Comments about ‘Students, parents call for action against bullies in Tooele County’

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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29 2014 2:12 p.m. MST

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concernedteacher
provo, UT

As a teacher, I see bullying as a huge issue for our children, but we need to stop blaming the schools. Bully prevention starts in the home. Most kids who are bullies have parents who are bullies. It is very difficult to change a behavior that has been learned and reinforced at home. I am never surprised when one of my students bullies other kids, and the parent comes in and "bullies" me or the principal. Let't start putting the blame where it belongs: with the people who should be teaching their kids, the parents. Schools are constantly trying to clean up messes made by a bad home life. Stop blaming teachers and schools, and start thanking them for how much they actually do. It isn't easy to deal with a child who is abused, neglected, or is without a good role model. We do our best. We are teachers because we love children and want to make a difference.

Danite
Salt Lake City, UT

As a Tooele County resident, I am ashamed to concur with this article, at least in my experience. The administration, both at the District level as well within the schools themselves are by and large sub standard. With the new Superintendent (who seems like a great hire) hopefully change will happen.

shamrock
Salt Lake City, UT

@concernedteacher:

I don't believe anyone is blaming the schools or teachers for the bullying itself, but for their sometimes tepid or nonexistent response to the problem. It's simply unacceptable for the school administrators to throw up their hands and say, "It's not our fault." Crime is not the fault of law enforcement, either, but we expect our officers to take prompt and meaningful action to stop and punish crime. Same with schools in Tooele or elsewhere. Ignoring the parents' concerns and not keeping them apprised of what steps are being taken to address the bullying is just plain wrong.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

And to think, when people say that they are homeschooling their kids, they are often asked about how they are going to "socialize" their kids? If this is the social interaction that kids get at school, I will happily keep my kids safe with homeschool.

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