Saturday, March 17, 2012

Reaction to Rutgers gay-spying case: From ’vengeance’ to ’precedent-setting’

Reaction to Rutgers gay-spying case: From ’vengeance’ to ’precedent-setting’

This situation should make everyone take notice.  First, we lost another student way to young because of a social embarrassment or public shunning in this case due to his sexual orientation.  Second, that this type of behavior that led to this unfortunate result will not be tolerated in a court of law.  All members of our civilized society need to think before they act.  Then, consider the fall out of their action.

It is for this very reason that we in Cumberland Public Schools have taken a strong stance with the passage of our anti-bullying/harassment policy.  We are promoting pro-social behavior and intervene when our students are not meeting our expectations.  We assist our students in making responsible decisions.  We also provide them multiple ways to get help.  We have trusted adults, responsible bystanders, and an anonymous reporting system.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who have lost a loved one too soon as a result of bullying/harassment.

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