I'll go out on a limb and guess this kid is the victim of long term
sustained bullying. Good job on spotting the behavior. Hopefully we can take
care of these situations and teach these kids that lashing out is not the
JJJHS- Ok, but if you say he's a victim of bullying, why teach HIM that
lashing out isn't the right behaviour? Isn't the root cause here the
bullying? I think it more prudent to go after the cause of the problem.
Don't treat the pain with an aspirin, figure out what is causing the pain
and treat it!I do agree that lashing out on his part could have been
catastrophic, and would never want to see that, but I think we need to do more
about the bullying problem that exists in our schools. Anyone who says it
isn't there is blind, very blind!
I have family members at that school and this doesn't surprise me. Despite
the self-congratulatory patting on the back, this school is notorious for
allowing bullying to go unchecked. I know several families who have pulled
their students out because of sexual harassment, bullying, assault, etc. because
when bullying is reported, the school simply shrugs and says, "Boys will be
boys." If he was known to be bullied and to being a bully, why wasn't
something done about it months ago? This kid had had enough and was fantasizing
about getting back at those who made school hostile and hellish and he was
forced into it day after day. I do not justify his actions.
He'll rightly suffer the full extent of the law. But shouldn't the
next step for the school be to search out and punished the kids who bullied this
young man as well? Or even better, established school policies that cut
bullying off before it pushed someone to the breaking point? I really hope this
finally moves the administrators at Rocky Mountain MS to action. Its time to
wake up and start managing your school.