My name is Scot Albert. I am a middle aged college student in California.
In this letter, I wish to address the issue of bullying and a possible
course of action to further reduce such incidents in our schools.
I think there are very few of us who have not at one time or another dealt
with being bullied. It is to say the least a very unpleasant experience.
There are the aspects of humiliation, feelings of helplessness and if ongoing,
the eventual spiral into the realms of frustration, depression, rage and maybe
worse. I speak of the place where the victim feels as if there is no alternative
but to lash out. This can be one of the end results of being bullied.
As I am sure you know of the cases in Columbine, Colorado;
University of Texas in Austin and Virginia Tech, all of the
students that went on rampages were themselves victims of violence.
More recently, as the matter of bullying has been receiving
national attention. One of the results has been the enactment of
anti-bullying laws such as Michigan's anti-bullying law which
took effect in January of 2012. In the same year, New Jersey also
enacted "the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, a law touted as the
toughest such measure in the country."
My reason for bringing these examples to the fore is that since the
passing of these incidents, we are still seeing violence in our schools.
While some new laws have been passed including more strict controls
for the acquisition of firearms as well as taking the bullies to task
for their actions, is that enough?
What I would like to introduce is an idea that could perhaps
become a future bill, law or piece of legislation.
The ABCs of Stopping Violence in our Schools.
A represents awareness.
B represents benevolence.
C represents compassion.
It is not just the job of the teachers, staff and police but also
of the student body to be aware. As the saying goes "It takes a village..."
It also takes everyone being observant in order...