I was bullied as a kid. And, as much as I hate to admit it, I was a bully, too. That was over 25 years ago. Today, bullying takes a much nastier and more serious tone.
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Far too often we hear of the Marjorie Raymonds - http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20111130/quebec-teen-bullying-suicide-111130/, and the Asher Browns - http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20019163-10391704.html.
What tragedy. What waste. What can schools do? Our school in the Midwest is not immune to bullying. No school is. We battle it as teachers; we torment over it as parents. It reaches beyond our brick and mortar. It lurks out in a cyber world that few of us understand. What can we do for our Generation Ys?
We need to somehow reach the kids. Students like those at Waukee High School can make us all proud in their efforts:
At the middle school level, though, we first need to “get it” from our students’ perspective. Using Google Forms, we put together a brief survey to help us address the perceptions of our students about our school climate. I would be happy to share the link with you; just ask!
This small window into the minds of our students will help us gauge how they feel about our school…and then take steps toward improvements. School must be a safe place. School must be a positive place. It must be a place to learn, to grow, to develop personal and social skills to cope with the cruelties that can exist outside in the real world. It is our hope to reach the summit – together – for our kids.