Bullying is a topic that always seems to take on steam when school starts up each year in Michigan. There is no doubt it will come around again this year. There are laws aimed at bullying and stopping it from happening. Schools create strict policies. Yet, despite these things, it is a problem that never seems to go away. According to Michigan Radio, anti-bullying laws just do not seem to work and school policies are equally ineffective.
The law requires schools to have policies addressing bullying. So, schools created them. Many take a no-tolerance stance meaning everyone who is proven to be a bully receives punishment. Some schools have done a great job following the law and it shows. However, some schools are not following the law.
One of the most important aspects of anti-bullying laws is the reporting of incidents from the school to the school board. This is where schools are failing horribly. They are keeping instances internal in the school where it happens and not letting anyone else know. They are essentially trying to push the problem under the rug. This does nobody good. When a school board does not know about bullying in the school, it cannot create proper rules and procedures.
Schools are also reluctant to label instances as bullying. They try to hide what is happening. Whether this is because they simply cannot recognize bullying for what it is or they want to make sure their school seems like a bully-free environment when it is not, it does not matter. Not being honest about bullying only leads to more bullying. This information is for education and is not legal advice.