I just read an article in which three Downingtown Middle School students were "disciplined" for bullying another student on the bus and I had to laugh. It was quoted that these incidents are not the norm and that bullying is taken very seriously. Really? I as a parent reported several incidents of bullying on the bus when my boys were in Middle School and MY boys were the ones counselled. Rarely were any steps taken to take the trouble makers off that bus or any bus for that matter. In fact for two years of the three that my boys attended DMS I drove them to school because the bullying was so bad. I see it now at the bus stops young men calling other young girls and boys names and stepping in their way so that the kids have to walk in the street around them, kids walking home with tears in their eyes because they have been pushed around to an extreme amount and those are the minor occurrences that I happen to witness.
Then if the parents are called in for a "parent conference" it is plain to see where the offenders get their behavior. The parents develop an attitude of "Not my child" and "My kid said he/she didn't do it so that's all there is to it and you better not discipline him/her." It seems that this time there is video to back up the claims and the police were contacted so the district cannot squirm out of this one by just saying appropriate actions were taken. Oh yeah bullying is taken seriously when a possible lawsuit is hanging over your heads, but don't try and delude the rest of us into thinking that it is taken that seriously by anyone in the district. But most of all DO NOT hand any of the parents of kids who have been bullied the line., "Kids will be kids" because the kind of behavior that these little miscreants are displaying is way beyond being crappy to another student it plain bad seed material.