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ERIC Number: EJ944247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Bully at the Blackboard
Koenig, Darlene; Daniels, Roslyn Hester
Teaching Tolerance, n40 p58-61 Fall 2011
His teacher had urged him all year to be more organized, but he still had trouble keeping his work area neat. The boy's papers and other materials were often scattered around, and when his classmates were ready to move on to the next activity, he lagged behind--trying to corral the clutter. On this particular day, the teacher had lost her patience. According to a district report, she chastised her student: "Your area looks like a pig sty. Piggy, piggy! Oink, oink!" Exactly what happened next has been difficult to pin down. But by the time another teacher entered the classroom, the boy had been surrounded by his classmates, who taunted him with "oinks" and other pig sounds. Alone in the center, the boy was sobbing. By some accounts, his teacher--a veteran of 38 years--encouraged the children to join the chant. She told district officials she didn't notice when they began to taunt him, although she did agree it wasn't appropriate behavior. The incident, which drew nationwide attention, was a wake-up call for Roane County Schools in Tennessee. It has educators there wondering what they could have done differently. The authors contend that when the bully is a teacher, every adult in the building needs to act.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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