By Ray Pinney
When the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights legislation was passed, I wrote a blog entry, A Student Solution to Bullying, that described a situation when my son stood up to a bully and I was very proud of him. I worried he’d be one of those kids who got picked on.
I’m sure that the fear that my son would be bullied was something that all parents can sympathize with. But there is another fear that never crossed my mind. It’s one that some parents are now dealing with – that your child is labeled as a bully. Two recent events have indicated to me that a there is a new concern with labeling a young person a bully.
The first concerned the Commissioner of Education ruling on two appeals of district action taken under the anti-bullying law. Interestingly, in both cases, the appeal was brought by the parents of the student accused of being the bully.
Second, the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Task Force, which was established by the law to study the law’s impact, released its preliminary report on January 26, 2013. We are eighteen months into the implementation of this law, so it is a good time to take a look at it and see how it is working and maybe how it should be amended.
As I stated earlier, (more…)