TELL US: Do you think the Peninsula School District responded the right way?
If not, how should the district have dealt with the teacher and the involved students?
The parents of a Gig Harbor student who was bullied at earlier this year said the treated the situation poorly, according to The News Tribune.
The article has a short video clip taken from a cell phone that depicts the eighth-grade boy screaming while a dozen of his classmates hold him down and bury him with chairs. The teacher, John Rosi, also joins in on the hazing and fails to help the student. That student now attends a private school.
The incident, which happened back in February, prompted the Peninsula School District to suspend Rosi for 10 days and remove him from the classrooms. Rosi, who taught at the school district for 14 years, no longer works at Kopachuck Middle School, the TNT reports.
A week after the matter, Rosi stated in a letter to the district investigators that at the time of the incident, none of the children were “at risk of harm," and it was nothing more than “harmless childhood horse play."
While the school district said it took disciplinary actions, the parents said not enough was done to address the seriousness of bullying to the students.
Since then, the parents have demanded a criminal investigation, and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office is handling the case.
So we ask you, Patch users, what do you think? Tell us in the comments below.