Parents Outraged by Bully Flier Sent Home with Some Lincoln Fifth Graders
A Lincoln principal has apologized for a flier sent home with students that advises those who are bullied not to tattle on their tormentors and to "treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you."
Some parents of the fifth grade students at Zeman Elementary complained about the flier, while pictures of the flier posted on Facebook received a lot of attention.
On Wednesday Zeman principal Donna Williams sent an electronic message of apology to the families, and the district posted the message on the district Facebook page:
"Our educators at Zeman Elementary School work hard to provide accurate and appropriate lessons and education for our students in how to handle bullying situations. The flyer was sent home with good intentions, unfortunately, it contained advice that did not accurately reflect LPS best practices regarding response to bullying incidents.
"We encourage all students and parents to continue to communicate with our staff if you have any questions or concerns about bullying situations.
"We apologize for any problems or confusion this has caused for students and families. We have added a link to our webpage where you will find "The Facts About Bullying," which contains our best advice for parents: http://isite.lps.org/bfitz/site_assets/TheFactsAboutBullying.pdf".
District student services director Russ Uhing says the LPS philosophy is: Ask the bully to stop. Walk away. If the bullying continues, tell a parent or teacher.