Bullying happens on almost a daily basis to students, teachers, bus drivers, monitors and teachers aides. Whats it going to take, another Columbine disaster, before our school boards and administrators/principals take this problem seriously?
In Florida, where I have been a substitute teacher for over 12 years, the problem is only getting worse. Schools have a police officer called a resource officer assigned to each school to monitor and control student behavior.
What are our schools becoming? Probably in a few years we will need metal detectors in our schools. Just recently, I read about a loaded gun being brought by a student into middle school.
A 68-year-old bus monitor was bullied and harassed by middle-school students. I read many comments in my USA Today criticizing the bus monitor for not doing her job. Have you ever worked as a bus monitor? Or driven a school bus? Dont go there unless you have firsthand knowledge of how the schools operate and how todays students behave/misbehave.
With the recent suicides as a result of bullying, I believe those students guilty of bullying should be held in contempt and face criminal charges. Their parents should be held accountable also.
This is a very serious problem that must be addressed by all school boards regardless of the size of their school district. Better act now before its too late and we have more suicides occurring because of students behavior.
Douglas C. Eberhart