An Ohio first grader is facing disciplinary action after peeing on a female classmate in the school lunchroom.
“[My daughter] told me that some boys had exposed themselves at school. Other children had witnessed what happened and one of the boys had urinated on her pants,” said the mother.
The little girl said, “We sat down. He said, ‘I got to use the bathroom’ and he peed on my knee.”
Okay, so let me get this straight. This little girl had been exposed to male genitalia by her classmates … but what really got the school’s attention was when one of them whipped it out and took a piss on her? I have two daughters, and I have to tell you, I’d be angry and upset if some kid took a leak on them—but I’d be bullshit over a boy exposing himself (and yes, I realize you sort of have to expose yourself in order to pee if you’re male, but you know what I mean). To me, the exposure is a far bigger deal than the peeing.
Principal Terry Lipford said, “We’re not denying that happened. Unfortunately, situations like that happen, we take it very seriously.”
Lipford said he met with the girl’s mother to discuss the incident the following day. He also spoke with the little girl and made sure she talked with a guidance counselor. Lipford says the school does not tolerate “bullying” and is looking into whether the alleged harassment is an on-going issue.
The girl’s mother says her 7-year-old daughter has endured bullying by several classmates throughout the school year. “For the past six months, one of the little boys for sure has been bullying her, pulling on her hair.”
Despite several meetings and conversations with the teacher, the mother says the harassment has continued.
“We are going to investigate her concerns. If there was bullying concerned, we will deal with that,” said Lipford.
I’m probably going to take some heat for this, but the concept of “bullying” in terms of schools has become out of control. Yes, it happens. Yes, it’s horrible. No, this girl should never have been doused with bodily fluids. However, using the recent buzzword “bullying” attracts media attention, sets up lawsuit opportunities, and in general creates bedlam–and kids (and their parents) KNOW this.
Hear me out. I’ve worked in the education field for ten years. I have seen horrible examples of bullying, but the ones that were truly appalling (and had a clear victim) were few and far between. Generally, it goes something like this: