Make a Law that Private Schools Should Recognize Bullying and Enforce a NoTolerance Policy
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My husband and I just recently pulled our son out of a Private Waldorf School because he was being bullied. There were several instances where one child in particular had kneed our child in the groin. This particular child would also act out in class and make it where our child was unable to focus in class. One day, our son was being bullied so bad by this child, he was in after school care and was self-harming and not one adult that was present took note of this. When bringing this to the attention of the principal they looked at me specifically and told me they would figure out why it wasn't noticed. This day in particular we were not notified of this instance by anyone other than our son. The next day our son was jumped at school by the same child. He was grabbed from behind on his shoulders so hard that he fell to his knees. His bully punched and kicked him in the leg and stomach. Other children joined in. His teacher at the time was on the playground at recess. We were not notified of this instance until our son was picked up from school and mentioned it to his father. The principal did not find it necessary to notify us. When we requested a sit-down with the parents and the principal it was denied and the principal told us it would be better if just the children sat and talked with the principal. This particular child that was bullying my son never had any kind of reprimand even though their school policy stated that the child would have a 2 day suspension until they figured out what to do. This child, in the same week, struck another child so hard they could barely stand the rest of the day. That child's parents were not informed of this situation either until they saw their child that day. This school in particular does not have a counselor on staff nor a school nurse and claims that all their staff is trained in First Aid/CPR. Yet there are multiple children being bullied and getting head injuries. When they obtain these head injuries they are "checked" by staff to see if they have a concussion or not. Nowhere, in their training that they have shared with us does it say they are trained to administer these types of assessments.
In the State of Oregon we have several laws that relate to Bullying in School. There is the House Bill 1555 that relates to no toleration of any type of bullying and ORS 339.351 as well as ORS 339.356 that have strict guidelines as to what bullying is as well as what policies need to be enforced. However, this does not extend to Private Schools. If public schools must have a Counselor and Nurse on staff as well as an Anti-Bullying Program we want the children in Private Schools to have the same. Children in Private schools should have the same mandated rights as children in Public Schools as well as the same mandated accountability process or similar. Children should be taught to be kind and KNOW what Bullying is and the fact that it will not be tolerated.
Please help us create a Bill and ORS that will extend these laws and policies to Private Schools.
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