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  •  I also think schools have to deal with bullying (8+ / 0-)

    Kids in their teens are finding themselves - who they are, where they fit in, how to dress, what they like, etc. And especially if you're new to the school (whether a freshman or moved from someplace else) you feel like a little fish in  a big pond. Some kids just aren't gregarious or outgoing. Others take it to the extreme.
    But for too long schools have turned a blind eye towards the outright bullies as well as the more benign ones. The outright ones beat kids up, steal their money, make fun of kids with cruel language and taunts. The benign are the clicks, the cool kids, the jocks and cheerleaders. They too, even though many are smart and might be school heroes to some, also engage in a form of bullying by treating those not in the cool group with insults, or by talking about a person when they're near and then looking and laughing.
    We all know these actions take all forms and degrees. But schools need to pay attention to what goes on in the hallways between classes, in the lunchroom, etc.
    We've had too many kids who felt ostracized and then either gone off or committed suicide.
    Young minds are impressionable. And in today's society, where we are both instantly connected (social media) as well as separated, kids can more easily fall through the cracks.

    Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

    by MA Liberal on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 11:54:26 AM PST

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