An Elementary School Sent Home Flyer Saying Not To Tell On Bullies And To Learn To Laugh At Insults

Parents were not exactly thrilled about the advice.

1. This was a real flyer sent home by the Lincoln, Neb., public school system:

Lincoln Public Schools
ID: 2800009

2. The flyer has nine rules for children who experience bullying, advising kids not to tell on bullies and to not make bullies mad by defending themselves.

Rule #1: Refuse to get mad.

Rule #2: Treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you.

Rule #3: Do not be afraid.

Rule #4: Do not verbally defend yourself.

Rule #5: Do not attack.

Rule #6: If someone physically hurts you, just show you are hurt; do not get angry.

Rule #7: Do not tell on bullies.

Rule #8: Don’t be a sore loser.

Rule #9: Learn to laugh at yourself and not get “hooked” by put-downs.

ID: 2800090

3. The parents of the fifth-graders at Zeman Elementary School who saw the flyer weren’t happy, and began flooding the school’s administration with complaints.

ID: 2800067

4. On Wednesday, the Lincoln Public Schools Facebook page responded to the controversy, apologizing for the “inaccurate information” that was “sent home with good intentions.”

ID: 2800054

5. They’ve also sent home a new flyer with some much better advice for students.

Lincoln Public Schools
ID: 2800053

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