Tell Us: New Anti-Bully Law

Does it go far enough?

New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act took effect July 1. The new law aims to provide a safe and supportive environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying either on school property, on a school bus or at a school function. 

Which leads to the question: What do you make of the new bully rule – does it go far enough? Will it be effective in Port Washington? Tell us in the comments.

Ly July 06, 2012 at 03:08 PM
It starts with the school staff. Here in Port Washington 7% of children with disabilities are sent out of the district. At Sousa School there are no children with sever disabilities (classic autism, mental retardation, deaf, blind, CP or Down's etc.) The schools are segregated there needs to be more integration. How can a child grow up and be accepting of people with disabilities, if they are not exposed to them? Some of the staff and children in Port are not used to people who are different. Some staff members have said rude and hurtful comments to our family. One therapist at Sousa said," Everyone is better than my child in gym. The more I complain no one will listen to me". We also have had letters and phone calls to school district administrators ignored. It seems that the school district cares more about it's test scores and public image than providing the least restrictive environment. What is a parent to do when a school district is not accepting of a child who is different?
Ben July 06, 2012 at 03:40 PM
It is impossible to avoid a bully. The rules of "group process" include the bully, martyr, scaepegoat, slut, put a group of people in a room and a bully will emerge. This law will be difficult to enforce. We need to learn how to "combat" a bully because it is impossible to eradicate a bully group process in action the role of bully is high. Every office has a bully, every faculty has a bully, every organization has a bully and so teach your child how to combat a bully.
John Chalker July 07, 2012 at 06:16 PM
It is heartbreaking that I never read about righteous and morally endowed kids protecting fellow youths who are being bullied. I told my son to use his strength to protect innocent victims whenever he can. Now we generate more incoherent laws to regulate moral failure. We've created a race of victims. How sad.
John Chalker July 07, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Yea verily.
ricky ricardo July 08, 2012 at 07:39 PM
When it comes to protecting its reputation, the school board along with senior admin will find as many carpets as possible under which to sweep the problems.


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