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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:13 am, Fri Oct 14, 2011.

Nothing can bring back Wendy Walsh’s son Seth, but the Tehachapi mom had high praise Monday for a newly enacted law designed to protect other gay students from repeated bullying in school.

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed Seth’s Law, a bill named in memory of Seth Walsh, who was just 13 last year when he committed suicide, reportedly after enduring bullying in school for being gay.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:56 am on Sat, Oct 15, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I agree with K Lee, Ms Bobin always articulates her position well... unfortunately, it was not as accurate as it should have been.

  • Kim Lee posted at 2:20 pm on Fri, Oct 14, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Well said, Joanne Bobin.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:02 am on Fri, Oct 14, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated…Yes, Mr. Baumbach, it is sad that things such as common sense and decency toward other human beings have to be legislated…

    In my view, like you said, common sense and decency toward other human beings should be a concern and effort should be taken to do the best we can. However, I think it should not be legislated. I think mandates and regulations have resulted in harm in relationships between adults and children… people fear the legal consequence of involvement and simply choose to avoid doing what they think is right rather than risk potential consequences.
    For example, I have talked to teachers who refuse to touch a child out of fear
    (Maybe a young child needs a hug after being bullied). They do not discipline children out of fear and mandates. They do not send children who misbehave to the office from fear… all because or rules, regulations and mandates.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:59 am on Fri, Oct 14, 2011.

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    Yes, Mr. Baumbach, it is sad that things such as common sense and decency toward other human beings have to be legislated. Teachers and administrators often treat things like bullying and harassment of fellow students as a joke or a phase.

    If teachers and administrators are mandated by the education code to report suspected parental (or other) abuse, why should they not be mandated to report abuse between students.

    When, in 5th grade, my son complained every day that a girl in his class was tripping him as he walked past her either in the classroom or on the schoolyard, or was constantly pushing him, I spoke with his teacher. She laughed and said, "Oh, I think she has a crush on him!" When the behavior continued and the girl pushed him in the parking lot and he hit his head on a parking "bumper," I again went to the teacher. She said, "Oh, I'll talk to her." My reply was that if she didn't stop the behavior I would go to the district and file a sexual harassment complaint. The teacher had a horrified look on her face and told me that she would schedule a meeting with the student and her parents. Needless to say, the behavior stopped.

    When my husband was an administrator, the district he worked in had very strict guidelines about bullying and sexual harassment. There was no "mandatory expulsion," but students were given stern warnings about the consequences of continuing their anti-social behavior and most straightened up their acts.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:44 am on Fri, Oct 14, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Keep it rolling... more mandates... more compliance regulations... cannot get enough.

    I think if one student winks at another... mandatory expulsion should be mandated.... all morality and behaviors should be legislated and subject to punishment.

    Maybe Sharia Law is not so bad after all. Could work here very well.



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