What annoys me about this entire situation is the school’s response to this boy and his parents. The parents notified the school over and over about the bullying (both verbal and physical). Finally, this kid is tackled and he strikes back at the bully.. so he is the one suspended (and he cannot attend his Homecoming Dance). The bully isn’t suspended.. must have had a good laugh when he was able to go to the dance?! This kid must have a target on his back... to be chased while he was doing an interview (meaning there were adults presents when the other boys felt perfectly comfortable to hurt this boy). I am hoping the media attention to this school and its administration brings some changes.
The only way to stop bullying is for the victim to fight back. The mother should tell her kid never to take a punch and to fight back even if he gets in trouble.
Our schools preach this “Conflict Resolution” crap, which equates the bully to the victim....not treating the bully as a perp of assault. This is a big reason why bullying has exploded...bullies know they can get away with it
And, they end up punishing a victim when they defend themselves. The best way to stop bullying is a strong upper cut that busts up the bully’s lip....mindless PsychoBabble does not work.
The parents also need to start pressing assault charges with law enforcement when their kids are bullied, if the school refuses to take action. And, be persistent until you get charges pressed
Bullies and the school administrators who protect them, like the one in this story are the reason so many kids bring weapons to school.
I brought a knife to school on more than one occasion back in the late 70’s early 80’s when this type of crap was going on. In my school it was the same, if a bully started a fight with you and you fought back, YOU would get suspended along with the bully.