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    Re: Bullying...

    I don't know how girls work these things, since female bullying is different, but I always found that, when I was bullied, a straight left to the eye was particularly effective. They beat the **** out of you, but they still had to go round with a 'shiner' administered by someone much smaller and weaker, so they tended to avoid you from then on, out of shame.

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    Re: Bullying...

    Though the means and methods of 'bullying' may have changed, the teaching of children to stand up for themselves shouldn't have.

    Not everybody is nice in this world, or going to respect your feelings and make sure to not offend you. It seems a lot of kids have lost the ability to understand that, and have become overly sensitive to anything critical. Parents have become so overly protective that kids don't seem to know how to respond to bad names, being picked on for a physical flaw (in someone else's eyes) or ugly clothing.

    Physical response should be the last option. But if necessary, it IS an option. And unfortunately, it is probably one of the most effective.

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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Bullying... the new trendy social issue. How are we doing at addressing it?

    I don't think any reasonable person would deny that bullying exists, but... are we properly addressing the issue or are we blowing it out of proportion?
    I voted "Other" since I don't know.

    I'd love to see bullying addressed by peer groups in school. I remember reading about a high school football team who took a "different boy" under their wings to protect him from bullying. There are oh-so-valuable lessons to be learned by addressing real, live bullying. I would hope schools address it vigorously when they find it.

    More importantly, if it's not specifically addressed by a school system, I would hope parents have the brain cells to carry it all the way to the school board when it effects their child. Teachers/administrators/janitors/office staff within every school should be mandatory reporters of bullying. Those who bully should be disciplined swiftly and firmly.

    Public service films should be produced and shown in every school in the United States to teach youngsters one thing too many of them aren't born with: empathy. You can always spot a bullied child. They don't make eye contact, hug their books close to their chest and just try to get by. Sad.
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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    How do you handle your son getting a beat down so bad he almost loses an eye or suffers a broken bone?
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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    If a bully is suspended for 15 days or fined 300 bucks that will make him(her?) think twice before the next bullying, imho.
    Or may be 20 whips will do the job?
    Not really. Getting his ass kicked will do the job. You meet force with greater force- to do otherwise is to concede to the bully's superiority.
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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by opendebate View Post
    So what exactly are you suggesting?
    I am suggesting exactly what I said in my first post to this thread.
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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Not really. Getting his ass kicked will do the job. You meet force with greater force- to do otherwise is to concede to the bully's superiority.
    So when your 12 year old is bullied by bigger stronger 14 year olds. What is he supposed to do?
    Most schools dont allow for "fighting back", cant take a weapon without getting in trouble, teachers dont care, school admins dont care, other kids parents dont care.

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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    So when your 12 year old is bullied by bigger stronger 14 year olds. What is he supposed to do?
    Most schools dont allow for "fighting back", cant take a weapon without getting in trouble, teachers dont care, school admins dont care, other kids parents dont care.
    The bolded was my initial point. We teach children to be passive nowadays, and we don't allow them to use force against aggression, which is the natural human impulse. My sons were in school back when public schools first started implementing this policy. I told both of my sons to never initiate aggression against someone else, but to always meet it with equal force, even if it meant them getting suspended from school. When we fail to meet aggression head-on, aggressors see it as weakness, and their behaviors increase in intensity.
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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    The bolded was my initial point. We teach children to be passive nowadays, and we don't allow them to use force against aggression, which is the natural human impulse. My sons were in school back when public schools first started implementing this policy. I told both of my sons to never initiate aggression against someone else, but to always meet it with equal force, even if it meant them getting suspended from school. When we fail to meet aggression head-on, aggressors see it as weakness, and their behaviors increase in intensity.
    I was in school, the 70s, when that was implemented at our schools.
    There were bullies, and there were fights. Most of us took the fights out behind auto mechanics. I even stood in for a couple kids that were being bullied.
    Funny how people all of a sudden dont want to fight one of the football players, but are all kinds of willing to push a kid around that is not a fighter.

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    Re: Bullying...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Bullying... the new trendy social issue. How are we doing at addressing it?

    I don't think any reasonable person would deny that bullying exists, but... are we properly addressing the issue or are we blowing it out of proportion?
    Bullying always has, and always will exist. I think kids today just aren't as tough as we were growing up. And parents don't actually teach their kids how to behave, and don't spank them. Kids need discipline from their parents, and parents need to step up and teach their brats a lesson.
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