The recent suicides of two teenagers has brought school bullying into the national spotlight again, and I knew it was only a matter of time before I was asked to write a story on this troubling subject. The thing is, I don’t want it to be the predictable sort we’ve all read (and I’ve probably written), filled with quotes from experts and advocates and maybe an anecdote or two.
Which is why I’m coming to you. If you’ve been following the school bullying coverage, what has the news media gotten right, and what aspects of the issue have we missed?
How does bullying manifest itself at your school, or outside of school? What do school staff — or other kids — do to stop it, or to keep it from happening in the first place? What doesn’t your school do that it could be doing?
Have you seen the restorative justice approach applied to bullying? How has it worked out?