Posted: Nov 24, 2015 6:07 pm
by Thomas Eshuis
Ironclad wrote:Just seems a little over the top to me, to investigate and find a single kid to punish.

That's not the case.
If you read carefully, I asked the student who else was involved and he would not say.
I said, that, until he does tell who else was involved, he's the only one I know who was and therefore the only one who'd be punished.

Ironclad wrote: The threat of a blanket-punishment was plenty, but followed up with a social lesson on bullying would be just right.
Noticing the child was overly upset could help with some future interaction/intervention, but I'm not sure that hunting down the enemy is a good idea. It might create bitterness. But what do I know, I am not social worker :D

It's not about seeking out enemies, it's about seeking out the people involved and having a chat with them about this type of behaviour and why it's not to be tolerated.
A general chat about bullying will likely have far less of an impact on the perpetrators than a personal conversation.
Also, since the vast majority of the class likely wasn't involved in this incident it might make them feel unduly associated.
But that's why I want to have a conversation with the victim and his tutor/counsellor to see if a general discussion about bullying would help/is required.