Reaction To Anti-Bullying Legislation

Bullying. It's what Rachel Benton, mother of two sons, says is a growing problem in our schools.

Benton says, "There is a lot of problems here in North Carolina in a lot of different schools. There are some problems in my sons schools."

On Thursday a state house education committee recommended a bill that would require public schools to beef-up anti-bullying policies.

The proposed bill defines bullying or harassing behavior as any pattern of gestures including any written, verbal, or electronic form along with any physical acts threatening any school employee or student creating a hostile environment on school property including school functions and on school buses."

But for one dad, he feels those guidelines are too vague and may create even more problems inside the classroom. Ryamil Exum says, "If a student looked at a student the wrong way and the teacher interpreted it as bullying action, then that child might be punished for that."

One parent says she'll risk that possibility if this bill keeps her kids from harm. But reminds all parents, proper behavior starts at home. Julie Kulis says, "I think being--going into the public school system in general you're gonna have to. It is what it is. You have to go in there with that attitude and teach your children the best they can to handle situations that are difficult."

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  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on May 30, 2009 at 07:46 AM
    Punches and physical attacks aren't the way of today's bully. Rumour and innuendo do much better jobs at hurting the target. Whispered accusations and embarassing pictures taken and posted on messaging sites or "emailed" to everyone begin and small and build up like a forest fire. They like the forest fire are almost impossible to stop once they get started. So, just how does your child fight back against this type of bullying? Punching puts YOUR child in the wrong. Bully back? Just feeds the fire. Until adults learn to get along with others or to at least not give kids the impression that those who are different are inferior or targets. Kids will behave like adults.
  • by Sweetie Location: ENC on May 29, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    Bullies have been around for hundreds of years. Heck, Little House on the Prarie had a few. and they got what was coming to them. I teach my son to be kind to everyone, BUT if someone gets in his face and threatens him, I've told and taught him how to handle it. Turn the other cheek one time, then if they keep right on, crack a nose, tooth or jaw. Sometimes the best way to stop a bully from bullying, is to give them what they dish out. A child is TAUGHT how to be a bully and most of the time, it's b/c the parent was bullied when they were a child. I never had to deal with any of that, but I saw it go on and it irritated me then. Do what you can to avoid confrontation, but if that doesn't work, end it the good ole fashion way... A TAIL WOOPIN'!
  • by Tim Location: LaGrange on May 29, 2009 at 02:03 PM
    Hey, Ted, that secret wouldn't happen to be a good right hook, would it? Or, as my late mom would say, "Double up your fist and let 'em have it!" If it is, I agree 100%!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on May 29, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    "Bullycide" Lmao! You can't be serious! There is an ancient secret way to deal with bullies, it was passed on to me by my daddy and I have passed it on to my child. This legislation was passed so those with out this ancient secret can feel safe in your Birkenstocks and tie dyed t-shirts.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville on May 29, 2009 at 12:33 PM
    Bottom line...bullying is nothing like it was in the 80s or 90s. Children are bullying for several reasons, and some children feel completely helpless. The number of deaths because of bullying (aka "bullycide") is increasing. I for one hope the law is passed, so the schools won't be allowed to sweep bullying "under the rug". Pitt County Schools has a policy, but all of the schools don't enforce it. Pitt Couny better be glad we haven't had an severe or tragic cases of bullying (i.e., Columbine, VA Tech)...and let us all pray that we never do.
  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    The late George Carlin put it best in his classic HBO special "You Are All Diseased" when he was talking about kids in gereral-"...A few winners, and whole lot of losers".
  • by Fed up! Location: Greenville on May 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    I also do not approve of bullies. But this new law is very vague. Bullying is bullying but why is this bill only talking about the rights of "gay people"? I believe it is bullying for a gay person to promote their way of life to those who believe different than them. This law is stupid and very biased!
  • by J Location: Gville on May 29, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    CHRIS, I don't agree with the No Child Left Behind Act either. its the reason why there are so many adults today that can't read. I believe the child should be treated like everyone else and have to pass that test or class. They have people who help those who fall behind. To those of you who this bothers, Don't bother lecturing me on this because I stand firm in what I belive.
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on May 29, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    Since when did it become the mark of a well-adjusted child to pick on others? Why are children who obey the Golden Rule-Do unto others as you would have them do unto you-or (isn't it the teachings of the Christian bible) turn the other cheek considered weak and inferior? I quite frankly find that those who are bullies are usually the weakest mentally and emotionally. They have to make themselves part of the "pack" by picking on others because otherwise they wouldn't feel like they "belonged". Bullies are the ones who need to be "toughened up" so that they can learn how to stand up for what is right instead of becoming what is wrong. Of course I notice that some who come close to praising school bullies are the first ones to denounce police officers doing their jobs as "bullies with badges". I guess it all depends on who is being "bullied".
  • by Bud Location: Washington on May 29, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    What about the kids who are purposely excluded from "friend groups?" Is that to be considered bullying? As A Bullied Student and Princess Bullies pointed out, girls can bully each other emotionally without ever starting a physical altercation; so is that to be counted as bullying?
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