I was reading an article in the Kennebec Journal this morning about a child that was constantly being bullied, and one afternoon was choked at recess. When the child’s father learned that the bully received only a two-day suspension and would return to class, he filed an assault charge and pulled his son from the school for safety reasons.
On Maine’s end, parents were outraged. Said he overreacted.
Personally? Not having a child myself, I'm not sure what the punishment should be. Aside from having almost all privileges stripped, chores until he can't see straight and a helluva lot of lectures on right and wrong ...
I think the punishment for choking was far too light.
The school gets put in a difficult position, because they are expected to deal out consequences, but ultimately have to look out for the best interests of both children.
Bullying, in my opinion: falls under the subject of parental responsibility. Children should know what acceptable behavior is; they should know the difference between right and wrong, and frankly, parents need to grow up, step up, and stop trying to be the kid’s friend. The kid has enough friends: what s/he needs is rules, regulations and appropriate consequences.
So what would you have done in the father's position??