Who should be forced to leave their friends, teachers & classrooms when bullying occurs? The victim or the perpetrator? Obviously, the perpetrator. With many, many online school choices flooding the market, these troubled students could be removed from other children and still receive a great education. Here in Washington State, as in most of the states, there are laws that offer parent choice in education. There are even online public schools that provide an accredited program with accredited teachers that result in an official diploma from the state- not the regular GED that many homeschooling programs provide. It is a great solution to a difficult problem, right?
But does this happen? No. In fact, the opposite has become the norm. Parents of bullied students are flocking to homeschooling options- just to keep their students from getting beaten, being humiliated or committing suicide in their despair. One would think that their school districts would bend over backward to ensure that these unfortunately children, already traumatized by violent bullying, got the best education possible under the circumstances, right? Especially if it didn’t cost them any money or effort to do so. Right?