I was going to write a post about this and then I came across this “Good To Know” segment that Don Shelby had and I really couldn’t have said it better myself.
“A story Wednesday night got a lot of you talking. A Minnesota teacher is accused of slapping a student because the boy taunted an overweight girl. A lot of you e-mailed Don. And he found that depending on your age, the solution to bullying changes.
First, the boy in question, according to his Mom and Dad, is an A-Honor Roll student, participates in choir, band, sports, and is an all around good kid they said, and they add, he is not a bully.
He did call a student a name, and that set off the teacher.
He says he didn’t slap the boy, but witnesses say he did.
Most of the e-mailers had been victims of taunting and bullying. They said the scars remain.
Some older e-mailers said that back in the day, teachers could handle such situations, short of mayhem, and parents sided with the teachers.
Maybe this kid was out of line, maybe the teacher, according to the law, the teacher was out of line if the accusations are true.
Somebody said sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me. The guy who wrote that didn’t know what he was talking about.”
I don’t necessarily think a teacher needs to slap a child but on the other hand, I abhor bullying. I also feel parents are to quick to think their little “darlings” are never in the wrong. I’ve seen it and it had a big part in to why I no longer do what I used to do. I feel far to often parents either turn a blind eye or just believe their kids without questioning them. I always told my kids that if they got into trouble at school, they would be in trouble when they got home. I didn’t always agree with the teacher but I stood next to them most of the time because working in the school, I saw kids lying every day if they thought they were going to get into trouble at home. You know what, the kids who knew their parents would believe them NO MATTER WHAT, were the worst ones.
What do you think?