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Posted on October 10, 2020 1:34 am
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aParyR
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That is against the Bible
During independent reading time one of the students was reading the book Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. A few of my students began to whisper and point. Later the students went up to the student that was reading the book and stated that God is going to put you in hell for reading those books and you are probably gay. They walked away and the student was very upset.
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 15, 2020 5:27 pm

ygaQaQ
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I think you need to address to your students that everyone is different. That people have different beliefs, values, cultures etc. The idea of being inclusive and creating a classroom environment that is welcoming to all is so important in maintaining respectful and thoughtful students. No student should be bullied by what they are reading. That can be detrimental to a student down the line and might cause fear of choosing the next book he/she wants to read.
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Solution 2
Posted October 12, 2020 12:16 am

aZySud
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I would go over with the students what you want the culture to be in your classroom. I would also go over the rules and expectations to let the students know that bullying is not tolerated and their is discipline for such behavior.
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Solution 3
Posted February 24, 2021 2:41 am

yMaQuD
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Okay definitely NOT okay what the students did to begin with. To start, do not let students speak to one another that way. If this means sending a letter home, then that may help, but definitely jump in to explain that is not okay for classroom behavior. I think having a classroom discussion at that point may be of some benefit, explain that everyone is entitled to their opinions and going out of your way to be hurtful is never acceptable and will not be tolerated. Sometimes sending students to see the principal may be acceptable, but I would start with the classroom discussion.
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Solution 4
Posted February 28, 2021 8:59 pm

yPeRuT
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As soon as you witness this event, you should bring the students who committed the act of bullying to the side and talk to them. Tell them that what they did qualifies as harassment/bullying, that you will not have discrimination in your classroom, and that you will be emailing their parents to let them know what happened. Also talk to the victim to see how they are doing, and email their parents as well to let them know what happened, and that you are working to resolve this issue. Set aside some time to talk to the whole class about your expectations and how bullying is strictly forbidden, and that if you ever see it again referrals will be written.
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Solution 5
Posted December 6, 2020 1:02 am

vuTyVu
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In addition to directly addressing the bullying, try incorporating diversity and inclusion into one of your upcoming lessons. Depending on the age of the students, you can try showing video clips or reading books involving bullying and acceptance. Choose books for read alouds intentionally and ask your students to reflect on a time where they felt left out.
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Solution 6
Posted February 28, 2021 5:30 pm

Lauren Toner
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I would not tolerate that type of behavior inside my classroom. I would have stopped it while it was happening. I would then have a lesson about equality and how it is wrong to bully someone and assuming someone is gay should not happen. I would do a bullying lesson as well. I would also talk to the students all involved and let them know that everyone has their own life and belief systems put into place. I would also talk to the student and the student's parents about the book choice selection to read during school.
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Solution 7
Posted October 10, 2020 4:03 am

Dydymy
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I think this might be a good time to talk to students about being respectful
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Solution 8
Posted December 4, 2020 5:29 pm

Kristen Duffy
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Did you intervene when the students were whispering and pointing? I would say early intervention in this type of behavior can prevent escalations like we see here where they actually went up to the students and say hurtful things. Additionally, I believe that a class meeting should be had to discuss how to positively and respectfully discuss differences of opinions with people and how all different types of people are welcome in our classroom community, but attacking behaviors are not. Finally, I would have a private conference with each of the students that engaged in this behavior and perhaps have them write an apology note to the student who was victimized in this scenario.
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Solution 9
Posted February 24, 2021 6:16 pm

SeGyHu
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This is a touchy topic and I think you should address it by explaining that everyone believes in different things and making accusatory statements such as these is wrong. Respect for others' beliefs is just as important as others respecting your beliefs.
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Solution 10
Posted February 25, 2021 5:23 pm

ameteV
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The behavior should be stopped as soon as the students started bullying the student. This is the time to talk to the class as a whole about respect, talk to the bullied student one on one about how it is okay to express yourself because the classroom is a safe environment, and the students who were bullying should be talked to privately about how everyone is different and there is no need for making fun or name calling.
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Solution 11
Posted February 28, 2021 9:16 pm

eMaTaj
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The next day I would pull the student who made the rude comments and ask why he said that. Tell the student that it is NOT okay to shame someone or make negative comments based on what religion they believe in. If the student is unresponsive, call home and let the parents know about the incident and it is not okay. If it happens again write him up and give a lesson to the class on loving and working together as a class.
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Solution 12
Posted March 1, 2021 12:48 am

Mary Claire Murphy
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I would remind the students of not only the classroom rules and procedures, but bring in the rules and procedures of the school/district. Many describe that being discriminative is not acceptable. All students have the right to their own opinions, but there is no need for them to be rude.

As for the student who was upset, talk to them privately. It is never a bad idea to also involve the guidance counselor for the student to talk to as well. The counselor could even come in and talk to the entire class as well.
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Solution 13
Posted March 3, 2021 11:58 pm

Alana Gray
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I believe that a class review of rules and expectations should take place. Explain that everyone is entitled to what they believe, however, they are to respect others and keep all religious/cultural biases, especially if thought of as rude, to themselves.
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Solution 14
Posted July 1, 2021 6:31 pm

LyVaDe
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Clearly, this kind of thing shouldn't be allowed. All students should be free to express their own cultures and beliefs but within reason. I think it would be important to have some kind of lesson on this and how saying something as they did could be classified as bullying. All the student was doing was reading. Remind that specific student that they should be able to do that without feeling judged and remind the other students that not everything is a sin and not everything means someone is going to hell. Again, if it were me, I would give a lesson that touched on all different kinds of religion and belief systems just to show the students that there are many different ways of living and that's okay.
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Solution 15
Posted March 5, 2021 4:46 pm

Kasey Miller
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I would explain that the Bible also teaches you to love everyone, and that it isn't our place to judge. Teach the golden rule, and send home a letter to the parents explaining how hurtful and out of line the students behavior was.
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