posted by Rayna on .
Here is the scenario plus the questions.
Jenny Reid is a middle-school teacher in a suburb of Atlanta. Her sixth-grade students are primarily majority group students from middle-class backgrounds. The children in her class are good students, well motivated, and reasonably well behaved. Her only discipline problem is the excessive teasing that some of the boys in the class impose on the girls. Near the end of recess, Amy Hotchkiss approaches Ms. Reid, obviously very upset. Amy is one of the more physically mature girls in the class. She is one of a half dozen in the class who has started wearing a bra. Angry and trying to control her temper, she whispers rather laudly that Eric, Darren, Kevin, and Myles have been teasing some of the girls, calling them names and making reference to their physical development. In addition, they have been running up to the girls wearing bras and pulling at the elastic in the back. "What are you going to do to them?" she asks.
1. Is this incident simply a schoolboy prank, or is this sexual harassment?
2. Should the boys involved be punished? If so, what should the punishment be?
3. Should this incident be limited to the class, or should the principal and parents be notified?
4. Should Ms. Reid turn the incident into a learning situation for the entire class? If she does so, how should she do it? What can the class learn from the incident?
Help me out please
The question to #1. I think it is just simply a schoolboy prank. Boys will be boys.
Typo = laudly = loudly
In middle school is when hormones are running rampant. Is there a textbook for the AED class? That should give you information as to when teasing can go a step too far.
You might consider some of the links in the following search:
It is definitely NOT a prank, and "boys will be boys" is not an acceptable rationalization.
You need to read up on sexual harassment, which applies to people of almost any age (not to tiny children, of course).
Sorry, but sometimes when I hit paste, my computer does not do that. Since I've now lost the links I had for you last night, please try some of these: