|Apr 25, 2012|
School bullies aren't always students
In some rare cases, the bully that a student has to face in school isn't one of his or her fellow classmates, but the teacher at the front of the room. While this happens very infrequently, it is worse than when the bullying activities come from peers, because teachers are supposed to be role models who children can look up to.
When a student is being bullied by their instructor, it becomes even more difficult to prove as well, as the teacher is the adult in a classroom and is expected to be more trustworthy. However, this can be taken advantage of, creating trust issues for the many other teachers who have a positive influence on the kids in their classrooms.
As a father in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, recently found out, this can have an even more serious effect for special needs children. Stuart Chaifetz, whose 10-year old son is autistic, was told that his ordinarily mild-mannered boy was acting violently in class at a special needs school. After hiding a recording device on his son, Chaifetz discovered that it was not his son acting out, but the teachers, bullying him.
Autistic children - and other students as well - may not be able to accurately report a teacher's behavior for a variety of reasons, such as the belief that they will get in trouble. The question that arises then is how to stop a bully when that bully is in charge? The first step is for parents to remain alert, pay attention to their child's behavior and any possible changes in mood. Following that, concerned parents can contact school administration and inform them. At that point, the school can take the appropriate steps to resolve the matter and correct it in whatever way is necessary.
School officials can also help improve any possible situations like this by implementing uTip, the bully buster. This service, powered by e2Campus, allows students to report a bullying incident from their own cellphone immediately to administrators. More importantly, it allows these disturbing instances of bullying to be reported anonymously. This can help students feel safer about reporting anyone that physically, mentally or emotionally bullies them. The anti-bullying solution can also give students and parents peace-of-mind about the security of the school, and ultimately help improve the learning environment for everyone.