Thursday, May 31, 2012
No Snitch Policy and Bullying!
I apologize to my readers for the two month hiatus. So much has been happening in the world of Bullying. Bullying in our schools is still rampant. The problem is, the reporting of bullying within the schools is virtually non existent.
Lesson One: As a former prosecutor for the State of Florida, I know that kids typically have a no snitch policy. I don't care how many speakers, motivators or even law enforcement tell our kids to stand up and speak up, it just is not going to happen. At least as often as we would want. Why? The fear of retaliation. Retaliation in this day and age is not just a slight push or shove. Retaliation can take the form of severe violent acts. The Juvenile courts are full with violent children and some even are removed to adult court due to the seriousness of their acts. Kids are for the most part, are scared to protect other kids, they are scared to snitch, and as evidence has shown, rightfully so. So lesson one: Don't rely on other children to report the bullying of others. Even if the school states the reporting is anonymous, it won't stay anonymous. School Districts [public schools] are mandated in Florida, to investigate. With that investigation comes talking to the witnesses or how others like to call it, snitches. As fast as rumours start in school, you better believe the bullies or perpetrators will find out who the so called, snitches are. Kids have a right to be scared.
Lesson Two: Teachers know. Oh yes they do know. But will they report? Are administrators telling teachers to, "shut up" or "Keep it quiet" You betcha. Evidence from bullying accounts across the country and the world documents that fact. Available online are civil complaints in various cases. For example the Anoka Hennepin case in Minnesota. I urge all of you to read that complaint. There the school district was very well aware of the bullying. The children there committed or attempted suicide. There the school district did absolutely nothing. If teachers and or administrators don't tell, then parents won't ask.
Lesson Three: Kids are not resilient. Kids may seem like they are, but they are not. Adults who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or other traumatic mental injuries many of the times suffer from incidents that happened to them as children. Children don't have the ability to rationalize or seek therapeutic help like adults. Many times they suffer within themselves or act out their suffering through abusing drugs, alcohol or people.
Bullying is truly sad. It is an act that has no positive outcome. Bullying has now become a very real dangerous social issue with no end in sight.