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My son was a student at another Hamilton County Middle School several years ago and was also bullied by a student in PE class. When I called and spoke to the coach over the class and told him what was going on his remark was, " that is one of my football players and I have had him for several years as his coach...he wouldn't do anything like that." I told him I would go to the principal if it didn't stop. He called me back and had talked to the boy and was surprised that he admitted to bullying and he told him to stop or he was off the team for good. No other problems while we were at the school. But please be aware it is not just the boys...girls are also involved but perhaps get away with it more...I would say they probably call it "drama". These boys involved should be expelled from Hamilton County Schools...no student should have to go to school in fear.
hcdeparent, I'm glad the coach took matters into his own hands and handled the problem. Most teachers and others have looked the other way, became a part of the bullying themselves, and even gone after the victim when a parent complained, especially when the bully is popular.
Yeah, because if a kid does something bad you should kick them out of school. Disrupting a kid's education will definitely help a bully change and not act out anymore. It would be stupid to keep them in school, address why they bully other kids and change their behavior. No, instead let's just expel them. Idiots.
Bullying will continue until adults in charge give them a punishment with teeth. Counseling, probation, or a "talk" from the principal or coach is worthless. Doesn't all this sound a bit like the hot water so many are in up in Pennsylvania now???
And the term "bullying" should be clearly defined. Is it merely the pranks of children or the clearly criminal behvior of these boys? Also when adults are involved like in Pennsylvania, it muddies the waters. We are talking about children bullying children. There should be clear concise definitions of "bullying" terms and also clear concise punishments for the offenses. If not, then this term "bullying" could be applied to all things from minor infractions to more serious criminal behaviors and the punishments will not "fit the crimes." Bullying should not be tolerated but there are so many ways to be a bully in today's society, we need to be clear about accepatble behaviors. Expelling children is not the answer in all cases.