Thursday, May 31, 2012

More Sad News: Bullied 12 Year Old Commits Suicide

This on the heals of a 7 year old who did the same earlier this week.  The 12 year old in this incident had already transferred schools to get away from bullying before he finally couldn't take it anymore and took the only way out he could think of.

What this sad case and those like it reveal is that America doesn't have a bullying problem, we have a victimization problem.  Bullying is wrong, it's also something that has been part of human existence since the beginning of time.  No matter how much the media wants to focus on bullying and making anti-bullying efforts the cause celebre of today's Hollywood elite it's not something that is going to go away.

Instead of trying to "educate" away bullying, we should be teaching our kids how to stand up to bullies.  We shouldn't be sending mixed messages by punishing the kid on the bus that stands up to those bullying special needs children because, "two wrongs don't make a right."  Sometimes, in fact a great many times, two wrongs do make a right.

Ask any adult if they were bullied.  Chances are every single one you ask will confirm they were.  Some will even tell you they ended up being close friends with their bullies after they stood up to them.  Bullies go after the weak.  When the weak are taught to be strong, in character, if not in strength, the bully's power over them is erased.

It's not enough to condemn bullying.

"I'm rubber, your glue," "sticks and stones," phrases that need to find their way back into our everyday lexicon.  Words only hurt if you let them and the more we embrace a society of victimization the quicker we usher in a future of despair.

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