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Reporter Wins Emmy For Bullying Exposé, Slams “Horrible” Public Schools

'They need to be held accountable'

Last week, a Milwaukee-based investigative reporter named Meghan Dwyer was awarded with a Regional Emmy for a public school bullying piece she had produced.

But it was Dwyer’s impassioned acceptance speech that had some in the crowd clutching their pearls.

“This is for all the kids that are bullied,” Dwyer said while pumping her fist in the air. “Seriously, public schools suck. They’re horrible. They need to be held accountable.”

And that’s when the boos started. Realizing that she might have ruffled a few feathers, Dwyer continued her gutsy screed.

“I love public schools. My kids will go there, but they need work,” she added.

John LaPorte, the vice president of news for WITI, quickly released a statement calling Dwyer’s comments “unfortunate and misplaced.”

“We have spoken with Meghan at length and she has made it very clear that she misspoke as she was caught up in the excitement of the evening,” ​LaPorte press real ease read.

But what was really wrong with what Dwyer said.? A simple Google search will show you just how horrible bullying is in public schools across the country.

Here are a few public school bullying headlines from the past week or so:

Mother: School officials ‘don’t care’ about my bullied son

Parents complain after Shawnee school bullying caught on video

Video captures violent bullying incident at Poplar school

Boy’s parents: School ignored bullying claims

In some cases school employees are fired for bullying: “Canton Public School District Employee Fired”

There are now anti-bullying apps being used to prevent bullying. Anti-bullying speakers travel the country preaching peace to public school students.

Yale University concluded that victims of bullying are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-bully victims.

The public school bullying epidemic is one reason why parents have started to enroll their children in private and privately run charter school systems. The chances of a kid getting their teeth kicked in at a non-public school are slim to none.

Bullying is so bad that teachers are being beaten, some are knocked out cold, by unruly youths.

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None of this is to say that all public schools are rotted out hell holes that are being overrun by cohorts of violent youngsters. But there is a disproportionately large issue of bullying in public schools that is not being solved easily.

Dwyer’s report, “Scared at School,” shined a light on how the Milwaukee public school system was ignoring bullying reports being made by parents and students.

And as the handful of headlines above show, public school systems from florida to California are letting parents and students down when it comes to stamping out bullying.

So people like Dwyer deserve applause and praise, not a public panning.


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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