What's Next for the School Bus Bullies?

The 4 students who bullied school bus monitor Karen Klein now know their fate. What do you think about their consequences? How would your school district have handled a similar situation?

We now know the fate of the four students who verbally harassed the school bus monitor, Karen Klein in Greece, New York last week.

School officials announced yesterday that the boys are suspended from their school and regular bus transportation for a year. They will be attending an alternative educational program and will be participating in a bullying prevention program. They are also required to complete 50 hours of community service with seniors.   

What do you think about these consequences?   

How do you think your school district would have handled a similar situation?  Are you aware of your child’s school’s policy regarding bullying? Every student and parent should know what their school district’s consequences of bullying are!

About the blogger: Judy S. Freedman, a licensed clinical social worker and bullying prevention specialist, is the author of 'Easing the Teasing – Helping Your Child Cope with Name-Calling, Ridicule, and Verbal Bullying.'  She recently spoke at the National PTA Convention in San Jose, California.  Learn more about Judy and her book at www.easingtheteasing.com.

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Molly July 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM
As in so many problems the cause can vary. Yes, parenting has a large impact (obviously) on a child but there are situations where a child defies everything a parent tries - but those are hopefully the exception. A service program with mentoring guidance will hopefully help these kids. I'm not in favor of the huge explosion in alternative schools. At times I think our mainstream schools have become so homogenized that differences are viewed as malignant. Growing up in a rural but fairly liberal area we had a vast mix of students. Kids with differences were often singled out as odd but in many cases everyone learned to interact successfully. My father, a person most assumed to be a conservative, straight-laced, rigid disciplinarian gave us a big surprise (at his wake). Our family was approached by countless people who had amazing stories to tell of our dad. Hippies, college students & professors, immigrant workers, gay neighbors and everything in between - they all had a story to tell. The upshot was our dad would listen to all views respectfully. He may not have agreed 100% but he treated everyone the same. The only behavior he couldn't stand was dishonesty. I hope I can pass this along to my kids.
JK July 18, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Stewart, Is your comment tongue-in-cheek? I think the punishment is harsh. The punishment, imho, should have been suspension of bus transportation for a year. If every day of the school year a parent has to sign the child in (e.g., no carpooling or nanny sign-in except in proven case of hardship), the lesson will be learned fairly well. I think 50 hours of community service is perhaps too many though I do like the concept. These aren't victims of Soviet Style education. Negative energy? Sorry, I can't buy it. I also feel similarly when parents let their kids race around in restaurants. Not all restaurants are Playlands, and kids who can't tell the difference need to be taught.
Katherine August 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM
Vincent: This is exactly the thinking that allowed the problem to escalate. Our society should NEVER condone violence of any kind - including verbal. Next, you'll say "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" or "boys will be boys." As adults, we are to teach and socialize our children to be good people and good citizens. Finally, next time, a student shoots up or blows up a school because they have been bullied and humiliated over and over again, well, kids will be kids..
Katherine August 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM
And some adults need to learn empathy and right from wrong(vincent)
Katherine August 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM
PArents do have a serious responsibility. And yes, I have children. However, there are many more influences are our children then when I grew up.


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