I wanted to write a public and personal note in relation to some of the comments made by students in class over the last few weeks to their classmates:
The Bullying Will Stop.
I eluded last week that this is not a small problem, and it is one with exceptionally wide reaching and permenant consequences. Just doing a very quick google search yields a distrubing trend, and the names seem to mount over and over. In Ohio, 4 took their own lives in reaction to bullying at their school. Victims are boys and girls. It can involve common classroom put-downs, and it can involve the use of the internet. I wrote about this earlier this year in reaction to the death of a Rutger's student.
Students who feel that they are the subject of bullying are asked to seek out an administrator, a teacher, their counselor or the school social worker. I, for my part, will follow our school no-tolerance policy and will be referring students as needed to adminsistration.
We can stop this. We ~will~ stop this.
As said by Dr. Jared DeFife, at the beginning of his article for Psychology Today:
No high school student should ever be in a coffin instead of in a cap and gown