Elementary School Gives Rules To Bullied Students: 'Don't Tell On Bullies.'
We'd love to think students and parents at Zeman Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska were being punk'd by these alleged words of wisdom, but sadly we're not sure how a flyer like this gets sent home with elementary school kids as a joke.
Check out these "rules" students were given on how to deal with bullies:
Treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you. No matter how insulting or mean they may sound, be grateful and think they really care about you.
Do not verbally defend yourself. When one person attacks and the other person is the defender, the attacker is in the stronger position, so the defender is automatically the loser.
If someone physically hurts you, just show you are hurt; do not get angry. If someone hurts you, you want them to feel sorry and apologize. If you get angry, they won't apologize.
Do not tell on bullies. The number one reason bullies hate their victims is because the victims tell on them. Telling makes the bully want to retaliate. Tell an adult only when real injury or crime (theft of something valuable) has occurred.
Basically, kids (and adults, individuals, animals, television characters, etc.): DO THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF EVERYTHING ON THIS LIST.
The school's principal, Donna Williams sent a follow-up letter to parents "clarifying" the rules and distancing the school from the handout. You can check it out here.
Thoughts on these gems, Instincters?