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So much about bullying in the schools has to do with the adults involved. Training is becoming adequate for teachers and other staff in the schools and for bus drivers on the school buses to intervene. What is missing is action from administrations to follow-through, to confront. These retreat when bullied by the parents of bullies. So often the target, or the teacher or the bus driver adequately confront only to be sideswiped by administration action refusing to confront the adult bullies, the child’s parents’. The skills of administrators to confront seem easily overwhelmed by their own fears of being mobbed. They present an intellectual’s concept of a tough action while inside continually look for excuses and escapes, including escape by blaming the target or other adult staff. Bullies (both children and adults) first steal power from their targets and use that power against those targets. Weak administrator actions invite mobbing. Until administrations learn to steal back the power the bullies have stolen and return it to the targets, including adult staff, the bullies prevail. Bullies these days are more committed to keeping stolen power than are the owners of that power willing to take it back. We loose teachers and have a chronic school bus driver shortage in this country not because of the kids, and that includes the bullies, but more so because of administrations that fail to support their adult staff, in reality often blame excellent staff for an administration’s own failures. An administration's lack of skill to confront the hostile, watered down remedies, and fearfulness, can for the rest of us turn a work to love in to a job to hate. Do not be deceived in to thinking the kids are the problem. Stop bullying now video introductory: http://www.youtube.com/user/2safeschools
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