However, occasionally there’s another bullying problem and it usually isn’t even discussed: when teachers are the bullies and students are the victims.
When I was a student, I had a strong feeling that there were fellow students that were being picked on by certain teachers.
But, I figured it couldn’t be the case. And, if I mentioned it to an adult, they likely wouldn’t even listen. Why? Teachers are admired and respected. They couldn’t be bullies? Right? Sadly, as a former teacher I can say without a doubt: wrong.
While it was rare, I witnessed incidents where some of my teaching colleagues simply disliked certain students. They used their authority and power to make the lives of those students more difficult or even downright miserable. They held grudges and singled out certain boys and girls for punishment. However, no one considered it a problem. After all, teachers held all the power.
If you think you or another student is being bullied by a teacher, don’t just let it happen. You don’t have to put up with teacher bullying just because you’re a teenager. Here is some advice (from a former teacher) about teachers bullying students and what to do if it’s happening to you or a friend.
Determine If It’s Bullying
Sometimes you may be engaging in bad and disruptive behavior consistently. If you are constantly acting up, then you have to expect to be constantly getting in trouble. It’s not bullying if you have a behavioral problem and a teacher corrects that behavior.
However, if you are a generally well-behaved student and yet you get in trouble for things that other students do without being disciplined, then it’s possible you’re being bullied. If the teacher screams a lot at you, singles you out, or humiliates you, then it’s also possible you’re a victim of teacher student bullying.
Don’t Suffer In Silence
If teachers are bullying students, then it’s important that you don’t just let it happen. I know that teachers have the power. Telling your parents that you’re being picked on by a teacher may be tough because they may not believe you. However, it’s important that you talk about it with an adult.
They can help you determine if you really are being bullied by a teacher and can then help you. This could involve talking to the principal, going to the school board, or possibly even legal action if the situation doesn’t improve.
If you think a teacher is bullying you, then write down what they do, when they do it, and list witnesses. This is very important because if you talk to an adult or a school administrator, then you will have a pattern of evidence. If you simply say “a teacher is bullying me” then you may not be believed. If you show up with a list of issues, as well as witnesses, then you’ll be taken more seriously.
Stand Up For Yourself
In many cases, bullies will back down if you stop being a victim. This is the case with teacher bullies too. However, remember that the teacher is still an adult. It may be helpful to approach the teacher and tell him or her that you feel that you are singled out and that you wish it would stop. Apologize for any past behavior problems and say you’d like to start over.
Remember not to be aggressive and try to be polite. Act like an adult. Perhaps the teacher has been hurt by you in the past and is reacting to that. Also, talk to an adult before you approach a teacher like this. Keep in mind, however, that this solution may not work. A lot of teachers bullying students are on power trips and aren’t likely to quit over a conversation.
So, if you or your student friends are being bullied by teachers, I hope these tips help. Don’t let your mental health suffer. Teachers bullying students is a real problem. Talk to an adult, get help, and end the emotional pain.