Schools are not doing enough to protect against bullies

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

The suicide of a 15-year-old high school student is a tragedy that could have and should have been avoided.

The sad truth is that the school system is unable to deal with the problem of bullying. For 10 years, this young man was consistently shoved, pushed, taunted and also deliberately banged on the head with a locker door by one of the bullies, resulting in a cut requiring stitches. This should not have been brushed off by the high school as an “accident.”

Now more and more students are stepping up and telling horrifying stories of being bullied. These incidents have been reported to the school teachers, administrators and the principal, but nothing was done except for talking to the bullies. This does nothing and the bullying continues.

Why isn’t there a plan in place to have the parents of the bullies and the parents of the bullied promptly meet with the teachers, administrators and the juvenile officers of the police department?

The time has come for parents to realize that they must get very involved and take charge in helping their children. Each family must figure out how best to handle the situation.

When we were young, our parents gave us their full support in solving our bullying problems. We did the same for our children when they were young and bullied at all three levels of the Greenwich school system. Our calls to the high school headmaster went unheeded.

Waiting for the administrators in the school system and for the police department to deal with this serious problem may only result in more tragedies.

We have high hopes for the high school students who have organized a group to deal with this problem. But the bullying seems to start at the grade school and middle school levels. How do we deal with that?

 

Kay and John Terzi
Riverside

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