Bull About Bullying

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There is a lot of talk from many people about bullying in school. The problem is that it is all talk. There is no sign that anybody is going to do anything that is likely to reduce bullying.

When politicians want to do nothing, and yet look like they are doing something, they appoint a blue ribbon committee or go to the U.N. or assign some Cabinet member to look into the problem and report back to the President — hoping that the issue will be forgotten by the time he reports back.

When educators are going to do nothing, they express great concern and make pious public pronouncements. They may even hold conferences, write op-ed pieces or declare a “no tolerance” policy. But they are still not going to do anything that is likely to stop bullying.

In some rough schools, they can’t even stop the bullying of teachers by the hooligans in their classes, much less stop the bullying of students.

Not all of this is the educators’ fault. The courts have created a legal climate where any swift and decisive action against bullies can lead to lawsuits. The net results are indecision, half-hearted gestures and pious public pronouncements by school officials, none of which is going to stop bullies.

When judges create new “rights” for bullies out of thin air, just as they do for criminals, and prescribe “due process” for school discipline, just as if schools were little courtrooms, then nothing is likely to happen promptly or decisively.

If there is anything worse than doing nothing, it is doing nothing spiced with empty rhetoric about what behavior is “unacceptable” — while in fact accepting it.

Might educators abuse their power, if the courts did not step in? Of course they could. Any power exercised by human beings can be abused. But, without the ability to exercise power, there is anarchy.

When responsible officials are prevented from exercising power, then bullies exercise power.

President Barack Obama has joined the chorus of those deploring bullying.

But his own administration is pushing the notion that a disproportionate number of suspensions or other punishments for members of particular racial or ethnic groups is discriminatory.

In other words, if a school suspends more black males than Asian females, that is taken as a sign of discrimination. No one in his right mind really believes that, but it is part of the grand make-believe that pervades our politics and even our courts.

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  • Gloria Stewart

    Should there be serious enforcement of anti bullying measures in schools, Muslims would hijack them by fabricating or exaggerating incidents between Muslim and non Muslim students. Muslims love to play the victim card, and this would be a golden opportunity.

    CAIR has gotten into the act by co sponsoring forums at which bullying was the topic.

    In England Muslim students in schools routinely harass non Muslim students, particularly girls. In the latter case they do so in a sexually explicit manner. The BBC recently had a section of a news show dedicated to this problem.

    This is not a reason to veto anti bullying measures. It is a word of caution that these measures can be misused.

    • kafir4life

      With the terrorist supporters at the terrorist supporting hamas-linked terror supporting islamci organization cair, they would consider it harrassment if an infidel rejected the word of the terror guide the koran that followers of the pedophile mohamat shat. It's islamophobia to not allow a believer to slit the throat of an infidel as commanded in the previously mentioned terror guide that is followed by the terrorist supporters at the terrorist supporting hamas linked islamic terror supporting organization, cair.

  • Fred Dawes

    in the 1950's we had bullying so the schools had hall guards the stopped the bullying so what wrong with that way?

  • Jim

    Declare the bullies gifted students and put them in a school for the gifted. Invent one.

    • Chuck

      Almost a century ago in the U.S., 3 tough students ran off teachers at a small country school. When the new sub came in, the 3 began banging their rulers on their desks to disrupt class. The new teacher invited those teens to the back room. An ex-military man, he took on all 3 and beat the mess out of them. Then, while they were lying on the floor in pain, he pulled out his pistol & fired a shot by each one’s head into the floor. Never had trouble again. Some-many-kids must be scared into respecting authority, and then shown kindness & encouragement for correct behavior. Bring back some form of immediate, deterrent physical punishment.

  • Mimi

    Have you ever noticed how the parents of bullies are the first to come forward to support their kid's right to bully? In every case that I know of, when older siblings intercedced to protect the bullied, the bully's parents reacted with threats of legal action against anyone who tried interfere with the bully's activities. In one case, the father of a bully who had received discipline by a female principal for beating up a girl, threatened to do the same thing or worse to the principal that she did to his kid if she punished him again. I know this happened because I was the girl who got beat up and I didn't even know his kid. He just beat me up because I was little and vulnerable and he knew he could get away with it.