Saturday, May 2, 2009

Reason number 2498 to not send your children to public schools - BULLYING!

Teachers unions survive and exist because of bullying. How do you expect teachers to regulate bullying in schools when they condone bullying? Because they do not see themselves as big bullies they will never be able to regulate bullying in schools to the degree it should be regulated. Children learn by example if they see teachers and administrators as bullies they may become bullies themselves.

If you have ever sat at town hall meeting when the town is discussing the school budget you know what I mean because you have received the nasty glances from school administrators and teachers because you opposed excess education spending. If you have ever received pro-referendum or pro-tax warrant propaganda from your school district you know what I mean. If you ever had to deal with a school strike you know what I mean. Nothing like a group of bullies holding your child's education hostage. Been denied school choice? This is just another form of bullying by the unions. Unions actively fight school choice with massive abuse of your hard earned tax dollars and lobbying. Public schools exist because of the massive bullying by the teachers unions and other education special interests groups. If the dollar followed the child and not the institution there would be less waste of public education dollars and less bullying in public schools.

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The following story appeared on

My bullied son's last day on Earth

By Mallory Simon

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Eleven-year-old Jaheem Herrera woke up on April 16 acting strangely. He wasn't hungry and he didn't want to go to school.

Jaheem Herrera's mother thinks he hanged himself because he was perpetually bullied at school.

But the outgoing fifth grader packed his bag and went to school at Dunaire Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia.

He came home much happier than when he left in the morning, smiling as he handed his mother, Masika Bermudez, a glowing report card full of A's and B's. She gave him a high-five and he went upstairs to his room as she prepared dinner.

A little later, when his younger sister called him to come down to eat, Jaheem didn't answer.

So mother and daughter climbed the stairs to Jaheem's room and opened the door.

Jaheem was hanging by his belt in the closet.

"I always used to see these things on TV, dead people on the news," says Bermudez. "I saw somebody die and to see this dead person is your son, hanging there, a young boy. ... To hang yourself like that, you've got to really be tired of something."

Bermudez says bullies at school pushed Jaheem over the edge. He complained about being called gay, ugly and "the virgin" because he was from the Virgin Islands, she said.

"He used to say Mom they keep telling me this ... this gay word, this gay, gay, gay. I'm tired of hearing it, they're telling me the same thing over and over," she told CNN, as she wiped away tears from her face.

But while she says her son complained about the bullying, she had no idea how bad it had gotten.

"He told me, but he just got to the point where he didn't want me to get involved anymore because nothing was done," she said.

Bermudez said she complained to the school about bullying seven or eight times, but it wasn't enough to save him.

"It [apparently] just got worse and worse and worse until Thursday," she said. "Just to walk up to that room and see your baby hanging there. My daughter saw this, my baby saw this, my kids are traumatized."

She said Jaheem was a shy boy just trying to get a good education and make friends. Watch what experts say about bullying in schools »

"He was a nice little boy," Bermudez said through her tears. "He loved to dance. He loved to have fun. He loved to make friends. And all he made [at school] were enemies."

Bermudez said she thinks her son felt like nobody wanted to help him, that nobody stood up and stopped the bullies.

"Maybe he said 'You know what -- I'm tired of telling my mom, she's been trying so hard, but nobody wants to help me,' " says Bermudez.

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