Parents across the United States are taking notice about what their schools are teaching regarding bullying after Zeman Elementary fifth graders in Lincoln, Nebraska, were given flyers to teach them how to act if they are bullied.
The poorly written list of rules took parents by surprise and after the incident went viral the school apologized saying it was "a great learning experience for all."
The school's official response to the flyer on Facebook says, "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 (Lincoln Public Schools) best practices regarding response to bullying incidents.
We encourage all students and parents to continue to communicate with our staff if you have any questions or concerns about bullying situations. We apologize for any problems or confusion this has caused for students and families."
The school says they added a link to their webpage on “The Facts About Bullying,” which contains their new stance and best advice for parents. It is a great lesson for all parents across the U.S. to pay close attention to what your children are being taught. The Rules of Bullying written by Brooks Gibbs has been teaching students at school how to handle bullies from his point of view, which isn't what parents believe their children should be taught.