Bullying has received a lot of media attention the past couple of years. We hear about young people being bullied in school, on the playground, on the street, and more and more in social media. Now and then we are saddened to hear about a child or teen who commits suicide after being bullied.
Recently I interviewed two women on the front line of the bullying battle in the Wichita public schools … Stephanie Kertz and Michele Zahner ( ZAY-ner) of the Safety Services Division of U-S-D 259. They told me bullying is defined as a situation in which a person or group has power over another … actual or perceived … and the person with power uses it to influence, embarrass, or control the other. An ‘imbalance of power” is present in every bullying incident or pattern of incidents.
Zahner and Kertz told me no bullying complaint is ever taken lightly. They are all investigated and some kind of action is taken when warranted. There is also constant education about bullying for Wichita students and teachers.
Our thought for today is from Eric Hoffer:
“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.”