Re: “Parents say child bullied by teacher, classmates” (TNT, 8-29).
The response by Peninsula School District in the Kopachuck Middle School bullying incident is very typical.
By definition, bullying is the intimidation, harassment, hounding or oppression of a weaker person – the process of intimidating or mistreating somebody weaker or in a more vulnerable situation. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office is investigating why this incident was not reported to it and Child Protective Services. However, this legal issue typically is not included in the mandatory reporting regulations.
Bullying is not taken seriously, as a societal problem, which is why John Rosi retained his teaching position. It is an acceptable practice to rid society of those people considered different. School systems do not attempt to reduce it because they accept its use. Kids who are bullied often commit suicide or start shooting others as a result of it.
Until we have a firm grasp on bullying, we will continue to see this happening.