A Hypothetical Example Of Bullying And A Lack Of Follow Through
Here is what this type of situation could look like: Student B (Bully) tells Student V (Victim) he will beat Student V up. Student V worries but does not report the statement. Student B then starts calling Student V names and threatening Student V daily. Student V tells his teacher and the teacher says she will talk to Student B. Student B stops for about a week. Then Student B (plus Student B's friends) start up again, and Student B corners Student V in the bathroom, telling Student V he should not have gotten Student B in trouble. Student B then threatens to beat up Student V if he tells again. Student V tells his teacher, who tells Student V that Student B was handled and is a good student. In other words she does not believe Student V. The teacher never reports Student B to the office, or reports but does not follow through.
Had the bullying been handled effectively in the beginning, nothing would have escalated. Student V would never have been in the position to be suspended or expelled as he would not have had to hatch a plan to defend himself. Had the teacher believed Student V, sent Student B to the office to be suspended and followed up with protection for Student V, the situation may have been solved. Had the secretary or VP followed up and done something effective, such as suspend or expel Student B and his friends, Student V might have had a different future.
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