Randy Duke of Victoria, TX is picketing his son Max's school with a sandwich sign. It reads, "Bullying victims are punished here." Max was bullied by kids until he'd had enough. He'd been picked on for three years, and finally fought back.
Administrators say there's no changing their decision to send Max to an alternative school for 30 days. Now Mr. Duke stands vigil outside Cade Middle School on his precious time home from Afghanistan.
Max had made a paper airplane for a special needs child, and the bullies, who he said follow him everywhere, stepped on it. According to the news story, they went at it, and guess who got punished? Now Max can't attend marching band, the only thing that was helping bring him out of his shell, his father said.
Let's send a strong message to Cade Middle School Principal Lisa Blundell. Tell her the rules need to change. Bullies should be punished. Not their victims. Send email to Lisa.Blundell@visd.net.
Sorry I'm not able to copy a link to the story. It's just not working for some reason!
by FromAtoZOctober 9, 2012 at 7:49 PM
Reading a little more on it, I'm still not clear. Meaning, if this kid was bullied for several years, what attempts where made to stop it?
Nothing is mentioned about the kid Max got in to the fight with. I would be curious to know what, if any, punishment he received.
I don't agree with going to an alternative school for 30 days.
Dad was in the Navy, he is a vet. He is not active duty, as it sounds in the article above. He was training Afghan police officers.
If the other boy did indeed push Max to begin this, I would think he would be in trouble as well.
IN middle school, my son was tired of big 8th graders body slamming a small 6th grader againt the concrete walls in the bathroom, so one day he finally had enough and slammed one of the bigger kids against the wall. My son got in trouble, but not the real bullies. That's when I marched into the school and took my son out of in-school suspension.
I was being chased down the hall because I didn't stop by the office first. Tuff shit. I then took my son to the principle's office and told him point blank that the vice principle and counselors were NEVER to talk to my son again and I would have a lawyer with me if anything like that EVER happened again.
After that we didn't have any problems. Parents need to take a stand on things like this. It isn't right that the person defending himself gets in trouble, but not the real bullies.
I applaud this father, but my kid would never go back to that school and wouldn't be in alternative school either. He would be homeschooled on k12 online at home.
by ButterMeUpOctober 9, 2012 at 7:53 PMHere if you fight period, it's automatic alternative school. If you're arrested, it's jail time plus a year in Alternative school.
What happened to fighting after school, so you didn't get caught by anyone?
by rfurlonggOctober 9, 2012 at 7:55 PMI agree.
I would need to know more about this prior to forming a real opinion.
Also, dad using his precious time while home from Afghanistan really has nothing to do with this other than for effect.
Part of the bullying problem lies in the fact that generally the victim is also punished. Most of the time bullies don't care all that much about being punished and they know their victim, should he/she strike back, will be punished as well. I've seen it happen any number of times. The no tolerance policy gives no room for defending ones self.