What about at School?
As we examine the issue of Bullying and Bullying Prevention in our schools and in our communities, we would be remiss if we didn't look at the messages we are sending to our children with school policy and rules within our learning environments. These messages may sound good but have little or no value in practice and, in the case of Zero Tolerance policies, have in fact produced system-wide failures both in practice and in effectiveness.
In the article Zero Tolerance, Stephen Daley explains the intricacies of Zero Tolerance polices; what it was meant to do, what it actually does and what Zero Tolerance looks like through the eyes of a child.
Many children today are not only losing hope they are giving up, when you see that children as young as 9 years old are so hurt that they consider suicide a real option to stop their pain and suffering the answer is clear.
radKIDS believes that Zero Tolerance policies are unjust and contributory to the bullying pandemic we are experiencing today. In fact, in many cases these policies can and do violate a child's right to defend themselves which is supported by law in all 50 states. We advocate strongly for change.
The choice is ours and so is the responsibility.