Discipline key in bullying debate
A bug was put in my ear recently about another act of bullying in one of our local schools. Apparently, another unkind picture was taken of a student and then circulated around the school.
A person who was familiar with the situation made a statement to me that gave me much food for thought, that perhaps many minds have never before looked at it in this way.
The remark made, regarding cell phones was, “those picture taking phones are a weapon.” It was a statement of fact. Any instrument used to destroy would be considered a weapon, wouldn’t it?
Especially, if it was the destruction of a person in one form or another. A knife, a gun, a bomb, such chemicals to produce destruction, would be confiscated wouldn’t it?
Well, I think the time has come to rethink the use of these phones in the school area. They are being used as a weapon and I think we have to face it.
Myself and my family, as well as thousands over the years have had these phones as a part of our school environment. What you don’t have, you don’t miss as our school days progressed in a much more dignified and stable way.
If a phone call was to be made, we went to the school office to do so.
Discipline — that’s the secret word. — Joy French Coleman writes
from Harbour Grace.