I didn’t have anything to do this morning so I figured I’d sit down for some news. Well, I knew that was a mistake when I came across this :
NEW YORK CITY — A 12-year-old boy harassed by school bullies about his intelligence, his height and his deceased father killed himself in the New York City apartment he shared with his mother, according to relatives and those who knew him, NBCNewYork.com reported.
I browsed through the comments on that piece, and came across the usual flack by a bunch of Neanderthals saying “kids will be kids”, “fight back”, “grow some balls” etc…
There’s some idiot named Lori Christensen in Minnesota (Google her) who got herself in jail for being a bullying jackass. Constantly harrassing her neighbors, violating restraining orders or otherwise manacing everyone on the street. But guess what, she’s now in jail because her neighbors didn’t go “neighbors from hell will be neighbors from hell”. They didn’t “punch back”, throw insults back or otherwise return in kind. They got the cops involved.
Now tell me again why is it that adults have these legal defenses against the violations of their constitutionally protected rights (Life Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness) and children still don’t when the violator is another child?
Why is it that “kids will be kids” keep coming out? Where are the administrators? When are we going to see some parents behind bars for raising threats to society at large? Why are these little monsters still allowed to come to school? Why is it that they get to grow up and innocent children like these are lost forever?
As for the people saying “fight back”… just because some of us don’t have qualms about returning the favor, it doesn’t mean others will do the same. A lot of kids aren’t wired for that mentality. They’re vulnerable and, for crying out loud, they’re children! Now that word, “child”, may mean nothing to some of you, but it means a whole lot for those of us that still value childhood as a formative time that should be happy and safe. Not terrorized by a bunch of sociopaths and their enabler parents and possibly enabler teachers.
The psychological trauma of bullying carries scars that are no less severe and hurtful years later, just because the aggressor is another child.
By child or by adult, abuse is still abuse.