NOTE: To the reader who mailed me an anonymous note regarding faculty bullying of students, can you please contact me via e-mail. Create a gmail or hotmail account if necessary. I need to get more information.
This one is fictional. A 16 year old high school freshman from New York, Jessica Barba, created an anti-bullying video and fake Facebook page as part of a project. The video is powerful. It tells the tale of a fictional girl, Hailey, who is bullied at school and online. She eventually does the unthinkable–she commits suicide.
However, the school determined that it was “disruptive” and suspended the teenager. The school spokesperson would not comment.
Bullying has taken center stage in education today. Unfortunately, too little is being done to control or eliminate it. We have highlighted a local teacher who asked Maryland’s First Lady how to handle administrators who prefer to downgrade incidents. We highlighted an ongoing 4-year bullying problem at Southern Middle and Southern High.
Coming up, we have another story from Annapolis High School, Arundel High School, and a Pasadena Elementary School.
What are your thoughts?