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Tonight at 9pm Central is a documentary on CNN about the effects of bullying children. Included as one of the featured stories is of a 12 year old from Sioux City, Iowa.
If you don't think it's worth your time, click on the link and just take 1 minute and 43 seconds out of your time to watch the first video, that might sway your mind a bit.
This kid is kind of amazing.
Sine Missione -- Never be a spectator for unfairness or stupidity, argue for arguments sake; the grave will give plenty of time for silence.
Watching that choked me up. I have hated bullies since I was a kid. I only got bullied a few times as a kid, but I fought back and it stopped. I have also fought bullies on others behalf, throughout my life. Hate is a strong word, but I literally hate anyone who picks on and/or tortures someone who is weaker and unable to defend themselves against the onslaught.
News flash; Bullying has been around forever;
Guess we know that even in Biblical times, Roman Soldiers were bullies in an unreal,
violent kind of way.
And coming from my Christian upbringing, bullying just never made any sense to me.
'even the least of these'.........while, I wasn't bullied myself, when I did see it, I tried to stop it, as a kid.
It is interesting how gangs, today, with apparently no moral upbringing in their family life,
are incredibly apt to resort to bullying. And it's always fun to see bullies get what is coming to them.
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
I wanted to separate the beginning of your post to respond directly to it. It doesn't matter if bullying has been around for forever, in my personal opinion (which I will not go very deeply into since talking about religion is not welcomed here) religion is a form of intellectual bullying and doesn't help stop it one bit, in fact it actually supports bullying through discriminating against groups of people for one thing or another. For this reason, among others, I am atheist and proud.
Change, in this particular case dealing with stopping bullying, does not ever and *cannot* ever come from sitting by and accepting it as a reality. Change can however come from awareness and actually getting up and doing something about it. I myself have to an extent been bullied and regretfully, I have bullied some others in some circumstances involving group or "mob" mentality. It shouldn't matter what religion somebody is, what they look like, how they talk, etc. and as we grow up, some people learn this and some people don't. But just because people haven't stopped it in the past, again does not mean it can't be stopped or at the very least minimized, but that can and will only come through action and awareness of the consequences of bullying.
For this reason, I speak out against discrimination, bullying, etc. and do so because I know that's the only thing that can ever cause change and because I know it's the right thing to do. If you want to keep sitting idly by and not trying to implement change, that's fine, that's your right. But don't say and act like that because it has been around forever means it is ok, because people like me will rightfully criticize you for this. You may have the freedom of choice and freedom of speech, but no one is free from criticism.
Also lastly, please give up the delusion that the lack of a "moral upbringing" has anything to do with gang violence and that somehow it is related to bullying in schools where at least in theory, many or most of the kids are given at least a somewhat "moral" (depending on your definition) upbringing.
Now let us please move away to the real problem here and leave religion out of this discussion.
I watched this last night. While it was very heartening to see the kids that made it through ok, my heart broke for the parents of the 11 year old kid that killed himself. Nobody should ever have to go through that kind of pain. I honestly got very choked up over this.
I didn't watch it I actually avoid these shows. I'm interested and all, I just can't handle it.
I don't blame you. I always pull for the underdog, so I was hoping to see how these kids have done since their ordeal. And for the most part they are doing well and are happy now, which is encouraging. But the part about the 11 year old who took his own life really was emotional. Even under the best of circumstances it is sad, but in your condition I wouldn't recommend watching anything that is that upsetting.
as someone who was bullied off and on for much of my schooling, well into my high school years...i cannot stand a**holes whowill make someone's life a living hell for their own amusement.
I want to say that once you get out of the clique-ish high school scene and move on to college, it gets better....it did for me. there isn't too many people that i stay in contact with from high school, but i just wonder how much more focus i could have had in school if i wasn't worried about when one or two particular douches would try to make my life miserable. i can rattle off a number of things that were done...but i know at one point i told my parents i wanted to move to a different town.
and seeing how ruthless kids can be, i am not thoroughly excited about the thought of my boy going into kindergarten next year. i do eventually want to get him into some martial arts or self defense classes.
I would probably recommend Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu if you're doing that.
My oldest son has boxed and done some limitd MMA. My youngest hasn't, but the only one who has ever bullied him is his older brother, and I have stepped in on that a time or two, but my oldest would never allow anyone else to pick on his little brother. As for what I have told my kids...if they ever start a fight or I find out they are picking on someone, I will personally make it the worst day of their lives. By the same token, I have told them, that outside of some good natured BS that friends give each other back and forth, if someone is picking on you, and they lay a hand on you, do not hesitate, do not worry about consequences. Hit them hard, fast, contiuously, and without mercy. They have lived by those rules and it has worked well for them.
That is probably word for word what I would tell my kids. I meant to DVR this show, but forgot. Hopefully they'll replay it or I can find it online.
My oldest son was only picked on once back in middle school. A known bully had been picking on some of his friends and then turned his attention to my son in the gym locker room. He hit my son and my son beat him to a pulp. He got suspended from school for that, but as I argued with the principal over it, I told him that I would not punish my son one bit and that he could consider it a vacation day. After that nobody ever picked on my son again.
Showing again on CNN on March 3rd and 9th at 7pm Central.
Also the documentary "Bully" is I think available through Redbox.
Bullying is moronic and shouldn't tolerated.
Yeah, uh Der..........sorry, I cannot let that little diatribe stand without comment.
So, I guess I'll go with some Billy Madison for you.
'At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought'
Have a good weekend.
3 months late and more than a dollar short, but actually it was rational.
Have a good weekend
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