Massachusetts’ new state law requires schools to institute an anti-bullying curriculum, investigate acts of bullying, and report the most serious cases to law enforcement officers. The new law, passed in April, was in response to the suicide of a 15 year old girl who was bullied by a group of South Hadley, Massachusetts students.
We all remember bullying situations from our school years, but those were up close and personal, as opposed to being on the Internet, where public humiliation is the game, and anonymity is the cloak of protection for this disgusting behavior. Cruelty gets protected by abusing the spirit of the First Amendment, as parents and the ACLU fight to protect the evildoers.
In a 1995 Canadian study, researchers used video cameras in a school playground and observed almost five bullying incident an hour! Typically, other children stood by and watched, but did or said nothing to help.
Some psychologist-types are busy making up the expensive curriculum to sell to schools for programs to stop bullying. I guess there’s always someone around who just wants to make a buck.
My take is that schools are afraid to discipline bullying children, because parents (who are negligent in their responsibilities to their children and society) will SUE instead of smacking their kid on the tush and putting him or her to bed without supper and grounding them until they’re ready for social security.
In my day, if you misbehaved at school, you were sent to the dreaded Vice Principal’s office. Punishment would include a severe talking to, extra assignments, time after school, and/or a refusal to allow you to participate in school activities. And guess what? No parent ever complained about protecting their “baby.” The kids would expect to get even more punishment at home.
Today? Parents are not married…divorced…remarried…fighting with exes…shacking up with new honeys…involved in dual-career marriages…focused on porn, drugs, the Internet, shopping…whatever.
Intact families with two parents whose emphasis is family and children are getting more and more rare. Kids see the constant squabbling on TV news, between their parents, in the neighborhood, on radio, on the Internet, where meanness reigns (does anyone post kind things any more?), and on and on.
Where, exactly, are children supposed to learn to be nice?
They don’t see nice at home, in the media, or in the world at large.
Where, then, are children supposed to learn to be nice?
Policing is the last resort in a society where there is no framework for teaching and reinforcing decent behavior. Activist groups by nature are angry and divisive, and that trickles down to neighborhoods and schoolyards as children, fighting for attention and importance (because they’re not getting it at home), group up and torment other children without remorse and without fear of consequences.
Our children have become arrogant because they are largely on their own without parental leadership, guidance, and attention.
The adults have abandoned their responsibilities to the next generations because of their determination to sacrifice nothing and fulfill every desire in spite of their obligations.
I hear this every day on my radio program, and it makes me sad.
The epitome of bullying is the homegrown American terrorist group…which is growing.
Our country, just like our homes, is fragmented by anger. The price is our children are modeling the book “Lord of the Flies.”