Bullying episode shows out-of-whack priorities

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This is a follow-up on the letter by Blanche Huckestein (“School Stooges,” April 21) regarding the incident in South Fayette School District and with whose sentiment I agree.

The amazing thing about this case is that with our new Pennsylvania law on stand your ground, if the young victim had taken out a gun and shot his tormentors on the grounds that he felt threatened, he might have been well within his rights, though he might have run afoul of the rules at school regarding firearms. But if he uses a much less dangerous device like an iPad to prevent future harassment by collecting evidence, he is breaking the law.

While the police and judicial authorities might consider themselves to be merely enforcing wiretap law, should not the first reaction of the principal and superintendent have been related to concern regarding bullying going on in the school? Instead, the student was called to the office and forced to delete a recording he made of the bullying, which was evidence, and then the school reported him to the police.

Perhaps the state education board should look into suspending the administrative certificates of the principal and superintendent, who were the two authority figures in the case. By not reacting forcibly to the information about bullying of their wards they displayed a shocking lack of responsibility.

If there is not something in the regulations regarding ineligibility of individuals to continue to hold education administration certifications in good standing in the face of such grossly irresponsible behavior, maybe the education secretary should consider introducing something along these lines in the regulations.

In view of this incident, perhaps it might be very appropriate for the South Fayette School Board to rescind any bonus for this year for the principal and the superintendent.

Franklin Park

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