So in the past, I've been pretty open about the fact I was bullied a lot in my school days growing up. I've also seen it from another angle as a teacher. And reading this article, I honestly feel like I want to strangle someone:
1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead by own hand - Yahoo! News
How there have been four students in a school district who committed suicide to escape bullying over two years AND the district hasn't fired every goddamn administrator in the high school is beyond me.Sladjana Vidovic's body lay in an open casket, dressed in the sparkly pink dress she had planned to wear to the prom. Days earlier, she had tied one end of a rope around her neck and the other around a bed post before jumping out her bedroom window.
The 16-year-old's last words, scribbled in English and her native Croatian, told of her daily torment at Mentor High School, where students mocked her accent, taunted her with insults like "Slutty Jana" and threw food at her.
It was the fourth time in little more than two years that a bullied high school student in this small Cleveland suburb on Lake Erie died by his or her own hand — three suicides, one overdose of antidepressants. One was bullied for being gay, another for having a learning disability, another for being a boy who happened to like wearing pink.
When I was a teacher, there was one fat kid who loved stopping outside my room during his passing to do various things- bang on the door, hump it, etc. Fat kid too, probably around 350 pounds. I remember one day he finally lined it up, ran at it full tilt from across the hall and hit it hard enough to shatter the glass. (Mind you, I'd contacted the school administration about this many, many times leading up to this- they never made an attempt to do anything.) Sadly, he wasn't injured. I think the end result was was he got 2 days central detention.
I brought this up in my night class (was working on a degree in education) and told my prof that he couldn't tell me a kid who did this had a properly functioning brain. His response:
. . .Well of course he doesn't have a normally functioning brain. He's in puberty, and his brain has a whole scale of physical and psychological changes happening right now.
I decided asking him if he was shitting me wouldn't do anything for my grade, so I dropped it. But seriously, both in the case of students in the school I taught at and in the school mentioned in the original article, are we really taking behaviors I think are machismotic and sadistic and blaming them on puberty?
What the fuck is wrong with people?
End rant. Thanks. I was really upset reading that article but feel somewhat better now.