Bullying in America and around the world has been growing by geometric portions. Not only are we reaching high levels of bullying, but bullying is now been the cause of deaths in America and elsewhere. It is time that we take a position on this topic and develop solutions to help eliminate bullying at every level. We find bullying at home, churches, schools and in the playground. Bullying takes many forms, from physical abuse to illegal actions and even mental abuse.
BTV has taken upon itself to create an international Anti bullying campaign directed in identifying the bullying techniques and creating legal platforms to hold the community directly accountable for their actions. This would include teachers, school administrators, families and the bully in question. The bully in question we perceive as victims. After all, bullying is a learned attitude and character trait. The best way to eliminate bullying is through education and strong enforcement of the code for those violators. By example: we in trust our children to a school system that has fiduciary responsibility to protect our children. If a teacher fails to identify bullying or worst identifies it but does little or nothing to correct it, that teacher should be held accountable for his or her actions.
We would propose that a first time offender looses a week’s pay; for the second offense they would lose tenure and for the third offense they would lose their job. When a bully is identified that child should be encourage to go through the schools counseling program to receive professional support to help correct the issue and their parents should be made part of this process. The school system as a whole should have the supervisory responsibility by rating teachers in their performance in identifying and handling the bullying problem.
If the school system itself fails to monitor the bullying problem and does not identify and discipline the teachers appropriately, then the board of education should have the right to dismiss the administrators of that specific school or district. In a bullying situation, the children are always the victims and the responsible parties charged with their wellness are not being held accountable for their responsibilities. Let’s give our children a chance and make sure the adults are doing their jobs.