Re: Who is responsible for bullying?
Originally Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org
Russ, I used to work at a treatment center for really high-risk youth. The students were often physically agressive to us and to other kids that['s why they were in the program in the first placee. Part of the program allows staff to use physical restraints and locking rooms when necessary. I've been attacked a few times, luckily never injured. I know there have been investagations after restraints gone bad but I have never been involved in one myself.
My current job is in a public school, also behavior students though younger ones, and they bully each other a lot and sometimes start shoving- that's the worst we have seen. It's not a "hands on" program, so we don't restrain kids; we have classroom consequences for smaller issues (losing gym class or recess time) and administration will suspend students for more severe infractions.
I agree that zero tolerance as you describe it is rediculous. The unwillingness of Canada's justice system to penalize young offenders is also ridiculous. there are no easy answers.