Letter to the editor
I am all for equal rights for everyone whether they be affluent or poverty stricken, atheist or God-fearing, male, female, young or old. EQUALITY IS EQUAL on all terms.
EXCEPT when it comes to bullying! Schools have to get with the program!
ZERO TOLERANCE! ABSOLUTELY NO BULLYING.
First offence is the last offence.
Permanent expulsion from that school and wherever the child goes the record would follow so other teaches can know who to watch out for.
After a year with no further incidents, the reformed bully would have the bullying incident erased. If not, and there are further incidents, perhaps a child psychologist could intervene.
By the mere act of bullying, the bully, in my opinion, has given up all rights to be shielded from neighbors, court systems and cameras and, yes, even the public. He/she should be photographed, along with the parents, and that photo splashed at schools, on public utility poles and on TVs. Only then will the bully know what it feels like to be singled out, people whispering and pointing at him/her until they learn, and the parents learn, just what a little peice of trouble their little one has become. Only then will the tormenting, teasing, pushing, shoving and name calling stop. Only then will all children be able to attend school to learn and grow, not cower and be scared.
̶ Wanda White writes from Broad Cove