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September 2010

Is Your Teacher a Bully?

by Staff, on at risk blog, at risk youth, bullied by a teacher, Is Your Teacher a Bully, teacher bully, teacher bullying

Unfortunately not all teachers are the same, in fact, not all teachers are what we are hoping them to be. Not all of them are cheerful, eager to teach and help their students, some teachers are in fact looking forward to shortened hours, holidays and the power that comes with being a teacher, and in other words, some teachers are bullies.

If you think that your teacher is a bully and that he is crossing the line, there are a few things that you can do to change that. Some of the options include talking to your teacher about it, or talking to his superior or even filling a complaint, in the worse case scenario you can transfer to another class or even school, but that wouldn’t stop that teacher from bullying others. Most students think that their words will not be believed, especially if they are targeting a teacher, but you have to realize that this is absolutely unacceptable type of behavior for a teacher and when a complaint has been made that teacher will be investigated.

It’s not hard to get on the teacher’s bad side, or for him to get on yours, but none of that means that your teacher is in fact a bully, so here is the typical behavior of a bully teacher to watch out for:

-    Humiliating a student
-    Hostile physical contact or unwanted physical contact with the student
-    Inappropriate remarks made to the student
-    Suggesting to the student that his grades depend on other things besides his studies and performance in class

If you are planning to confront your teacher, the best way to do it is with a third person involved, a head of the department preferably. State your concerns and give examples of what your teacher did that you found inappropriate, having evidence of that or witnesses will help your case. The best option for you would be to ask your parents to attend this meeting for support.

If that doesn’t work you can file a formal complaint. If that doesn’t work then you haven’t accomplished your goal, and the only choice is to transfer, there is no purpose in staying in the class to suffer more. You must never tolerate teacher bullying. Make sure that before you file a complaint you have some evidence of the teacher acting inappropriate, as in most cases it comes down to “he said – she said”. Staff