Some school children are already getting “Grinched,” so to speak. In the past couple of weeks while perusing the call logs from the Duncan Police Department, there have been a handful of calls to Duncan High School for fighting, which is nothing new. Students in school have been fighting since school began.

However, the thing that concerns me is that I have gotten parents that have come to The Banner to ask for help with their child being subjected to bullying, which has also been happening since class was first in session. The alarming thing is that most parents say that the “school” is doing nothing about it. I’ve had parents bring in a copy of harrasment reports. The parents say that they have had to get law enforcement involved because they were told that nothing could be done at school.

In light of school violence, it is alarming that bullying, whether it be verbal or physical, would be tolerated.

Bullying wasn’t tolerated when I was in school, and I can remember getting swats for some of my actions in high school, which, I might say, I deserved.

However, this isn’t 1994, and things have changed. Students, both male and female, have been shown on national television in the most atrocious acts of “hazing” or bullying. While we might seem more removed from each other thanks to technology, technology has allowed bullies to spread their words to the masses.

That means bullying used to take place mainly at school, through text, social networking and other avenues, bullying can be a non-stop problem for the person being bullied.

I can remember a few years ago watching a video of a fight involving Altus High School football players on YouTube. Then, you hear about students who were bullied to the point that they lashed out or committed suicide because they just couldn’t endure any more attacks.

 When dealing with a bully, most online resources agree that if a person being bullied fights back, then there is an increased chance of physical harm. Also, most say that bullying is apt to stop if peers and adults in authority get involved.

Please, keep in mind that there is a huge difference between standing up for yourself and bullying.

My personal advice is that students who are being bullied keep a journal of the bully’s actions. It is a lot easier to get something done about a bully, if there is a record of what has been happening and how long it has been occurring.

They should also report each incident to a person in authority. If that doesn’t work, then ask to meet with your students principal, and if that doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to go higher up the ladder or even ask to observe your child in the classroom setting. — there is nothing more important than a child’s safety.

— Ron Booth is the managing editor for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 166, or via e-mail at

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