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Kansas State Board of Education to discuss bullying again in early February

February 1, 2011

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— The Kansas State Board of Education plans to consider two statements on bullying next week.

The board has been discussing how to address bullying in schools for several months. The discussions started after reports in September and October of a string of suicides nationally among gay teens who had been bullied.

A 2008 state law requires each of the state's 289 school districts to have anti-bullying policies in place, and most have adopted guidelines from the Kansas Association of School Boards.

The board plans to have a discussion Feb. 8 on a statement reinforcing its support for the law and urging districts to have a method for reporting bullying incidents. It also plans to consider a proposal designating the first week in October as Anti-Bullying Awareness Week.

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toe 3 years, 2 months ago

I hope this will apply to the bullying of taxpayers.

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Centerville 3 years, 2 months ago

The more immoral we become about the big things, the more puritanical we become about the small things. - Florence King

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Ray Parker 3 years, 2 months ago

Conservative Christians will not support any anti-bullying campaign that in any way advances the homoexual agenda in public schools.

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labmonkey 3 years, 2 months ago

Really Agnostick? The zero tolerance policies have gotten out of hand. I went to high school in the mid-90's and students would go deer hunting in the morning and come straight to school. Now they take dogs into the parking lots and a student's car will get searched if the dog even gets a whiff of a spent casing. Most of us even had pocket knives on us...came in handy in shop class. Now students can be punished for having much less on them as well as having an OTC medication in their locker.

As for bullying, yes, we need to prevent the extreme examples, but how are students going to learn to resolve conflict if they are insulated from bullies? There are bullies in the real world whether it is a co-worker, boss, etc. If a kid learns to stand up to a bully, he/she has learned a great life lesson.

Maybe I am starting to get a little old, but I have seen newer people enter the workforce who have to have everything their way because they have been coddled all their lives....and honestly believe we are, and are raising a generation of wimps.

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labmonkey 3 years, 2 months ago

Scenario 5:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.. 1957 - Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock 2010 - The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.
Scenario 6:
Pedro fails high school English. 1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college. 2010 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Scenario 7:
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.
1957 - Ants die. 2010 - ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism.. The FBI investigates his parents -- and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Scenario 8:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2010 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

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labmonkey 3 years, 2 months ago

HIGH SCHOOL: 1957 vs. 2010 Scenario 1:
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack. 1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack. 2010 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.
Scenario 2:
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school. 1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies. 2010 - Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it Scenario 3:
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students. 1957 - Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2010 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.
Scenario 4:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.
2010 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.

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goodcountrypeople 3 years, 2 months ago

Reading this thread provides a good illustration of the "bullying" concerns from the headline above. "Ah, Bartleby.. ah, humanity."

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Number_1_Grandma 3 years, 2 months ago

They need to take a hard look at coaches in high schools as bullies too. The language they use on these kids today. Every other word is full of F-bombs and abusive cursing. Just as harmful as the kids, if not worse!

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Agnostick 3 years, 2 months ago

I don't deny that Christianity has its positive points. And there are plenty of good Christians in the world today. But I think those are the ones who walk the walk, more than they talk the talk.

BloodBot shows himself/herself as the kind of hypocrite Jesus warned against in the sixth chapter of Matthew.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/kjv/mat006.htm

It occurs to me that Fred Phelps fancies himself a "Christian," as well. You're in good and proper company, BloodBot. ;)

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SDTPlant 3 years, 2 months ago

Bloodbot,

Sorry but you don't/can't have absolute truth. Read your Old and New Testaments. Doesn't matter whether it's the King James or the Revised Standard Version. You can't know the unknown.

Nice try but you're still a buffoon. Your postings reflect that! Probably a very nice Republicant buffoon but a buffoon nonetheless.

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Agnostick 3 years, 2 months ago

With that said, let's not allow the Radical Theocratic Homophobes to hijack this topic into a promotional tour for "curing" whatever problems the TV preachers tell them to fix. This is nothing less than a disguised attempt to promote Bible-based bigotry and hatred in our society, and to teach and recruit unsuspecting youth into the unhealthy, dead-end lifestyle of self-righteous and hypocritical evangelicalism.

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jhawkinsf 3 years, 2 months ago

Hey, Bloodbot, you do realize this is the year 2011, not 1789. Gays are not 3/5ths human, right. Go back under the rock you came out from.

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BloodBot 3 years, 2 months ago

There is no place for bullying in school or anywhere else. Smaller and disadvantaged youth need not be bullied and there is not place for it in our society. With that said, let's not allow the Radical Gay Activists to hijack this topic into a promotional tour for the gay lifestyle. This is nothing less than a disguised attempt to promote the gay lifestyle in our schools, and to teach and recruit unsuspecting youth into the unhealthy, dead-end lifestyle of homosexuality.

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