A well caring and respectful parent would not have been offuscated of such treatment as she would have been obsessed at her son to act like that. I agree, it might not be pleasant, but this disease of bullyism and racism have to stop and if everybody continue this marshmallow attitude, victims will continue to suffer… to death.
This child had learn that from somebody, maybe it is for that the parent found this was normal behavior and harsh punishment, isn’t it? Maybe parent should be punished also to teach such attitude to their child.
When I was in school, I had been bullied because I was so small and chetive and nobody took my defence… not even teachers or my parents who were telling me that it was my fault… I was there and breathing, I presume. I was desperate and cried in silence for many years. Recently, many years after, I was agressed by a woman, a master buly should I say, who tried to destroy me and slandered me… again, nobody helped me. I have all the written proofs of what she did but no lawyer or advocate want to help me even though she owes me a lot of money.
So, what is that kind of society where the bullies get free and the victims, victimized more? It is soooo stupid. And what is frustrating is that those bullies and family of bullies are all offuscated when the victims talk. Then, they are called liars and pushed down more.
Wake up, people, all together we can do something and save lives. Don’t forget, there is no age that count for a bully, they grow up too as well as their ugly attitude. Children are dying and adults too. If noboby stand up, there will be more death!
Boy, nine, put in isolation for calling classmate ‘chocolate’
A mother has complained of “harsh treatment” after her nine-year-old son was put into isolation over two days for referring to a schoolmate as “chocolate”.
By Julie Henry, Education Correspondent Published: 8:00AM BST 25 Apr 2010
The pupil was taken out of class on a Friday afternoon and told to write an essay against “racism” as a punishment. He also apologised to his fellow pupil.
When he turned up for school the following Monday, he was again placed in isolation for the whole of the morning.
The incident has been officially logged by Woodland Middle School, in Bedford, with details passed on to the local authority, under controversial Government guidelines which say that all alleged “racist incidents” have to be recorded by head teachers and councils.
Vanessa Walsh, the mother of the pupil, has written a letter of complaint to the school about the way her son was treated and her concerns that the incident last month will be on his school record indefinitely. School governors are investigating her complaint and Mrs Walsh, who runs her own business, is due to meet them to discuss the issue.
It is believed that the pupil’s comment was directed towards a mixed-race child.
Jeff Conquest, the head teacher at the school, said some of the details of the incident were “not correct” but said he could not comment on an individual case.
“I can’t go into any details. But where something is perceived to be racist by a particular person to whom it is said, it has to be taken very seriously,” he said. “There is a requirement on schools to protect children and take this seriously.
“I cannot go into the details or the hurt that was caused or how public a thing it was and how many people heard it. Even if there is no real racist intent behind the use of certain language, or if things are said in ignorance, if the words are regarded as offensive it has to be recorded.”
The requirement on schools to log “racist incidents” was strengthened in 2002, and the Department for Children, Schools and Families, intends to make recording such incidents a statutory duty this year.
In recent years, concerns have been raised that teachers have over-reacted to playground squabbles and innocent comments made by pupils to classmates. A report published at the end of last year found that schools were listing 40,000 incidents of racism a year, involving children as young as five.
Primary-age children and even toddlers in nurseries had been punished for racist insults, it said, even if they did not understand the terms they used. The report, by the Manifesto Club, which campaigns against unnecessary regulation, also claimed that the policy was creating a divide between white and black children by forcing them to see everything in terms of race.
“This case sounds like a gross over-reaction to something which should be been dealt with using a bit of tact,” said a spokesman for the campaign group. “It shows how local authorities and the Government are essentially giving schools no choice in how they deal with things.
“Nine-year-olds throw words around in a different way to adults. Teachers need to teach children to be open-minded and even-handed and this is a question of moral guidance, not following ten-step procedures and reporting incidents to councils. This kind of heavy-handedness does more harm than good.”
Woodland Middle School’s policy on dealing with racist incidents, based on one produced by Bedfordshire County Council, runs to six pages. It says the school “wholeheartedly” supports the definition of a racist incident, which emerged from the inquiry in to the murder of school boy Stephen Lawrence, as “an incident which has been perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person”.
It lists 18 forms of behaviour which could be prompted by a “racist motive” including “derogatory name calling”, “using ridicule” and “theft”. It says that parents should always be alerted, even to “trivial” incidents.
Any racist incident at the school is recorded on the county council online “behaviour log”. The head teacher said that the council’s record does not include the names of the pupils involved. Ofsted cited the school’s anti-bullying measures as one of the factors behind improvements in children’s behaviour, which was rated as good by inspectors.
A county council report revealed that Bedfordshire’s 220 schools had reported 367 racist incidents in 2007/08. Nearly half of the schools reported at least one incident. The report said that action taken by schools in most cases was to talk to the pupils involved, and sometimes their parents.