If You Hear It Or If You See It You Own It
Often times when we hear things or see things that require us to take action, we
become fearful and can often rationalize it away. This can be done by convincing
ourselves that it is not as serious as we thought, the kids were only kidding, or worse
yet, act like we never saw it or heard it. Years ago, teachers used to quake in fear at the
thought of reporting a case of child abuse to the authorities. As an administrator, I was
often asked to make the phone call by a teacher. I did on one occasion and was told
that the person who observed the abuse or heard about it needed to make the report.
With the emphasis placed so heavily right now on anti-bullying, it is critical for teachers
to understand their resources when dealing with an incident of bullying. Teachers are
the first responders and are in the trench observing students on a daily basis. If you
hear or see what you believe is a bullying incident, know who to go to for help. An
administrator or guidance counselor is a good place to start. In doing this, you will never
be alone in the ownership process. You will always have full ownership if you don't
report it at all.
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