Bullying has been going on forever, but it keeps getting worse. Talks shows are talking about it to raise awareness of the problem, but we are all already aware of it, aren’t we. How many more suicides have to make the news before some serious action is taken to stop it? Schools will only deal with it if occurs when the children are there. Even then, they don’t seem to take it seriously enough or can only do so much. I’ve heard story after story, where parents have contacted the school time and time again, and very little is done to stop it. The parents of the victims step forward to help their children, but where are the parents of the bullies?
If one of my children was being bullied at school, there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to stop it. Even taking them out of that school and place them into a private school, as a last resort. But not everyone can afford to take their child out of a school and put them into a private school, and then shouldn’t have to. Schools should be given the authority to take extra measures to stop this behavior dead in it’s tracks. Why can’t law enforcement be brought it? This is harassment right? Sometimes it gets physical, and that would qualify as assault or assault and battery. Police reports provide documentation of an ongoing problem, so if you have to take it to court you stand a better chance of the bully being punished.
Once, many years ago, a boy ripped my brother’s new winter coat in junior high school. My mother did not bother talking to school authorities. She took my brother and his coat right down to the police station, filed a complaint and pressed charges for assault. They had their day in court. As it turns out, this bully already had some priors and was sent to juvenile hall. My brother never had a problem with him ever again. My mother wasn’t one to have patience to see what the school was going to do about it, neither would I.
Judge Judy had an excellent idea too. She spoke of hitting the parents of bullies where it hurts! She said if your child is bullying other children the government should not allow you to claim that child on your income taxes for that year. If parents know it’s going to cost them money, that may curtail some of the bullying. However, if your child is being bullied, I believe the parent has to do everything in their power to stop it and not depend on others, who do not have much invested in your child, to take care of it.
This is one problem that needs a solution. Enough talking and more action. We need to keep our kids safe!