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BULLYING: What was the teacher thinking?

Letter by Roberta M. Whelan, Puyallup on Aug. 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm | 10 Comments »
August 30, 2012 4:58 pm

Re: “Parents say child bullied by teacher, classmates” (TNT, 8-29).

What was this teacher thinking? Apparently he even “performed” for his students’ cell phones himself.

How in the world did the Peninsula School District administrators feel that a simple 10-day suspension was “punishment”? Was this reported to Child Protective Services?

This man should have some sort of permanent record, which would ban him forever from having any contact whatsoever with children. Any school administrators or employees who did not report this should be relieved of their positions. They are entrusted with our most precious possessions: our children and our grandchildren.

Another video showed the verbal abuse inflicted on an older woman on a school bus by a group of junior high students in New York. Counseling was ordered for the students. The Peninsula teacher educated his middle school students in forms of abuse on another human being. Those students should receive counseling on how to treat their fellow human beings, and the school district should be held financially responsible.

I hope the young victim and his parents find the very best professionals to help them. At the end of their journey, hopefully, they will find that there truly are good people in this world. It’s the very least that this school district owes to this child and his family.

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