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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.

Comments

jhawkinsf 4 years, 5 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.

jhawkinsf 4 years, 5 months ago

Like the absolute truth that the Earth is the center of the universe. Whenever religions speak of absolute truth, they are ultimately proven wrong. It is very sad that gays continue to be bullied in schools. And gays should speak up for them in the same way as others advocate for members of their community. It is also sad that you chose to go after this group when the subject of bullying in schools should have brought people together to universally condemn the practice.

ronwell_dobbs 4 years, 5 months ago

Don't know if you caught the insipid pun of Bloodbot's name or not, but this yet another fine example of a follower of Jesus Christ. Nothing says hate quite like Christianity.

Jeremy DeBoard 4 years, 5 months ago

He's not really imitating you as much as he's being satirical or mocking. But I guess your kind will see what they wish.

SDTPlant 4 years, 5 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.

windex 4 years, 5 months ago

What did Jesus have to say about homosexuality?

windex 4 years, 5 months ago

So your answer is that Jesus condemned lust. OK. He didn't say anything about homosexuality. I know this must be terribly inconvenient for you. I'm not "looking for a way around Jesus", whose primary instructions were to follow his example and to love thy neighbor as thyself (even if your neighbor looks different, acts different, or eats weird food.) Simple, but extremely challenging.

windex 4 years, 5 months ago

BB, I am not interested in Christianity as a form of the game "Gotcha." I am interested in Christianity as a way to try to live the kindest, most generous, most responsible life I can. That's what it means to me, and you can't take that from me. If you want to go around being the morality police, I guess that's your prerogative. If there are kids in our schools being bullied because they are or are thought to be homosexual, fat, skinny, bucktoothed, foreign, cross-eyed, disabled, or for any other reason, that's a problem and I applaud the schools for trying to make the bullying stop. That's the moral thing to do.

windex 4 years, 5 months ago

I am not interested in defending homosexuality, nor my familiarity with the Bible. I am interested in defending kids who are being bullied, for whatever reason. One of the biggest reasons kids are bullied is for being (or being perceived as) gay. You are using this story as an excuse to state your objection to homosexuality and you are using the bible and Christianity to secure your position.

goodcountrypeople 4 years, 5 months ago

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

labmonkey 4 years, 5 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.

labmonkey 4 years, 5 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.

ronwell_dobbs 4 years, 5 months ago

1957 - Ahhh, the good old days. Women at home pregnant and vacuuming the living room in pearls. Coloreds know their place and it ain't 'round these parts. The Red Menace threatens, but with the help of the Good Lord and Senator McCarthy, we'll defeat those godless Commies whenever and wherever we find 'em.

ronwell_dobbs 4 years, 5 months ago

My fake troll detector just beeped. Gotta admit, you played a good part and had lots of people jumping. Afraid you shouldn't have spent your entire ammo in one post, but it's easy to set up a new identity. Godspeed.

labmonkey 4 years, 5 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.

Centerville 4 years, 5 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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