A good friend just made this post and thought I’d share it to all my followers: Bullying of an elder.
And here is a bit more to add to her blog:
What is even more sad… is that parents have no clue because they are not being parents. And I agree… I knew what would happen to me if I talked like that. I keep saying that they need to bring punishments back to schools. I remember my teachers in first grade smacking knuckles of kids hands when they would talk back. Our principle was allowed to spank children with bad behavior. Another issue is… child protection advocates. I’m not saying it’s right to beat a child… but damn… there is nothing wrong with a good spanking to teach them a lesson. Children are not “scared” of their parents anymore for their bad behavior, because they know their parents can’t touch them. And once the parent does… the child will make a big deal out of it and then you have the school board and police doing investigations.
Another issue is the school itself. Schools are being told left and right about bullying that is going on, and the schools just ignore it. They say they’ll look into it just to put peace in your mind, but they aren’t doing anything about it. Schools and Parents are the worse corporates of these events. Lack of good parenting (teaching of right and wrong and actually going through with bad behavior punishments) and the schools lack of following through with bullying complaints. It is sickening that schools just seem to not care.
Bullying has been going on for decades… but it seems like in this last decade… they have gone from light hazing events to all out jumping and killing someone. And the kid being picked on are afraid to stand up and fight… because bullies do not fight far anymore either. It’s not one and one anymore… you fight once with your bully… they come back with all their friends. Now its one on six+. OR the bully comes to school the next day with a gun or knife. So what do you do… one kid brought a taser gun to school in Indianapolis, Indiana to protect himself against bullies. Probably not the right answer, but it sure as hell got the school board in the spotlight to do something about it. The press has been all over that event.
Something does need to change… and quickly… because right now, the kids getting picked on aren’t all resorting to weapons yet… but I have a feeling that will change if they feel that is the only way to protect them… which is sad. Remember Columbine? That was a result of a kid being picked on wasn’t it??? And that was his retaliation??? That was over a decade ago… and nothing has changed. If anything… it has become worse.
I just hope we find a solution before more schools have died students and everyone wondering what happened…
-The Other Point of View