Big bully

A California principal used an anti-bullying assembly to accuse — wrongly — a freshman boy of cyberbullying. Arroyo High School Principal Larry Smith pointed out the boy as he sat with 400 classmates.

“The student was saying he didn’t do it, but then the principal kept saying he did,” said freshman Kenneth Lee. “The principal said he posted an inappropriate picture about someone, but he deleted the picture knowing he did something wrong.”

Smith later admitted the boy “didn’t do anything wrong.” He re-assembled the freshman class to apologize.

Via Reason’s Hit & Run blog.

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  1. Pigs.

  2. I actually like that approach to bullying – public shaming. He should have made sure his case was sound though. Kudos to him for apologizing to an assembly of students.

    He made a mistake and he handled the repercussions well. I have no problem with him.

    • No, he didn’t handle the repercussions well. Do you really think a public apology will make it better? When you’re a kid, and forced to be in school, it’s really traumatic when the authority figures turn on you for no reason. The Principal should be forced to pay private school tuition for the kid.

      Also, if the only way they can think of to deal with bullying is interuppting the school day for assemblies, they’re pretty pathetic administrators.

      Plus, the public shaming method then makes it worthwhile for groups of students to collude and claim a particular student has bullied them just for the joy of watching that kid get shamed when he’s done nothing wrong.

      • I think bullying is serious enough issue that taking time out of day to address it is appropriate.

        I also think it was appropriate for the principal to clear the student’s name in an assembly so that all students would know the kid was innocent and the principal would expose himself to the same embarrassment the kid likely felt.

        I was a kid. I get embarrassment and shame. But I also think there’s room for those who make serious mistakes to redeem themselves and offer restitution.

  3. Clearly the principal needs some graduate work on adolescent psych. He’ll find what the principal here did — some kids will pull a card (bullying, race, anti-whatever) whenever they think the staff will do their bidding and remove the target. Very handy for removing the competition, until the adults wise up.

    The best though, are the potential honors students’ parents..if I had a dollar for every time a wanna-be followed his parents’ coaching and accused his competition of ‘not being serious’ and ‘wasting learning time’….why I could fund several more honors sections and then the bright would have to compete for grades with the smart, not so well behaved children.

  4. BadaBing says:

    Someone needs to write a book titled “Bullying as Mass Hysteria.”