Letter: Step up anti-bullying efforts
Crime rates are rising and public schools are not as safe as they once were. Bullying has been in the news a lot lately, and as a mother of a young child, it's frightening to think about what could happen to my child. This is a topic that needs constant attention.
I understand that schools cannot follow up every report of bullying and that some kids will grow out of it, but research shows that 40 percent of the boys identified as bullies in grades six through nine had three or more arrests by the age of 30. We have to find a better way to help bullies in their youth.
This year in Chicago a father of a 5-year-old girl took out a restraining order on her classmate because of persistent verbal and physical abuse. In the report, her father saw the restraining order as his last resort after numerous complaints to the school and other child's family to take action. We encourage our children to be the best they can be, and then send them to school where their confidence gets crushed from consistently-ignored bullying. This is ridiculous.
I'm suggesting more severe repercussions for reports of bullying. I am also suggesting we demand public schools to step up and stop ignoring signs/reports of bullying in our public schools. We cannot become complacent on this issue.
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