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What Shall I Do?

Posted by Admin On October - 8 - 2009

WHAT SHALL I DO Teachers Who Bully Students

Traditionally, the topic that revolves around bullying is when one child picks on another who is smaller or weaker than they are.  Bullying is all about power and aggressors are usually attempting to make their status known to everyone.  The issue of teachers screaming, threatening and using biting sarcasm to embarrass a student in a class is not a new problem, but it receives little attention.  After all, teachers are the commanders of the classroom and what they say goes.  If a child becomes the victim of teacher bullying, most of the time they either will not say anything to their parents or when they do, parents are insensitive to the magnitude of the situation.

The definition of teacher bullying is when an instructor uses their position of power to punish, manipulate or intimidate a student above a reasonable level of discipline.  It is important to briefly bring up the fact that most teachers are excellent in caring for their students and giving them the best teaching they are capable of.  There are a few bad apples in the bushel, and it is those teachers that are being discussed here.

As a parent, you do not need to sit on the sidelines.  If you are wondering what you should do, the first thing is to listen to your child who reports bullying to you.  Sometimes the teacher’s status at the school or known brilliance among colleagues and parents may cause you to overlook your child’s complaints.  On the other end of the spectrum, do not jump to conclusions if your child makes one comment that the teacher was rough one day.  Physical abuse usually accompanies no hesitation for a parent to report the offence.  More commonly though is emotional or verbal bullying, which is seen as a gray area to many.

To catch bullying before it gets out of hand, make school a normal topic of conversation.  Unless school discussions are regular events, a child may not mention abuse, and parents may not find out until grades drop or the child becomes depressed.  Talk to the offending teacher in a non-confrontational way and if they do not agree to solve the problem, take the complaint higher.  Do not be afraid to ask the principal to intervene.  Go higher, to the school board or superintendent, if the principal also proves to be unhelpful.  Above all, keep your child encouraged and show them you are supportive by taking action to stop the situation. The company below would be helpful with many issues that relate to problems involving children and youth.

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One Response to “What Shall I Do?”

  1. Johnson P. Cat says:

    give me a break!

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