Is This How You Teach A Bully A Lesson?
This story is gonna raise some eyebrows and even, perhaps, give some folks some ideas...
We all know there are bullies. And we often don't know what to do about them.
A school district in suburban San Antonio, Texas, has dismissed one kindergarten teacher and suspended another for an unusual plan to fight bullying.
Apparently the young teacher at Salinas Elementary School approached an older colleague looking for advice for help dealing with "a bully in her classroom," named Aiden Neely. So The older teacher had Neely, 6, come into her classroom, where she allegedly sat him down, lined up her kindergarten class, and had them smack Neely one-by-one to "teach him why bullying is bad," while she instructed the kids to "Hit him!" and "Hit him harder!"
Neely's teacher stepped in after one child landed a particularly hard blow, then reported the incident two weeks later. Neely's mom, Amy, says she was never contacted about behavioral issues, that her son is not a problem child, and that she wants the older teacher barred from teaching anywhere ever again. Neither teacher has been identified. Even with the dangers of bullying a high-profile topic in education, could this be labeled as anything but a bad idea?
This is all sorts of wrong: Nobody likes a bully, and "there's no doubt a 6-year-old is capable of being cruel and awful, but the answer to bullying is not more bullying, especially if the second bully is a teacher. The police and Amy Neely both say that some of the kindergartners didn't want to participate, but were too scared to disobey. Firing that teacher is the least the school can do. She'll be lucky to avoid criminal charges.
HOWEVER, MY DAD GREW UP IN A DIFFERENT GENERATION: THINGS WERE HANDLED OUTSIDE AFTER SCHOOL. I REMEMBER GETTING BITTEN BY A KID AND MY DAD SAID BITE HIM BACK! SO I THINK MY DAD WOULD CONSIDER THE TEACHERS DISCIPLINE "GIVING THIS KID A TASTE OF HIS OWN MEDICINE!"