Students Say Teachers Are The Bully!

Most discussion about bullying in schools revolves around concern for children who are being intimidated by others and forced to be subjected to violation of their individual rights. However, a survey conducted by the Swedish children’s magazine, Kamratposten, opens the door to a new issue — are teachers the bullies in schools? An estimated 16% of children responded that their teacher bullied them and many cited examples of verbal bullying. An eight year old child commented, “he said I was slow as a tortoise.”

Editor Ola Lindholm, noted her surprise at the 16% figure: “I would have hoped that the figure would have been lower… But, it is a well known fact that there are teachers out there that violate the integrity of their pupils.” It is a rather sad commentary on life when children have to fear their teachers!

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