Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Ok, so a teenaged straight kid gets hit on by a teenaged gay kid. It's pretty safe to say that it happens everywhere, everyday. The straight kid doesn't like being hit on by the gay kid. More often than not, that happens everywhere, everyday as well. The straight kid goes to school and EXECUTES the gay kid for the "unwanted advances". (a bullet to the back of the head and one while the gay kid lay on the floor constitutes an execution in my book) Two days later, Larry King died of his injuries inflicted by Brandon McInerney. I think it's hardly fair that Brandon's family will get him back in their lives in roughly 20 more years. Larry's family will never have that joy again. At least this bring a sense of closure to one of the more horrific cases in recent memory.
We've reached the point, finally, where we all, for the most part, agree that there's a serious problem in our society today with bullying, especially (though, not exclusively!) with our young people. Great! Now comes the real work. How do you detect a bully when you see one? How do you know if your own child is a bully? You certainly can't be with them 24/7 and almost certainly have no idea of every single thing they do at school or in public when you're not around. Well, good news! There are characteristic that you can look for to help you detect and correct it. Some of the incidences of bullying that we're seeing today are nothing short of appalling. Lives are being lost because of it. Acknowledging, finally, that there is a serious problem is a great first step. Now, let's educate ourselves so we can start reversing the trend.