Typed by Edwin Bonilla
Being bullied is a negative experience. Being called names and dropping a person’s stuff from a stair well is the stuff of bullying. Unfortunately, some school districts don’t do anything against bullying or to help students who have been bullied. Government action should be taken to fix school districts which have not taken necessary steps against bullying. Government action would also make sure that the needs of students who have been bullied are taken care of. In a documentary released in 2013, “Mentor” by Alix Lambert, shows negligence by the Mentor school district. The documentary is about two students who committed suicide because of bullying in Mentor, Ohio.
One of those students who committed suicide was Sladjana Vidovic. She was heavily bullied throughout her time at Mentor high school. She was also bullied in middle school. Students bullied her because of her Croatian ethnicity and bullies used sexist terminology against her. That school didn’t discipline any bullies. Security guards and administrators didn’t stop physical abuse while it was happening. Mentor high school has negligent administrators who are at fault for not taking the necessary steps to stop and punish bullying. The documentary shows the harm which Sladjana Vidovic experienced in detail. It was if the entire city of Mentor was against her. According to Alix Lambert, Mentor high school had a severe culture of conformity reinforced by its high school football games.
Government action should be used to take down pervasive bullying at schools. The federal or state government should take absolute control of a school district in this case. The school district’s board would be dissolved. The federal or state government would implement its own rules against bullying. Enforcement would be strict. Every teacher, security guard and administrator would monitor the classrooms and hallways. Bullies would be suspended. Bullies who don’t obey anti-bullying policies would be expelled. This is because they have harmed a student and those bullies won’t stop until an unfortunate end may occur. Hard discipline is the right type of punishment against bullies. If a large percentage of students are suspended or expelled for bullying, then let it be so. The school district in Mentor, Ohio should have been under this type of federal or state government control.