Today’s schools are worried about a worldwide problem: “bullying.” This is an ongoing situation that does need attention. I have seen commercials on TV, heard commercials on the radio, and there are even music artists making songs about bullying. Surrounding schools are looking into solving this problem.
Just recently, on Channel 3 news out of Corpus Christi, there was a story about CCISD having a workshop with students in their district. They also had some visitors from Beeville. The workshop was said to have covered many different aspects of bullying – from the bullies’ point of view to the victims’ point of view. They even talked to a few teachers and administrators to get their point of view. Now, you would figure some of these teachers and students would put some of what they learned into action. It seems like the teachers and administrators from Beeville have not.
Today, a student I know was accused of being a bully when she was really the victim. The situation occurred during school hours when she was being harassed in the hallway. This student was pulled into the office and questioned about the situation. After being asked about the situation, it seemed to the “adult” that she was to blame. Here’s a question to ask: Don’t you have to pull in the so-called “victim” to get her side of the story as well? In this case, the “adult” didn’t think so. Now, I have one more question. Did any of the staff members who attended this workshop learn anything? If they did, I would like to know exactly what they learned. For a representative of the school to make a judgment like this is unacceptable. Students who are being bullied can not be mistaken for the bully. You would figure the school representative would know the difference. Obviously not.
I honestly think that BISD should have a workshop of their own and learn from it. I feel I couldn’t trust the staff to make the correct judgment after this situation. If the staff has done this once, what’s to say that it won’t happen again. The staff needs to know the difference between the bully and the victim. I hear of kids wanting to go to Skidmore-Tynan and Pettus schools due to the harassment they encounter in A.C. Jones. From what I see, bullying is a major problem here in A.C. Jones High School, yet the staff has not confronted the situation.
Justin Lee Soto