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OT: Do You Think The School Should Be Responsible for Making it Right?
May 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Mom Whose Kid Was Described as a 'Freak' in Yearbook Overreacts Big Time (VIDEO)

by Jeanne Sager Wednesday at 9:01 AM

Dylan WorthenIt's the question of the decade. How far should schools go to stomp out bullying? Should a school, for example, confiscate 900-some yearbooks, destroy them, and print new books ... all because one student was called a mean name on one page of the book? That's what the mom of a teenager called a "freak" in a caption of his marching band photo wants.

Dylan Worthen's name was adjusted by someone prior to the printing of the South Paulding High School yearbook this year. Every book purchased by students at South Paulding features a photo of the 16-year-old with the addition of "freak" as a second last name.

It's cruel. It's awful. But does that mean the school should shoulder the burden of printing new books?

I don't mean to be insensitive.

If my daughter were labeled a freak in her yearbook, I don't doubt that I'd be right where Dylan Worthen's mom is, shaking my fist and demanding things be put right.

But my daughter wasn't, and I'm not.

And so my view isn't clouded by a personal bias that makes it hard to see the bigger picture.

Her son was bullied, and the kids responsible should be brought to heel for it. They should be punished. 

But how far should this school go? What does zero tolerance really mean?

We are finally at a point in society where school bullying has gone mainstream, so to speak, and we're really talking about it. No longer are we telling kids that they need to buck up and deal with it.

As a formerly bullied kid and mom of a kid who started dealing with bullies in pre-school, I'm glad to see schools taking action. But we need to be careful not to swing too far in the other direction.

Common sense must prevail!

What happened to Dylan Worthen was awful. It sucks.

But in the scheme of things, being called a "freak" in your high school yearbook is not the worst thing that could happen. Some kids saw it and probably laughed. Most probably saw it and rolled their eyes.

The real damage is if the kids who did it get away with it and aren't punished. If that happens, then ... well, isn't that enough?

Surely it's not bad enough to require a school district spend thousands of dollars on re-printing a yearbook. Thousands of dollars that could be spent on educating kids?

Video here

What do you think the school should do here?

Is it enough just to punish the kids or should the school be responsible for making it right?

Replies

  • mem82
    by mem82
    May 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM
    I think they should do a reprint. Ultimately, an adult should have been through the book with a fine tooth comb after the kids had gotten through with it. How horrible for that kid!
  • tuffymama
    May 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM
    Reprint. Absolutely, and there should be a legitimate investigation to discover who did it and hold their parent(s) responsible for the cost.

    "Writing" like this really demonstrates Jeanne Sager's a$$hole streak. Seriously. She needs to sit down hard on the "big picture." Sideways.

    I cannot even figure out why that kid was singled out. He looks normal to me. Public school is nothing but a holding pen for prison, a drone indoctrination program, and a corral of easy targets for jerk bullies.
  • jeweldragons
    May 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Reprint. I wonder if they would be able to find the kid who did this but probably not which is sad.

  • mommy4lyf
    May 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Make the parents of the bullies pay for reprinting the yearbook.

  • mem82
    by mem82
    May 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM
    I agree.

    Quoting tuffymama:

    Reprint. Absolutely, and there should be a legitimate investigation to discover who did it and hold their parent(s) responsible for the cost.



    "Writing" like this really demonstrates Jeanne Sager's a$$hole streak. Seriously. She needs to sit down hard on the "big picture." Sideways.



    I cannot even figure out why that kid was singled out. He looks normal to me. Public school is nothing but a holding pen for prison, a drone indoctrination program, and a corral of easy targets for jerk bullies.
  • jen2150
    by jen2150
    May 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I would demand a reprint and a public apology from all involved.  If I didn't receive it I would sue for libel.  Only the people involved should pay for the printing.

  • bluerooffarm
    May 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

     In most school's one specific yearbook writer is responsible for a page, there is also an editor that needed to look over the page and a teacher/advisor responsible for every page of the book.  The yearbook club is completely responsible for the content and those students and advisor should pay for the reprint.  There should be a complete shakedown of the club and responsible parties should be punished.

  • Dawn07
    by Dawn07
    May 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM
    Saw this earlier. Yes, the school should reprint why would he deserve to be called this and then reminded of it the rest of his life.
  • catrig
    by catrig
    May 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Why shouldn't they pay for a reprint?

  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    May 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM

     Just one more reason to put on the list of "why my kids don't go to public school".

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