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Beating Bullies January 24, 2007

Posted by David in North-East Asia.
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No one likes a bully, and those guilty of bullying should be punished. Agreed? Well, a Japanese government-appointed panel seems to think so, and they go so far as to suggest bringing back corporal punishments in the school system.

A BBC News story, which appeared today, noted that the Japanese panel did not say they favour beating students, as a form of punishment, but they did make it clear that there had to be “an end to a policy of leniency”. Especially where bullying is concerned.

Granted this has been a growing problem in the Japanese school system for a number of years. As a matter of fact, “bullying was found to be involved in 14 of 40 youth suicides from 1999 to 2005”. However, I wonder if bringing back corporal punishment really is the answer.

Wouldn’t a better solution be to, first of all, have teachers not ignore these acts, and involve both sets of parents? It should be up to the child’s parent(s) to decide whether or not disciplining is in order, not some teacher or other school staff.

After-all, a bully is, in the end, the product of his/her parents, and that is where the solution lies. At home. 

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