The coroner’s inquest into the death of a 12 year old boy last year after he was punched in the chest by a school mate is scheduled to conclude today.
It seems that the unfortunate child had a heart condition, and that he and the parents were aware of it and took precautions to keep this boy safe.
But he died. And he died after being struck while at school.
Every day, children have conflicts at school. Every day, there are fights. Every day, children are bullied at school. Every day, bad things happen.
Can we do anything to stop it?
The sad answer is probably “no”. But – are we doing everything, and I mean *everything* that we can do to reduce the number of incidents that occur? The sadder answer, I believe, is still “no”.
We have behavior codes. If you have a child in school, have a look at their agenda – the behavior code is probably in there. Read it – what it describes is probably a pretty fantastic environment. But is it the reality? Is it enforced?
I guess the bottom line is that if we accept abhorrent behavior, then implicitly, we condone it. And I would say that we even encourage it.
It’s time to step back and look at what we have. It’s time to ask: “Is this the best that we can do?”
It’s time to up the requirement from all of us.