Schools need to improve anti-bullying efforts
Two suicides by young girls within a two-week span has definitely drawn attention to bullying efforts by schools in deterring bullying.
While it is not fully certain what led the two young people to suicide, bullying could have played a part and even if it didn’t, it has become a problem in today’s society and it must be curtailed.
The girls, one attending school in the Burton School District and the other the Porterville Unified School District, reportedly alluded on their social medial pages to bullying by some classmates.
Bullying has become a big problem today. It is hard for some parents to understand how bullying has progressed to the dangerous level it has risen to today. For many parents, bullying was teasing in their day and did not cause the harm it seems to today. However, with social media, bullying is not only instantaneous, but can be shared with scores, even hundreds of students. And, the written word, or bullying on social media sites, is much more damaging than the spoken word.
We commend the Burton School District for the in-service day it held for staff to address suicide and how to recognize warning signs. We hope Porterville Unified will quickly do the same and we were glad to see Porterville Unified Superintendent Dr. John Snavely at the in-service.
We would like to see the districts hold an in-service on how teachers and staff can stop bullying before it causes a student so much grief that they would even consider suicide. We also encourage Burton and Porterville districts to work together on anti-bullying efforts so the same message is conveyed to students, most who end up in the Porterville Unified high school system.
Preventing bullying goes beyond the schools. Bullying has got to be something parents address with their children, both those who might be targets of bullies and those who might be doing the bullying.
No parent should have to go through what the parents of the two girls who are gone are going through. Bullying must stop now.