Teacher Instructs Students To Hit a Bully

   By drodriguez  Jun 19, 2012

Teachers in Texas are learning a lesson many of us already know; two wrongs don't make a right.  The teachers in question have been placed on paid administrative leave for instructing students to assault a boy accused of being a bully. Time magazine reports about the incident that involved more than 20 students in a Texas elementary school.

In an attempt to discipline six-year-old Aidan Neely and teach him that bullying is bad one teacher decided to line the class up and instruct each of them to hit Neely. Police reports show that some of the students told Neely they didn’t want to hit him but were afraid of getting in trouble if they didn’t follow the teacher’s instructions.

Amy Neely, Aidan’s mother, who says her son is not a bully and was never made aware of an bullying issues involving her son has spoken out in favor of having the teacher who orchestrated the attack on her son fired. Neely has said, “Twenty-four of those kids hit him and he said that most of them hit him twice.”

The mother only learned of what happened to her son 2 weeks after it occurred when a teacher reported witnessing the beating. The teacher who waited two weeks to file a report is also on paid leave right now as authorities decide whether formal charges will be filed against one or both teachers.

What do you think of the teacher who instructed students to hit a classmate in an attempt to teach a lesson about bullying?

Do you think one or both teachers should face criminal charges in this case?

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brsallee by brsallee | Vinton, OH
Jun 25, 2012

When my daughter was in Kindergarten in a private Christian school she was bullied by a boy that evidently bullied several of the kids in the class. The teachers response to this was for her to hit him when she was being bullied. This kid was much larger than her and she would never have done this. I told her to stay away from him. He went on and continued bullying the kids, I eventually started homeschooling my kids and my daughter just graduated from high school a very bright and confident young woman. I don't regret for a moment getting her out of this situation.

Synistrugane by Synistrugane | WATERBURY, CT
Jun 24, 2012

I don't agree with that at all it's the parents place to tell their child if they can fight or not. When the child hits the bully the child and their parents will get in trouble and probably taken to court not the teacher.

franedwards76 by franedwards76 | Holiday, FL
Jun 24, 2012

Where do parents turn to that have Jobs & are not at home all day? You can not send your child to school without worrying that there going to be ok throughout the day. Teachers having sex with students, teaching kids it is ok to fight & not teaching the kids anything now days, Schools are going to become a thing of the past I think. Sad that teachers just can not do there jobs now days.

KatieSumner by KatieSumner | Grapevine, TX
Jun 22, 2012

In the end both teachers are at fault. The original teacher for even considering this behavior appropriate to allow her WHOLE class to participate in. And the second teacher is just as responsible for not saying something the moment it happened. Every one says they would handle a certain situation this way or that way, but until you're faced with problem; you can't honestly say what you would or wouldn't do. When situations involve children and abuse in any way, it's our job as adults with souls, to at least make the actions/situation known.

cardreader by cardreader | Dudley, MA
Jun 22, 2012

I have had personal experience were the teacher did the bullying and the classmates got away with even more. The teacher initiated the entire situation. I have talked to teachers in an out of school situations. One stated, " children of out of wedloc mothers or children from divorced single moms are the worst kids. She won't give them the time of the day". Hard to prove because the comments where at a private party. AT the school she hides her hatred.

GrayWale by GrayWale | Puyallup, WA
Jun 22, 2012

What is this world coming to??? Violence is NEVER the answer!!!!

cwilsey by cwilsey | MARINETTE, WI
Jun 21, 2012

Here is another reason I homeschool my children, I have learned from experience with past issues that teachers and staff can't be trusted and this is just another case of it

mollyadams1990 by mollyadams1990 | FORT COLLINS, CO
Jun 21, 2012

The teacher who instructed her students to attack this one child should absolutely be fired and charged. What on earth was she thinking? It's true, two wrongs don't make a right, and nobody in their right mind would think that this method would be helpful...

sharman421 by sharman421 | TALLAHASSEE, FL
Jun 20, 2012

What on earth was this teacher thinking and where did she/he receive training? I have been a teacher for well over twenty years. I've seen cases of bullying at all age levels and THIS isNOT how it is handled. Ridiculous! This kind of behavior gives all teachers a bad name. It stands out so that some tend to believe that many teachers behave this way. It's the same as when a police officer steps into the wrong side of the law, or any other public servant. The vast majority of teachers have a passion to teach (It's certainly NOT for the money!). Unfortunately, a small minority need to find another profession.

JustAddCoffee by JustAddCoffee | CROWN POINT, IN
Jun 20, 2012

I can't believe all the things I hear about teachers anymore, it makes me not want my children to go to school and just homeschool them.

floflolinda by floflolinda | GOSHEN, IN
Jun 20, 2012

I think that even though the second teacher came forward, I still think she should face charges. I think it is crazy how peer pressure can still affect you as an adult. She basically was just a bystander and even though she might have felt wrong about it for those whole two weeks, she should have stopped it in the first place. I don't think her charges should be as bad as the teacher who instructed the kids but she should still face some kind of punishment.