Did Peninsula School Officials Respond Correctly to the Bullied Student?

The video footage shows a Kopachuck Middle School student being bullied by his classmates and teacher. The Peninsula School District suspended the teacher for 10 days.


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.

For the full report, read the TNT article here.

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So we ask you, Patch users, what do you think? Tell us in the comments below.

Annie Flanders September 09, 2012 at 01:01 PM
for GH transplant - how many people who have had their children bullied at that school have to post here before you understand that this is NOT an isolated incident for that school -- in fact it happens quite frequently. i do hope that the parents sue the school and the evil teacher -- he deserves to not only have his teaching credentials pulled but he should not be allowed to EVER get near any students.
James Freeman September 09, 2012 at 08:50 PM
My kids are all grown now, but after reading through all the comments I can only say one thing: Thank God my girls went to school in Seattle and not in some small town.
Harborite September 10, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I also appreciate Janine's comments. We have wonderful schools, teachers and families living here in Gig Harbor and it sounds like the matter was heard and taken care of correctly until a lawyer got involved.
crystal cannon October 25, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I say sue the crap out of the school district, the teacher, and the PUNK kids (and their parents) who bullied this poor boy!!! What's more, I feel the teacher should be jailed for child abuse and the abusive kids put in DJJ, where they would surely get a little dose of what they gave that poor boy. I especially detest that pinchy assed girl with the long hair who was giggling and saying "oh my God, that's ssoooo funny". Honey, if I could get my hands on you, you would be praying to that same God that I not mess up your UGLY face more than it already is!!!!!
crystal cannon October 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM
GHS Mother of Three!!! I'll bet you would be singing a different tune if it was one of your precious kids who this happened to. Have you ever been very embarrassed about something that was happening to you but you laughed with everyone else and tried to play it off? That is what this child was doing but anyone with any sense can see that he was being tramatized!!!! Shame on you people who think it was just as much his fault!!! I also noticed that most of the kids are alot bigger than him, as in, GO PICK ON SOMEONE YOUR OWN SIZE!!!!!!


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