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    It's perplexing.  I think part of it is negative incentives.  Principals have the responsibility to report bullying, but if they decide incidents are not bullying, they don't have to report them.  Teachers would like to stop bullying, but if the principal has decided a situation is not bullying, they aren't going to rock the boat with their principals.

    I pulled my son out of school entirely, to homeschool.  One reason was he wasn't learning sufficiently.  The other reason was bullying.  And I'd say that what bothered me more wasn't the asshole kids who were bullying him.  It was the supposed adults who were really not giving a shit.  

    The principal could tell me with a straight face that it all wasn't bullying.  Her supervisors said 'well, she said it isn't bullying so goodbye.' The teacher stopped even answering my calls.  Other parents could tell me they sympathized, knew the principal was lying, and worried about him, but what could they do?

    Having difficulty with other children in an environment of responsible adults is something we could and can handle.  Being the target of bullying in a moral vacuum like the school he went to was unsustainable.  

    •  I had a similar experience (5+ / 0-)
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      cotterperson, Theden, 2thanks, sb, JayRaye

      I have mostly forgiven the kids who bullied me. We could never be friends, of course, but I've gotten past my anger with them. They didn't know any better. The adults are another story. I will never forgive the teachers who ignored the bullying at best and subtly encouraged it at worst.

      Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

      by RamblinDave on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 06:52:07 AM PDT

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