Marianna A. Perry, CPP, Lawrence J. Fennelly, and Linda Watson, CPP, CSC, CHS-V
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Bullying and harassment of others is a serious issue that affects thousands of children and their parents. We have seen parents on the evening news announce their intent to file a law suit against their school district, principle, and teachers because of what happened to their child and because the school failed to take any corrective action.
During the past several years, a lot has been said and written about active shooter as well as the many incidents of shootings. But very little has been said about operational issues. Furthermore this is an international problem not a specific issue to the United States. Many Schools have written policies which work for proactive administrators, but when they do nothing about issues and complaints, conditions get worse.
Phrase Zero Tolerance is out; the Dept. of Justice stated it doesn’t work. It’s been replaced by Guidelines for Criminal Behavior. Harassment and bullying plus hazing are governed in almost every state by criminal statue. But is it slowing down or picking up?
At a minimum, schools should establish policies that prohibit, limit, or determine unacceptable behaviors and consequences of the following:
- Bias crimes
- Use of cell phone and personal computing devices
- Social media standards weapons possession/use
- Drug, alcohol, and tobacco possession/use
- Cyber bullying/harassment/stalking
- Sexual assault/misconduct/harassment
- Domestic school violence
- Any criminal act
It is critical that school administrators understand that even though we stress the value of policies and administrative guidelines as essential, they alone do not address the multi-faceted and often unique disciplinary challenges facing our schools and administrators. They are, in fact, critical ingredients of a larger recipe for developing a culture or awareness, civility, and compliance in our schools.
Recorded September 16, 2015.
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