An unfortunate 13-year old boy in Washington State was allegedly bullied by his teacher along with classmates in an 8th-grade classroom. It’s the kind of situation to make any parents’ blood boil and highlights the value of martial arts training.
Shocking videotaped evidence from student cell phones shows him swung by the arms and legs, gagged with a sock and taunted, among other things. The boy’s parents first became aware of the situation when their son refused to attend school and became suicidal. That’s when they complained to school officials and demanded to see the student videos.
The parents pointed out that the teacher in question did nothing while the so-called ‘hazing’ was clearly going on. It’s heartbreaking for any parent or friend of children to contemplate that the person he should’ve looked to for help was so indifferent. The teacher has since been suspended for ten days without pay and moved to a different school. It hardly seems like enough for the emotional scars that this young man will carry for the rest of his life.
It’s a sad story, but unfortunately not at all uncommon. Schoolyard bullying flourishes even when there are responsible adults present. Perhaps they’re too over-burdened to notice what’s going on, or perhaps the adult in charge is assuming that leaving it to the kids to sort out is the best way to deal with it.
The truth is, most children need help and guidance in how to deal with aggression and bullying can take many forms. That’s why judo and martial arts lessons are such a great idea at any age.
Judo lessons will:
• Increase balance and fitness level
• Teach ways of avoiding conflict
• Teach ways of dealing with conflict and threatening situations without fear or anger
• Increase self confidence
Help give your child the tools to succeed and gain self-confidence with judo lessons today. Contact us to find out more.
• Take advantage of our free two-weeks of trial judo lessons!
About Budokai Judo & Martial Arts Club
Founded by Sensei’s Rick Koglin and Ray Litvak, (Certified Judo black belts and instructors), the goal of the club is to imbue its students (men, women, children) with the character, confidence and courage that practicing judo over time instills in its students.
The club can be found in the heart of North York at 1110-5 Finch Ave. West, North York, Ontario M3J 2T2 and is located in the North York Aikido Club/Aikido Hokuryukai. For more information, please contact Rick Koglin at (416) 712-6751.
Based in North York, Ontario, Budokai Judo Club is the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) answer to professional judo instruction (recreational, fitness and competitive) for people of all ages.
Budokai Judo Club: Providing judo lessons for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) including Toronto, North York, Downsview, Vaughan, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge and York Region, Ontario.