parents do to ensure their kids will verbalize a bullying,even if it's coming from someone they've been taught they can trust?
what do you think?
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