Nebraska School Gives Most Idiotic Advice Ever to Deal with Bullies
Ok. So Look at this. It is the most appalling thing I have seen.
Rule #2: Treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you. No matter how insulting or mean they may sound, be grateful and think they really care about you.
Rule #7: Do not tell on bullies. The number one reason bullies hate their victims, is because the victims tell on them. Telling makes the bully want to retaliate. Tell an adult only when a real injury or crime (theft of something valuable) has occurred. Would we keep our friends if we tattled on them?
Rule #8: Don’t be a sore loser.
Rule #9: Learn to laugh at yourself and not get “hooked” by put-downs. Make a joke out of it or agree with the put-down. For example: “If you think I’m ugly, you should see my sister!”
Who wrote this crap? Do they even realize how dangerous this language is? This does nothing but empower the bullies.
Don’t worry though, after being inundated with outraged parents, the school district responded and apologized, with a portion of a letter written by the school’s principal:
A flyer that contained inaccurate information regarding how to handle bullying situations was sent home with Zeman Elementary School fifth-graders.
Our educators at Zeman Elementary School work hard to provide accurate and appropriate lessons and education for our students in how to handle bullying situations. The flyer was sent home with good intentions, unfortunately, it contained advice that did not accurately reflect LPS best practices regarding response to bullying incidents.
I mean c’mon!
A simple Google search of “Tips to Battle Bullying” gave me these options:
Teach children it’s okay to say NO!
Teach children to walk away.
Encourage children to include all students.
Tell students to stick up for themselves.
Make sure students report any incidents to a teacher immediately.
Read more on bully prevention strategies for grades K-6.
Well, that was easy.
In other words: Be kind to one another. Stop being mean. Stop being jerks. Learn to love and accept early in life. It’s not really that hard.