What alarmed Marty was the fact that the authorities did, in fact, react as swiftly and definitively against these young tormentors; however, when it comes to the bullying that's done to their peers, everyone drags their heels. Worse, they fall into a very predictable pattern of complete denial. ("Those boys are good as gold"...Kim Lockwood) Once he pointed that out, they whole story about Karen Klein became a whole different story for me.
I'm wondering how "they" would respond to that. We know all too well about the intense bullying that goes on both in the schools and on the school buses. For those of us who have seen the movie, "Bully", we've seen it up close and personal. Some of you have been bullied yourselves or have kids who have been. You know exactly what I'm talking about.
"I feel really bad about what I did," Wesley, one of the boys in the video, said in a statement issued to the show by police. "I wish I had never done those things. If that had happened to someone in my family, like my mother or grandmother, I would be really mad at the people who did that to them."while the other youngster stated:
"I am so sorry for the way I treated you," Josh, another one of the boys, said in a statement. "When I saw the video I was disgusted and could not believe I did that. I am sorry for being so mean and I will never treat anyone this way again."See, they aren't born to act that way!! That repulsive, and dangerous!, behavior is taught. Directly or indirectly, the lesson is still taught and learned. I'm wondering what would happen if every case of bullying went viral like the Karen Klein incident did? Forced to actually see their actions as the video goes viral, and sentenced to hearing the world respond to their spiteful, nasty behavior, I'm wondering if we'd start seeing some of these young bullies begin to turn away from their negative and cruel behavior? One can always hope.