Broad Cove woman wants zero tol­er­ance for bul­ly­ing

The Compass - - OPINION - — Wanda White writes from Broad Cove

I am all for equal rights for ev­ery­one, whether they be af­flu­ent or poverty stricken, athe­ist or God-fear­ing, male, fe­male, young or old. Equal­ity is equal on all terms.

Ex­cept when it comes to bul­ly­ing. Schools have to get with the pro­gram.

Zero tol­er­ance. Ab­so­lutely no bul­ly­ing. First of­fence is the last of­fence.

Per­ma­nent ex­pul­sion from that school and wher­ever the child goes the record would fol­low so other teaches can know who to watch out for.

Af­ter a year with no fur­ther in­ci­dents, the re­formed bully would have the bul­ly­ing in­ci­dent erased. If not, and there are fur­ther in­ci­dents, per­haps a child psy­chol­o­gist could in­ter­vene.

By the mere act of bul­ly­ing, the bully, in my opin­ion, has given up all rights to be shielded from neigh­bours, court sys­tems and cam­eras and, yes, even the pub­lic.

He/she should be pho­tographed, along with the par­ents, and that photo splashed at schools, on pub­lic util­ity poles and on TVs. Only then will the bully know what it feels like to be sin­gled out, people whis­per­ing and point­ing at him/her un­til they learn, and the par­ents learn, just what a lit­tle pe­ice of trou­ble their lit­tle one has be­come.

Only then will the tor­ment­ing, teas­ing, push­ing, shov­ing and name call­ing stop. Only then will all chil­dren be able to at­tend school to learn and grow, not cower and be scared.

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