Many reports have recently surfaced of teachers who have been bullying students. In South Carolina alone, there are allegations that a Charleston County School District high school teacher bullied a student to the point of attempting suicide*. Not far from Charleston, in Horry County, there are accusations that a special education teacher has been hitting an autistic student and putting soap in the child's mouth**. These reports are not limited to South Carolina but are popping up in Florida, California, and Connecticut as well.
Bullying in schools, while not a new subject, is now more frequently twisted to where the teacher is the one doing the bullying. The incidents above represent only two of the many reports that have come out since this school year has begun.
In doing some independent research, one eyewitness came forward, expressing the horrifying scene of a Title 1 elementary school teacher physically causing harm to a student. The student, a 4th grader, allegedly had his legs pulled upward by the teacher causing him to fall backwards off of a bench. The fall resulted in the student hitting his head on the concrete ground. According to sources, the teacher at fault took no accountability for her actions. The school nurse wrote a note to the student's parents placing the blame on the student for his own injury. The eyewitness, also a teacher at the same school, attempted to confront the tenured teacher only to end up being let go from her position while the tenured teacher remained without reprimand.
While we have some outstanding educators in our schools, the system is also plagued with those individuals who should be dealt with firmly and not allowed to hide behind administration or the honor of tenure. Bullying is no longer student against student. It is time that these adult bullies are found accountable for their actions along with any administrators who chose to look the other way.
Schools need to stand behind their promise of being a safe place for our children to learn in.