Dis­ci­pline key in bul­ly­ing de­bate

The Compass - - OPINION -

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.

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