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Posted on March 2, 2013 12:25 am
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Zafer Unal
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Bullies in the playground
A parent comes in after school and states that their child is being continually bullied in the playground.
Parent: “I’ve come away from work early to deal with this problem. You wouldn’t know because this happens during playtime and there is never a teacher on duty. It is always happening, the school does nothing about it and the child is too scared to come to school.”
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Solution 1
Posted April 18, 2013 7:26 pm

ehyQyD
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I would let the parent know that there is indeed a teacher on the playground and it is unfortunate that the student didn't come and see me to handle it. I would also let the parent know that I will handle it in a way that will not single out the student to the bully. Also, if the problem persists I will find a way to separate the students during that time.
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ypuqum
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I agree with ths soultion in part. I would have expressed to the parent that there is a zero tolernce policy and that this situation will be handled. Bullying is a scary situation for parents and the student being bullied so address the parents concern with seriousness.
  Posted on: October 16, 2014 6:59 pm

Ashley Noe
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I'd also inform the parents that there is indeed supervision. It would need to be closely monitored, but there is a way to fix the bullying problem, whether that be separation during this time or some alternative method.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 7:50 pm

Danielle Brock
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I agree with this case study. I will utilize this information once I become a teacher.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 10:36 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 17, 2015 10:52 pm

sezyQe
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Let the parent know that you are sorry this has not been caught or brought to the attention of an adult, and tell the parent you will have your eyes out for these particular students. However, tell the parent to tell his or her child to bring it to your attention when it happens. Tell the parent that the bully will not know that his or her child tattled.
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Solution 3
Posted October 2, 2015 5:22 pm

LeqeHe
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Apologize to the parent about the incident and let them know you did not know about this. Inform them that there is in fact a teacher on duty during play time and that no one has stated anything like this happening. Tell them you will let the other teacher's know about the student being bullied, but also tell the student he needs to tell a teacher about the bully and ask the student to give you more information about what is happening.
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Solution 4
Posted February 28, 2016 4:49 am

buteJy
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I would inform the parent that playground time is always supervised and bullying will not be tolerated. I would encourage the parent to speak with their child about coming to the teacher when there is a problem. Let them know that they can do this privately to avoid any embarrassment. Students must be encouraged to advocate for themselves and to feel safe doing so.
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Solution 5
Posted March 1, 2016 6:58 pm

uhyJas
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I would apologize to the parent and let them know there is always a teacher on the playground duty. I will make sure the next time they are on the playground I watch their child to see who is bulling them and make sure I put a stop to it.
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