The problem today is not student to student bullying. Sadly it is
Before school started, she went to the campus to set up her room. One teacher introduced herself and then helped her set up the room. My daughter was ecstatic.
Everything went great until January. Then the bullying began. I won't go into the specifics because of the possibility of future action. She was accused of horrendous behavior. The principal received almost daily reports on her actions. She was reported for using her cell phone during a field trip--she did. She used her cell phone to contact parents and let them know where their 5 year old child was. So did several other teachers, yet that is not the report the principal received.
The bullying continued for the remainder of the year, even after the superintendent's investigation found no cause for the allegations.
What makes this bullying??? Several teachers who were not involved in the action, came to my daughter in late spring and said, "Don't leave the campus. They will pick on someone else next year. They always do. Two years ago it was me. Now they don't bother me."
My daughter replied, "I don't think I want to work on a campus that does that to each other."
Now if this has been going on for years, the principal knows it is happening. It is not a coincidence that one member of his staff is 'ratted out' every year. Surely he can see the pattern. As a retired administrator, I will tell you that in our classes for principal's certification, we were taught to look at patterns. Patterns in test score. Patterns in attendance. Patterns in behavior. He sees the pattern. He just refuses to deal with it. Well that's not exactly true. He dealt with it by giving my daughter a 'Below Satisfactory' on the Campus Atmosphere section of her evaluation. And he wrote that it was due to the drama this year.
Now there's a new way to handle bullying. Punish the one who has been bullied rather than the bullies. That should put a stop to the bullying. How many of you principals would consider using this method to stop bullying?