Bullies on tape

Everybody wants to be on TV, including a 10th grade bully at an Ohio high school who got a friend to videotape him beating up another kid — in class. The teacher was distracted by other students and didn’t notice what was going on till the victim had been punched at least 10 times in the head. Scroll down to see the video.

EdWonk, a classroom teacher, writes that bullies are protected from accountability by the “code of silence” and the reluctance to expel violent students:

In other words, the bullies do not fear (nor respect) school authorities. And the victims know that the school will not protect them.

As an actively serving classroom teacher, I can affirm that this is the type of criminal behavior that is occurring everyday in classrooms around the country. There have been numerous classroom fights in my own mid-sized California school district. The difference, of course, is that this particular malefactor (obviously lacking any brains whatsoever) had an (equally idiotic) accomplice videotape the crime.

Odds are the predators will be enrolled at another school, where they’ll find fresh victims, EdWonk writes.

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  1. It can be even worse. Here in X city the usual practice is to transfer the VICTIM to a different school as well as the offender. Ostensibly, this is to protect the victim from retaliation from the offender’s cell mates. The effect, of course, is to suppress complaints of abuse: “You didn’t really want to make a report, did you?”

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Schools should never take it on themselves to resolve criminal acts. Call the cops and let the bully go to jail.

  3. School bullies are one instance of a substantially larger problem. We just don’t deal with youthful offenders in an appropriate and proportional basis. Call the cops? Sure. The cops will let the kid go with a warning.

    There needs to be a better total process than the all-too-common one of letting kids continue to do bad things and then finally lowering the boom when something really serious happens. This stuff needs early intervention and, unfortunately for already overloaded schools, that means the schools.

  4. Hellooooooooooooooo! Hidden video cameras!

  5. Walter E. Wallis says:

    If the cops don’t do their duty, get new cops. Physical violence or threat of violence demands more than administrative sanction.

  6. Assault is assault. By the time kids are in junior high, they should know and expect that assaulting another citizen will result in criminal charges. Teachers and administrators who refuse to take action should face criminal charges as accessories to the crime.

  7. Carl Larson says:

    High school kids that commit an assault may be arrested, face criminal charges, and be processed by the court system, but that doesn’t mean that they will be expelled from the school.

    I have two girls in my classes that have participated in assaults this year. Both were suspended, but were back in school 2-5 days later. I know of similar cases in my school, including one boy that cut another boy with a knife, yet is back in the building.

    The principal and vice-pricipal of discipline say they are doing all they can to get these students expelled, but they have been unable to.

    The situation baffles me. One of the girls I mentioned has comitted numerous assaults, has been systematically engaging in gang activity at the school, and bullies and shakes down students on a daily basis. Yet when she chooses to come to school, me and my fellow teachers have to let this punk in our rooms.

  8. Jack Tanner says:

    ‘The teacher was distracted by other students and didn’t notice what was going on till the victim had been punched at least 10 times in the head.’

    Yeah, sure. No lack of accountability there.