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Punishing the witness

Posted February 13, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

Traditionally, I have very little regard for state government policies on school bullying. Now I have even less.

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HAVOCK21 is gonna tell you...

Posted February 13, 2014

i see the reatrtds are as fkn fast as ever at BT FKN WE GET TO YA COOOOMENT WHEN WE FKN LIKE!!

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sibeen mutters...

Posted February 13, 2014

Nice blog, JB.

You lot are really entering some new form of dark ages up there. Joh would be very proud.

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Blarkon is gonna tell you...

Posted February 13, 2014

In a decade or so, all kids will be wearing wearable computers - so there will be more recording in the schools.

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Miss Maudy puts forth...

Posted February 13, 2014

Chaos has been sort of bullied off and on since prep by the same thick witted kid and his equally thick witted thugly mate - how does the school choose to deal with it? Put them in the same class because oh yay. That totally makes sense. And to compound it, let's sit them at the same desk so bully boy can break stuff 'accidentally' and oops, shoot him with a rubber band that slipped, miss, I didn't mean to shoot him. Sly kicks in the playground, bit of verbal slap down when nobody can hear. Oh, can't you take a joke when he gathers up the courage to complain.

Oh, boys will be boys and are you sure he's not over-reacting?

I'd like to over-react on the little thug myself, but sure as anything someone would record the bloody thing. And they'd believe that!

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted February 14, 2014

We had this problem for a while. Until I told the school I'd given my daughter permission to use whatever force she thought necessary to bring any physcial harassment to an end. Having infomred them of that, I then infomred they'd be liable if she broke his arm.

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w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted February 13, 2014

Perhaps inappropriately, but I am reminded of when the film of awful prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib was shown. Donald Rumsfeld said he has acted immediately to stop this.

What have you done, Mr Rumsfeld?

I have banned digital cameras, camcorders and cellphones with cameras in military compounds in Iraq.

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Nocturnalist puts forth...

Posted February 13, 2014

Yeah, I see from these remarks and a few over there that I wasn't the first to see this as part of a bigger pattern, a bigger attitude.

"No, you do not get to make recordings, of anything at all, ever. Recordings are for People In Authority to make, for our own purposes, and you don't get to question them or see them. Be silent and obey."

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HAVOCK21 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 14, 2014

All recordings should be through an optical magnification device with attached range finder.

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Darth Greybeard has opinions thus...

Posted February 14, 2014

Could have had a good rave over there with all the examples I saw back in the teaching days. But I don't have any answers. Some kids are bullies, so are some of my former fellow teachers, so are quite a few principals etc. Like any whistleblower anywhere in any organisation if you point it out, you can forget promotion and look forward to rewarding opportunities at the worst school they can send you to.

Trouble is, whichever party is in power, education is an expense with no immediate look-at-what-we-did returns. So you hand it to a department head who is on a contract for big bucks. Want it renewed? Cut, cut, cut the costs and smother the bad publicity. The bullying starts at the top. Nothing will change until the bosses are paid to solve problems rather than hide them.

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