Bullying flier upsets 5th grade parents at Nebraska school - WKRN News 2

Bullying flier upsets 5th grade parents at Nebraska school

Posted: Updated: April 18, 2014 04:52 AM
The bullying flier from an elementary school in Nebraska has some questionable rules. (Courtesy: ABC News) The bullying flier from an elementary school in Nebraska has some questionable rules. (Courtesy: ABC News)
Zeman Elementary School in Lincoln has since created a new flier that advises students asking for help is not ratting. (Courtesy: Google Maps) Zeman Elementary School in Lincoln has since created a new flier that advises students asking for help is not ratting. (Courtesy: Google Maps)
LINCOLN, Neb. -

A Nebraska elementary school is now apologizing after a flier containing nine questionable rules for dealing with bullies was passed out to some students.

Father Josh Mehlin who has children in the Lincoln County Public School District told ABC News the letter did not go home to all students at Zeman Elementary School, but quickly spread as shocked parents sent it to each other.

"I was horrified," Mehlin said. "I called the school and said, ‘Is this for real or is this some kind of Internet thing?'"

According to Mehlin, the school's response was that it was for real, and they sent it out.

The nine rules, with short examples and explanations under each, on the flier are:

  1. Refuse to get mad.
  2. Treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you.
  3. Do not be afraid.
  4. Do not verbally defend yourself.
  5. Do not attack.
  6. If someone physically hurts you, just show you are hurt; do not get angry.
  7. Do not tell on bullies.
  8. Don't be a sore loser.
  9. Learn to laugh at yourself and not get "hooked" by put-downs.


When the father called the district office, however, administrators said they had never heard of the bully flier.

Mehlin said he believes it may have originated with one educator.

The district has since issued an apology, explaining that the flier contained "inaccurate information," ABC News reports.

The statement said, in part, "The flier was sent home with good intentions, unfortunately, it contained advice that did not accurately reflect LPS best practices regarding response to bullying incidents."

The elementary school also posted a letter to families regarding the flier and bulling to their Web site, apologizing for the miscommunication and anxiety the issue caused fifth grade families.

Zeman Elementary has since created a new flier that is posted to their Web site and concludes by saying, "Asking for help is not ratting!"

*ABC News contributed to this report.

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