One school’s approach to teaching youngsters about bullying is not sitting well with some parents, but the principal continues to defend the program.
KKTV noted that as part of the anti-bullying program at James Madison Charter Academy, students in 4th grade through 6th grade were taking turns being ignored.
The experiment requires the students to alternate in wearing special stickers on their collars to indicate that they are to be ignored by fellow classmates, reported The Blaze. Students are not allowed to tease or otherwise be ugly to those wearing stickers.
"I wasn't allowed to talk with anyone. I wasn't allowed to play with anyone," Mark, a 4th grader at the school, told KKTV. "They said we had to do it because to show other kids what it's like to be bullied."
Mark’s mother, Johanna Myers, was not pleased when she found it about it.
"He got shunned, not bullied, all day because the school refuses to say it's bullying," Myers said, who added that her son gets bullied and wants to see the school do something about it, but isn’t too sure about this being the right approach.
"They've got a good heart behind it, it's just being approached in a very misguided way," Myers added.
The school’s principal defended the exercise.
"We are putting the students in a situation where they can experience what it's like to be left out," said Dr. Anne Shearer-Shineman, who said she sent all the parents a letter home last week explaining the activity, and asking parents with concerns to call the school.
Myers, though, told KKTV that she never received a letter.