The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 6, 2013

Bullying not addressed

I read the article about a student biting another at the Midd-West School District and it left me questioning about the school environment. The child was not only bullies once by the same kid, but twice in two days and apparently a few staff members witnessed this without reporting anything.

The article stated that the bus driver provided the child with a tissue to cover up the cut under his eye. This suggests the bus driver then made no further attempt to get the student's name, or even ask him what happened before he got on the bus to report this to the school. The mother said that he got off the bus with tears rolling down his face telling her that the same kid who pushed him down yesterday had approached him again the next day while a teacher witnessed all of this.

The article is not clear as to whether or not the same teacher saw both incidents, but regardless it should have been addressed. The teacher should have gotten the name of the student and reported it to the administration. The teacher who witnessed the child initially getting bullies and shoved to the ground, hard enough to rip his jeans, should have gotten both student's names instead of telling them to get up and get on the bus.

Administrators should have approached the child the day they found out it was happening because now it looks bad on their part that they did little or nothing about the incident until after the child was bullied twice.

I believe Midd-West School District should do something more about bullying since it seems to occur often in the school. In the wake of the Brandon Bitner tragedy in 2010, guidance counselors should continue to talk to the students throughout the year and address the bullying policy for the school to assure the safety of all students.

Laura Long, Selinsgrove High School

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