Bullying — it’s getting worse each day.
Last week here, an incident at a school made headlines when a boy died allegedly due to a fight at school. Following his death, there was news that bullying was rampant in the school. Furthermore, students and parents were calling for the sacking of the principal saying that nothing was being done about the bullying situation.
Now, I can see that it was unfortunate for the kid that died. But blaming the principal and staff is a bit ridiculous. I say this because I witness what happens as well. Bullying takes place. The bullies get detention, suspensions etc to no avail. Why? Because they don’t care. Most of these kids don’t give a shit about the consequences in terms of detention, suspension or even expulsion. Well, do they respond to counselling or education? Hah! I’d have better success banging my head against a brick wall. At least that might eventually cave in.
I am serious when I say that most bullies nowadays do not fear consequences of any sort. Teachers and principals have no ‘power’ over these kids. The counsellor does not have a magic wand. So what can be done?
1. Parents. In my opinion, parents need to be the first ones to help their kids change. I’ve seen bullies or kids that fight who have told me that their parent has said ask nicely once, and if the person doesn’t listen, punch them. What the fuck?! It’s no wonder the teachers, principal or anyone else is fighting a losing battle. Parents need to educate their kids right from age 5 on how to treat others.
2. The media. Yes…the media. The media that glorifies sex, violence, bitchiness and 15 minutes of fame. What are schools meant to do in the face of this? Every girl wants to be Paris Hilton. They want to emulate their icons on TV.
I really do wish I had a magic wand. The kids are getting out of control.
This story here tells you a bit of what we may be in for in the coming years. And I will be working with them all.
Until next time,