I read the article .
I know John and his mom and they are great people. John is a really cool kid and razor smart. What a sad reflection on our district that his impression of our school district is so negative. How brave of him to get up and speak. What a life lesson his mother is teaching him by having him voice his fears. Hopefully, this will make him stronger.
I asked my Beverly Hills neighbor (who is an incoming eighth-grader at ) if he ever met John or heard about him and he said no. He also said he hasn't seen bullying, so I’m sure the bullies are the exception. But for anyone who grew up with a bully, we all know that bullies are very crafty at hiding their cruelty. Bullying is an enduring blight that has existed since the beginning of organized education. However, in this day and age, the minute a kid is brave enough to complain, there should be serious consequences to the perpetrator. Bullying is also a warning sign that something is either wrong with the bully, or more likely, there is some dysfunction at home.
At my kids’ former private school, The Mirman School, we had many cases of on-the-playground name calling, unnecessary roughness and threats along the lines of, “I’m gonna get you after school.” The punishments were swift, made public among the administration and parents, and they were stern. If you bullied, you had to apologize by calling and writing letters.
At this quaint, exclusive private school we even had a case of extreme cyberbullying with death threats and threats of armed force. The administration at Mirman called the FBI immediately and the bully was expelled IMMEDIATELY. My son was relieved as the kid turned out to be a “friend” of his who had made trouble in the classroom and continuously distracted him during learning time, affecting his grades, despite my son’s pleas for him to stop and asking to be moved away from him.
My children are joining the Beverly Hills Unified School District in two weeks and I read the district's Student Responsibility Contract carefully. Article 16 clearly states the BHUSD’s policy on bullying:
“To refrain from any type of bullying and/or hazing activities that would be likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace to another student. This can be electronically or in person. I understand that any student found bullying and/or hazing will be subject to suspension and/or expulsion and may be referred to the Beverly Hills Police Department.”
Why this was not enforced is yet to be discovered.