The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 12, 2013

Policy improvements

There was an article on the front page of The Daily Item on March 21 about a child being bitten and pushed to the ground in the Midd-West School District. The article continues with quotes from the principal and superintendent about how they did the best they could with punishments because of the mother not allowing them to talk to the bullied child when he returned to school.

After reading the article, I definitely thought that the teacher or teachers -- it was not clear if there was more than one teacher -- who witnessed the bullying could have done more. I was confused as to why she did not stop the children and ask for their names so she could report the incident. Instead, she told them to get on to their buses and reported it without names, which did not allow anything to be done to stop the incident.

Also, I got the impression that the principal and superintendent were trying to put part of the blame on the mother for the length of time it took to punish the boy who did the bullying. I do not think that that was very respectful of them because the woman was just trying to protect her son.

I hope that after this school incident, Midd-West will consider creating much more prominent programs for anti-bullying and stricter punishments for the bullies. They should take a good look at the way they handled this situation and make improvements for the safety of their students in school.

Tara Musser,

Selinsgrove High School

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