The school probably thinks the saga has ended. It hasn’t. This story was not just about 4 students bullying a bus monitor. This story highlighted the school’s own challenges in addressing a culture that resulted in a person being bullied in public with not one objection from any of the bystanders.
The punishments were strong and fair, but there is more to be learned:
The Greece Central School district said that the four unnamed students will transfer to an alternative education program within the district to keep up their academic progress, and will be allowed to reapply to middle school after their complete the discipline. They released a long statement about the situation, but here’s the important part:
Rarely are school districts able to announce the exact discipline students receive for violations of the Code of Conduct. It was possible in this case because each of the students involved admitted to wrongdoing, accepted the recommended consequences and agreed to permit the district to publicly release the terms of their disciplinary action.
Click on the link to read my post, “The Kids Who Bullied Their School Bus Monitor Shouldn’t be Punished: Nelson“.