Bullying has always been a problem in American government schools. Statistics say there are over 2 million bullies lurking in the hallways and on playgrounds.
The two national teachers unions have developed expansive programs to curb bullying. They’ve hosted entire conferences on the matter. The National Education Association has published several web pages to the matter, as has the American Federation of Teachers.
As an aside, I am troubled by the recent focus on bullying. Bullying is a problem – yes. But the threshold of “bullying” has dropped significantly to the point where virtually any disagreement or conflict in personal or religious beliefs constitutes bullying.
A classic case occurred in Michigan. A Howell High School teacher wore “a purple shirt in solidarity with bullies LGBT youth.” When a student objected to homosexuality on religious grounds – without ever intimidating or “bullying” anyone – the teacher argued with the student and ended up getting him suspended.
But what happens when the anti-bullying activists become the bullies? Will they live by their own standards? Naturally, the answer is no.
“That concern was raised at a Danville [IL] school board meeting last night by parent and school board member Gina McGuire, who alleges her high school-aged son was ‘harassed’ by a teacher over comments McGuire made on a social media website.
“According to McGuire, her son’s teacher attempted to detain him after class and pepper him with personal questions.
“’He wanted to know my son’s opinion of teachers and what teachers are paid,’ McGuire said, according to Commercial-News.com. ‘Why would you single out a child and ask him that? He didn’t understand what was going on.’”
The union is reportedly engaged in contract negotiations and McGuire has publicly been critical of the process.
Here’s another example:
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