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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mustachio View Post
    I think we're on track and taking many of the right measures. When I was in high school (not all that long ago, but I guess a decade is a good chunk of time) the only thing to stop bullies was a video we watched about a kid who killed himself because he was bullied. It helped for about a week and then everybody forgot about it. The problem wasn't just that kids were bullied, it was that those who were neither bullies nor the bullied made no attempt to help the situation. They'd just jump on the pile and make fun of the weak, the underprivileged, the different, even the deaf -- seriously, the deaf. The natural urge is to make fun of the people everybody else is making fun of to divert attention away from yourself, who could be next.

    With the numerous campaigns that exist today, I think we're headed in the right direction. Many schools have more comprehensive anti-bullying programs than they did 10 years ago, and more importantly, the students are exposed to media campaigns and documentaries, which really does help IMHO. I don't think you can ever stop the bullies from bullying. But I think you can persuade the rest of the student body to be civil toward students who are bullied. Years after high school I wrote to the students I felt were bullied and apologized to them for what they went through and for not doing more to be kind to them. I was surprised when told that I was the only person who bothered to do this. My advice to anybody in their 20s: do what I did. You could really help somebody who may still be recovering from the trauma that was the first 18 years of their life.
    I did something like that to a person I met on FaceBook recently. Back in elementary school, me and some of the other boys picked on her. Said she had 'cooties." Called her Boogernose. Well, that bothered me all my life, since. I found her on FaceBook and made all apologies. She was very forgiving about it. She said, "Don't let that bother you. We were just kids."

    I'm not so sure if me reaching out to her helped her emotionally as much as it did me.

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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    You need to realize that being "civilized" is a veneer covering a very brutal creature, we humans. It is learned behavior and it doesn't take much to strip it away either. As for violence? 20 or 30 years ago it was frowned upon too, or did you miss the part of my being suspended from school for a week simply for defending myself?

    IMO your worldview is very naive, and based on limited experience in real world situations.
    I think things are much more violent today.

    30 years ago it was two guys fighting after school, now it is one guy and all his friends with guns and knives against that one guy.

    I don't remember weapons being such a concern back then in school.

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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    I did something like that to a person I met on FaceBook recently. Back in elementary school, me and some of the other boys picked on her. Said she had 'cooties." Called her Boogernose. Well, that bothered me all my life, since. I found her on FaceBook and made all apologies. She was very forgiving about it. She said, "Don't let that bother you. We were just kids."

    I'm not so sure if me reaching out to her helped her emotionally as much as it did me.
    Well, you had the right idea. That's good. The person who was the most emotional about my apology to him was partially deaf and was made fun of for it every day. A bunch of kids broke his hearing aid and had no remorse. It was pretty evil stuff. He had been in therapy for years when I contacted him and said that it could really make a difference since I was the first person to ever apologize to him. He was made fun of for a disability. Mind blowing.
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    When I was in elementary school a bunch of boys were making fun of the girl that developed first. I joined in to say oine thing and whenI saw the hurt in her eyes, I felt horrible.

    I never made fun of anybody again. It didn't make sense to me.

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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    I think things are much more violent today.

    30 years ago it was two guys fighting after school, now it is one guy and all his friends with guns and knives against that one guy.

    I don't remember weapons being such a concern back then in school.
    I'm going to disagree, things were just a violent if not more so but today there is much easier access to weapons than before. Which makes the violence that much more disheartening as its much easier to take a life.
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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by Nynaeve Meara View Post

    It also works the best, because the internet is forever. So even if its stopped, it will always be online to be viewed at one time or another. Look at the Star Wars kid or Numa Numa dance as prime examples of cyber bullying.
    the star wars kid (real name Ghyslain Raza) is now a lawyer.

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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    I think things are much more violent today.

    30 years ago it was two guys fighting after school, now it is one guy and all his friends with guns and knives against that one guy.

    I don't remember weapons being such a concern back then in school.
    When I attended high school, it was nothing unusual to look out across the parking lot and see rifles in the gun racks of the student's trucks. Even our most destestible bullies, (aka, "goat ropers,",) did their bullying with fists.

    One thing I have noticed, however. Many of these high school bullies from back in my day, these Scoal dipping redneck "goat ropers," are now old men on FaceBook, forever hating the president and passing around all that debunked rightwing propaganda that goes for gospel down in the great state of Texas.

    I guess once an idiot always an idiot. LOL!

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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    the star wars kid (real name Ghyslain Raza) is now a lawyer.
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    The perpetrators got punished severely by the media and settled out of court. IE attention was drawn to the bullies without violence involved.

    Amazing how that works... and no one was beat up.
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    Re: Bullying...

    I think men and women deal with bullying differently. Seems like when a man stands up to a bully he can often win the respect of the guy. They can beat the crap out of each other and then become best friends. With women you have to watch your back for the rest of your life. Hate to dis my own gender but ....

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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    I did something like that to a person I met on FaceBook recently. Back in elementary school, me and some of the other boys picked on her. Said she had 'cooties." Called her Boogernose. Well, that bothered me all my life, since. I found her on FaceBook and made all apologies. She was very forgiving about it. She said, "Don't let that bother you. We were just kids."

    I'm not so sure if me reaching out to her helped her emotionally as much as it did me.
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