Is this a good idea? A school for the bullied and harassed.

Rather than dealing with peer and faculty harassment in Milwaukee high schools, school officials in Milwaukee will move victims to a school for the harassed.

The Alliance School, a charter high school that will focus on students who feel discriminated against or bullied, will open in August.

Report from the Milwaukee Sentinel:

“That might be a Goth student, a painfully shy student or a gay one. All three have enrolled in the school, which plans to open in August. The school will be the first of its kind in the state, and possibly the nation, its founders say.

Last spring, the Milwaukee School Board approved the concept, and school officials are looking for a building. A charter school is publicly funded, but has more autonomy and flexibility than most traditional schools.

‘I saw a lot of students who were being bullied and no one was doing anything about it,’ said Tina Owen, a teacher at Milwaukee’s Washington High School who will leave her job to become the lead teacher at Alliance. Some students who look and act different from the mainstream are ‘really tormented,’ she said. ‘I’ve even seen teachers be really hard on them.'”

No mention of the harassed Christian students. In that case, I predict your parents will have to pay for isolation in a Christian school, or home school.

This all seems so wrong. Remember when the bullies got sent to detention hall. Now the bullied are shipped off to mass ostracism.

–James Jewell
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About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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