Opinion: Florida school to have anonymous anti-bullying hotline

By Tim Waldorf
Naperville Sun
When classes start this fall, District 204’s Web site will have a special section where students and parents can anonymously report bullying to their principals and school social workers. Seems like a good idea.

If it is used properly — if teachers and administrators use this tool to proactively and aggressively address this sort of behavior — it may well spare many students a great deal of physical and emotional pain. It may even save lives. And that’s reason enough to continue developing anti-bullying programs.

But, at the risk of sounding insensitive to those kids who are victims of this bad behavior and the parents who wonder what’s being done to stop it, don’t expect these efforts to work wonders. When the District 204 board discussed this initiative during its July 13 meeting, two comments from board members stuck in my memory.

First, when the topic of bullying was introduced, Mark Metzger jokingly asked if the administration’s presentation was a “how to.” Full story.


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