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On Deadline: When 'bullying' harassment in a Palo Alto school became a federal civil-rights case

Original post made on Mar 22, 2013

Since "bullying" recently became a federal case in Palo Alto schools, with a scorching indictment under a "denial of civil rights" report last December, there has been an eruption of commentary on the topic in the Town Square forum at www.PaloAltoOnline.com.

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Posted by pamom
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 22, 2013 at 11:54 pm

great column Jay. I really liked the conclusion about the importance to kids' well-being of "prompt intervention and coordinated, consistently enforced policies." In addition to being legally required, complaint procedures help kids. Hey maybe that's why they're legally required. . .


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Posted by Mom of a victim
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Mar 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

This is a wonderful article, and it cannot be stresses enough how important prompt intervention is. The problem in PA schools has always been a lack of consistent enforcement, which is how the district got into trouble in the first place, along with a lack of any intervention.

The powers that be in PAUSD seem to have forgotten long ago what it was like to be a child, because how children are treated by their peers as well as adults has a great influence on the adults they become.

I have a hard time believing that Kevin Skelly never experienced bullying in his life. But, then, how to explain his lack of empathy?


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