September 011 ewsletter
motionally for being a "book worm" with a nerv us habit, and having theschool repeatedly ignore his calls for help, this student finally responded totwo of his attackers in a by picking up a screwdriver and threatening:"I've had enough. If you leave me alone, I'll leave you alone."The school's response: they expelled the student who was being bullied; theother students - it seems - were left alone.o be sure, a student who threatens other students with a screwdriver shouldbe severely disciplined - and perhaps expelled.On the other hand, it also appears that he has now been victimized again - utthis time by the educational institution itself rather than its student body; inffect, the school has chosen to penalize this student yet again for the school'sown negligence in failing to adopt and enfor e a zero tolerance policy forbullying.Stated differently, it seems very clear that the school - had it been dischargingits responsibility to this student's safety properly – could ery well haveprevented this incident from occurring. And for that reason - and on olicygrounds - I think that the school should be deemed negligent and heldaccountable as a matter of law.
“It seems very clear that the school – had it been discharging its responsibility for this student’s safety – could very well have prevented this incident from occurring.”
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