I have a neice that goes to SHS and her councelor could care less. She has been bullied and stalked on campus, and we have gone to school I don't know how many times and their attitute is we will take care of it. Even my nephew tells me of how less the teachers could care, his teacher cusses at the students in class, and they let the black kids run the place because they are scared of them. When I tell them to see a councelor or teacher he laughs. He tells me it is hard to find anyone at SHS who cares, most teachers, councelors hate their jobs and all they hear is we have ove 900 students we can't babysit just one, grow up. I asked about the resource monitor they have to help and both said he sits in one place all day watching the girls go by. So on tv things look nice and they say all the right thing, but if you ever been through bullying the truth is a little different.
Great post...as usual.
I have a friend who has a daughter attending SHS. She is a local Girl Scout who spearheaded the forming of a student organization, at school, this year. The purpose is to educate others on the aspects of bullying.
I would like to encourage my fellow readers to engage your teenagers and challenge them to become involved.
I proves to me, again, that our children are worth fighting for.
Here's an update to my previous post.
The name of the student organization at SHS is: Stand for the Silent. It is the SHS Chapter of a national organization.
For more info about the national organization: http://www.standforthesilent.org/
Nicely spoken. Conflating the issue of school bullying and the ongoing dialogue (if you can really call it that) on religious expression in school is a very fine line to walk. But there may be some room for the perspective in the letter to the editor you reference.
Christianity is ubiquitous in this area. When I was a sports writer at the Herald, I observed high school football games where prayer was led over the PA system, where coaches took their teams into prayer before and after the game. I wonder how a linebacker raised in the Baha'i faith -- a faith that accepts the teachings of Jesus as part of its own religious identity -- would have fared if he felt compelled to remove himself from this group prayer.
"Bullying" is a popular hot-button term these days. I don't think the pressure to conform itself is bullying. But the response of a not-insubstantial segment of middle and high school kids to those who do not conform to the group can easily veer into bullying.
I am glad to hear that your daughter received quick assistance and then went above and address bullying in an attempt to help others. But some of the conversation in Bulloch County regarding religion and its place in the public school system *is* informed by testimonials like the one in the Herald.
And—though it's no longer a relevant part of my life, Susan—I'd be willing to sit down in a one-to-one conversation (not a blog) and discuss my experiences along these lines while in junior high and high school. You might be surprised.
Mike.... I would always enjoy any opportunity to sit and talk to you on any subject. :-) And I don't think I would be surprised by much. :-) However, my point here is that we don't need to make it appear that Christians are the only ones who bully. And in my personal experience, someone who says they are Christian and bullies, isn't really living out the love of God.
Scott, I appreciate your input. M point here also was that when we are dealing with such a sensitive issue, it is better to stay focused on the facts regarding the specific issue and not allow other issues to be piled on top of it which were not part of the main complaint. There are so many kids in our school system whom I love dearly. They come from all walks of life, all backgrounds, and all sorts of diversity. Each one of them deserves to have their First Amendment rights respected. Nothing is ever going to be perfect, no matter what rules are set in place. But if we want to address the topic of bullying, it has to be done on a grander scale. And I am all for it. :-) but separate form this prior issue.