Bullying is a major problem in our school system. Today, 1 in every 7 students k-12 has either been a victim of bullying or a bully. It seems as though schools are always trying different approaches to stop bullying. This issue is very important because so many young lives are effected by bullying and we need to do everything we can to stop it.
In Austin Minnesota one school paid 20,000 dollars for the Scary Guy (his legal name) to help stop bullying. His methods of presentation are quite unconventional and he seems to get the attention of every student. The scary guy is a former tattoo artist, covered from head to toe in tattoos. The artists admits that he lack a formal education and credentials but and his look and teaching style is unconventional. His ways consist of trying to teach children classical bullying behavior by demonstrating it. His shock and awe method includes barfing up apples, groaning and rubbing his belly. His ends his performances with fist pumping and a short phrase, "You travel around on this world, and you put out hate and anger, and you cop an attitude, you'll draw all this into your life wherever you go.” He claims that playing the bully is a way to express his younger years where he would find fault in everyone. He wants to teach kids with humor and putting a positive spin on bullying. Some administers feel the scary's performances are just a bunch of bells and whistles and aren’t truly the cultural change we need in schools so desperately. When scary visited Juntunen's middle school his ways were viewed as somewhat positive but so inappropriate the school says they will never invite him back. In his attempt to show that handshaking is harmless he said to a student, “that’s the best sex I’ve had all day.”
The principle of this Austin school claims that he thinks scary ways work. "I think his credentials are stellar. And we looked into them because this is risky," Schara says, when "you bring someone in that looks like Scary Guy, that talks like Scary Guy." Scary admits his lacks academic credentials and says his teaching are researched based from his personal experience and that there is no one taking an approach like his.
So what do you think, are unconventional ways a good approach to bullying?