Saturday, 30 June 2012

No School For You, Bully! But Did We Fix Anything?

No School For You, Bully! But Did We Fix Anything?:

 "The news broke last night that the 4 middle schoolers who were caught on tape tormenting their bus monitor received a year's suspension from riding the bus as well as school.  A whole school year!  So while many cheered at the justice being served, I shook my head and once again thought about how we dole out punishment in the American educational system.

I am not here to argue that what they did was in any way justifiable.  I am not here to argue that they should not be punished.  But a year's suspension?  Since when does any bullying incident result in a whole year away from school?  This seems to be another case of media sensationalism leading to excessive punishment, without actually thinking about how these kids could be helped instead.  Where is the repair?  The discussion of what led to all of this?  The plan for something like this to not happen again?"
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