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A security camera inside Carson Elementary School in Ohio recorded the assault on an 8 y.o. boy by a fellow student in a restroom. Other children are believed to have struck and kicked Gabriel Taye as he lay unconscious, then stepped calmly over him. Two days later, the boy hanged himself .
Impact of Bullying
The victims of bullying are more likely to feel disconnected from their peers, self-isolate, and perform poorly in school [2A]. They can have low self-esteem, feelings of emptiness, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Physical problems, also, occur. Victims may have headaches and stomach aches, problems sleeping, and difficulty concentrating – all contributing to higher absenteeism (school avoidance) [2B].
In extreme cases, victims may self-harm (via cutting, alcohol, or drugs) and/or attempt to take their own lives. Tragically, some like Gabriel Taye are successful.
Which begs the question: Are schools keeping our children safe? The evidence strongly suggests they are not.
An investigation by the Associated Press uncovered an astounding 17,000 official reports of sexual assault by students in elementary and secondary schools over a four-year period [3A].
In one notorious South Carolina case, at least four children between 11 y.o. and 14 y.o. were sexually assaulted by as many as 30 others in a gymnasium bathroom at Estill Middle School [3B]. Victims allege that teachers, staff, and administration turned a blind eye to sex between students, regularly allowing children of the opposite sex to enter the bathroom together.
A civil suit is pending, but prosecution was declined. Since victims were underage, they were legally unable to consent to sex. However, an assertion is being made that they were comparatively negligent. No remedial action has been taken whatsoever.
A War Zone
Most parents have little or no choice, but to send their children to public school, where textbooks are scarce; libraries outdated; buildings often decrepit; and resources non-existent. In Philadelphia, PA over 9000 students this year participated in the lottery to determine which 96 would be admitted to one charter school .
Add to these very real concerns safety issues. For a great many, school is not the secure and nurturing environment it was meant to be. It is instead hostile territory. A war zone we can only hope our children will survive.
“And calling to Him a child, He put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven’ ” (Matt. 18: 2-3).
 USA Today, “Student beat him, then others kicked him. Later, 8-year-old kills himself” by Anne Saker, 5/11/17, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/11/student-8-beaten-kicked-kills-himself/317441001/.
[2A][2B] ECB Publishing, “Bullying: not just about stealing lunch money anymore”, 12/8/15, http://www.ecbpublishing.com/bullying-not-just-about-stealing-lunch-money-anymore/.
[3A][3B] Associated Press, “Clash over middle-school sex assaults: Did they happen?” by Juliet Linderman with Justin Pritchard, Reese Dunklin, Emily Schmall, and Claudia Lauer, 5/8/17, http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2017/An-officer-assigned-to-Estill-Middle-School-in-South-Carolina-reported-a-schoolhouse-rape-in-2013/id-e53c214b232e44c68fd06d6f178006e0.
 ABC Action News 6, “9190 Apply for 96 Spots in Philadelphia School Lottery” by Walter Perez, 2/21/1/7, http://6abc.com/education/9190-apply-for-96-spots-in-philadelphia-school-lottery/1766103/.
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