Why is bullying an accepted practice in children but called assault in an adult? I mean, why is shoving, hitting, locking someone in a locker, room or dumping them in a trashcan not called what it truly is? Assault is assault no matter the age. Yet all too often I see that it is the victim of bullying treated as if they did the assault, or told they are lying even if they have the bruises to prove they are not. There needs to be an overhaul of the public education system as in the past two months there have been two very public suicides of students. For bullying, and this is sick and wrong and must stop, so here is my list of how to curb bullying:
1. Require age appropriate lessons on what bullying is (harassment training) and why it is not appropriate and wrong.
2. Have teachers taught to intervene in bullying, to stop it before it can really start, make sure they have a authority to do so and back them up when they do stop it.
3. Teach not only diversity but community as well, teach what we have in common not just what makes us different.
4. Age appropriate punishment for bullying, a kindergarten child shoving another student down gets time out while a high school student gets charged with assault. Yes I said the high school student gets charge with assault, they are at the age they know better than to shove someone down and are at the age that yes, (teen though they are) can control all urges to harm someone.
5. Teach “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” really, this could help make a better world, if I can “zip the lip” and not say something hurtful 95% of the time (hey I know I am not perfect but I do try) a teen can learn. Even if it is just at school and on their “social” networking sites.
So those are a few things I thought up that could, if teachers and students started working on them make school much better for many students. I do believe that it could decrease the spate of suicides we have seen in teens.