Letter: Why are some kids afraid to go to school?

By on February 11, 2010

School is a place for leaning and for kids to be comfortable and interact with their peers. So why are some kids afraid to go to school?

Bullying is a very serious problem at school, and it is often overlooked, or it has become somewhat accepted. Children pushing one another, or punching or hitting one another, can be seen throughout all grade levels in school, and we’ve accepted that kind of behavior as “just the way kids act.”

Teachers are letting more and more slip by as the years go on. Just the other day, I was walking down the hall to my locker, and as I looked up, a student threw another student into a locker, laughing the whole time, as a teacher stood by and watched.

I understand that this is not a very big sign of bullying to most people, because the two students may have been friends, but if a teacher doesn’t step in when they are “friends,” will they step in when the students aren’t? This isn’t the classic “give me your lunch money” bullying, but it is still bullying and it is still wrong.

I’m not saying teachers should suspend a kid for just horsing around—but they should confront them, let them know it is wrong, and tell them not to do it again.

As time goes on, we will end up accepting more and more of this behavior. Before you know it, full-out fights will be going on as teachers walk by, saying, “oh, kids will be kids,” and shrugging their shoulders.

School isn’t professional hockey where fights are allowed. But kids are also at fault here. Kids stand by and watch it happen, without stepping in or speaking up. Kids don’t think it’s cool to stand up for themselves or each other, because of the way they’ll be looked at, but what’s not cool is standing by and letting it happen.

Many participate in these behaviors, pushing their limits to see just how much they can get away with. They need to know it’s wrong. Teachers need to step in, and kids need to step up.

This problem won’t stop itself. Don’t just be a witness. Intervene and let your peers know that what they’re doing is wrong. Make a change.

Blake Sowell
Freshman at KHS