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Relating to placement of a student in a disciplinary alternative education program for bullying or cyber-bullying.
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(Collin County) March 4, 2011, 12:32 pm
Well since most bullying takes place off of school grounds, I don't see how the bill would have much effect.
(Travis County) February 10, 2011, 11:57 am
Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Education (2/9/11)
(Travis County) January 16, 2011, 10:20 pm
@Ankur Bajaj -- If you were to read my post more carefully, you could see that I meant that the state/schools disciplining one's child in such a manner is overstepping parental authority. Like I said, detention is one thing, even suspension is fine, ... but an alternative re education program is the Nanny-State run amok. Bullying is a problem, and it will always be a problem. So what, the world can't be perfect. Kids get bullied, you're never going to change that, no matter how many strange hippie-love programs you implement. So don't waste our tax dollars and the time/education of our children. Toughen up.
(Travis County) January 16, 2011, 9:36 pm
@ ChollyMac Since when is it within parental rights for their child to negatively impact the emotional or physical health of other students? We all should come together and recognize that bullying in schools is a problem, and deserves a just response, evidenced by the tragedy in New Jersey. That said, kids are placed in disciplinary alternative education programs for all sorts of other offenses, from doing drugs, getting in fights and bringing weapons to school. Therefore, it would not be such of a stretch to put habitual bullies into this sort of alternative education program such that they can't affect their victims, while learning a bit about the consequences of their actions. Bullying can have lasting emotional and physical consequences, and should be recognized as such.
(Travis County) January 14, 2011, 11:59 pm
It is one thing to discipline a child with detention, but something entirely different to take them out of their normal classes for some sort of 're-education'. It also sounds like a dangerous mommy-state program overstepping the boundaries of parental rights.
(Travis County) January 14, 2011, 8:49 am
Does placing a kid in alternative school or in-school suspension really help in the fight against bullying? I like that Rep. Guillen is trying to offer solutions, but I just don't know if this is the best solution to the bullying problem in schools.
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