Letters to the Editor

Schools, parents should do more

Re the Socastee High school student arrested in the firearm incident:

It seems to me that the schools are not doing enough to protect students from this bullying plague.

It must be quite obvious that this student, if the bullying allegation is true, is not the only child suffering from this daily stress, be it mental or physical. There must be witnesses to this behavior. There should be an anonymous resource in the school that other students can use to report the bullying. The children will not go to the school office and report it, because of fear from the bully. They may not tell their parents for fear that they will make a fuss at the school, which would be a very natural thing for a parent to do.

So I hope someone uses some common sense to help these students who are being bullied. A good start would be to ban cell phones in school. Several generations of us got through a school day without a cell phone.

Also, if a student is found and proven to be a bully, he or she should be expelled with the notation of bullying put on their school record.

And parents need to take back control of young children. As a volunteer in a public environment, I see 3- and 4-year-olds telling their parents "no." This is ridiculous. You have to start young with discipline, or in time the 3- and 4-year-old who said "no" is going to be 15 years old and the problem will be out of the parents' hands.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.