A Nebraska school district is apologizing for a flyer that went home with students instructing them on how to handle bullying.
The flyer, sent home by Zeman Elementary with the school’s fifth-graders, lists rules on how to “turn bullies into buddies.” Some of these rules include not telling on the bullies, not being a sore loser, and learning to “laugh at yourself” along with the bullies.
Zeman Elementary received word that the document had been sent home with the fifth grade students and immediately released a statement to parents apologizing.
“A flyer that contained inaccurate information regarding how to handle bullying situations was sent home with Zeman Elementary School fifth-graders,” wrote the school in the statement. “Our educators at Zeman Elementary School work hard to provide accurate and appropriate lessons and education for our students in how to handle bullying situations. The flyer was sent home with good intentions, unfortunately, it contained advice that did not accurately reflect LPS best practices regarding response to bullying incidents."
School officials say that they are trying to figure out where the oversight occured, but they acknowledge that officials never approved the document and allowed it to be sent home with the students. They say they plan to speak to students directly to explain what happened and provide them useful strategies on how to properly deal with bullying.
"We've taken the action that we think we need to take and really use it as a learning experience," said Russ Uhing, Director of Student Services at Lincoln Public School District.