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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Florida schools must track all cases of bullying

The law was passed after a teacher's son committed suicide over things that were written about him online. And it covers all forms of bullying, whether that means shoving or somebody simply saying nasty things about you. I think it's an admirable law, but I'm curious to see how they'll actually implement it. Kids say a lot of nasty stuff.

I guess a lot of it depends on the kids themselves. They have to tell a teacher/administrator if somebody's picking on them. I can see how that's the right thing to do in some extreme cases, if a kid really is facing unbearable harassment, but isn't there something to be said for having students confront these problems on their own?

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