Bullying: Parent or School Responsibility?
Who is ultimately responsible for school bullying – parents, schools, the victims?
CNN’s Rick Sanchez and I had a lengthy on-air discussion yesterday afternoon on bullying, the roles of teachers and parents, who is responsible when a bullied teen commits suicide, and what parents can do to support their children who may be bullied or have other safety concerns at schools.
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This story stemmed from the latest school bullying case in Massachusetts resulted in the death of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince and criminal charges against nine teens.
Rick and I discussed a number of issues:
- Should kids just be tough and “suck it up” if they are bullied?
- Can a person be held responsible for another who commits suicide?
- Parent or teacher: Who is responsible for detecting something wrong?
- Should teachers have acted in the Massachusetts case?
I talked about the need for educated parents who are advocates for their children and for school safety. The need for time, training, and prioritizing of school safety, climate, security, and related issues also came up.
Rick and I ended our discussion with a father-to-father exchange which has generated a lot of positive feedback on my end.
Who do you believe is responsible for bullying and for responding to it?
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