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Bullying a serious issue

September 18, 2013

Among the most heart-wrenching, deeply troubling stories in the news last week was that of a 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied for nearly a year....

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Ron1960

Sep-18-13 12:31 PM

The anti bullying programs and policies are worthless if there is no enforcement. The teachers and school administrators just put words on a paper that they call a policy and forget about it. They need to get off the dime when there is a complaint of bullying and take action right then and make those who are doing the bullying understand that what they are doing is wrong and I do not mean just giving them a strong talking to something like a suspending for several weeks. The local legislators also need to put bullying into the law and when someone is accused of bullying they can be arrested and the parents of those accused need to be made to b e accountable.

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drugsrus

Sep-18-13 12:39 PM

There will always be bullies, nothing has changed with political correctness and telling everybody to be nice. To get a bully to stop sometimes you need a little skirmish. Biff Tannan was a different person after George McFly decked him - once. There is more to self-esteem than just feeling good about yourself. Bullies need to be taught respect, something they don't have -- for themselves or others.

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Pards13

Sep-18-13 4:09 PM

It appears those girls drove that girl to commit suicide. In that respect they killed her the same way as if they pulled the trigger. They should be rooted out and prosecuted the same way as any other murderer would be. If nothing else it would send a strong message to the rest of the bullies... stop now or you will suffer the same way. If nothing else the parents of that girl should sue civilly and take the parents of the bullies for everything they have or will ever have.

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rschweizer

Sep-18-13 7:51 PM

Disgusting. Too bad it's becoming more and more common. It does make you wonder how bad a twelve-year-old's life must be that suicide is the best option.

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rschweizer

Sep-18-13 8:07 PM

drugsrus, so you say the only way to stop bullying is by... bullying. Got it. Check.

PS- that solves nothing. What's a kid who is bullied every living day of his or her life to do to their bully? Hit them? What if they don't know how to fight? What if they're to shy to fight? Or not confident enough? Or what if they do hit back and end up getting hit back even harder?

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drugsrus

Sep-18-13 9:35 PM

swizzer, does everything need to be totally laid out for you to understand????? All that book learning and supposed education you claim to have and they failed to teach you how to think.

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drugsrus

Sep-18-13 9:52 PM

swizzer, when you stand up for yourself, you gain self respect.

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MrBoB51

Sep-19-13 6:35 AM

Children emulate what they see at home.

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MrBoB51

Sep-19-13 6:45 AM

Be careful what you ask for, some people perceive a boss telling them what to do, when and how is bullying. The simple act of telling somebody in a clam voice they're doing something wrong can be 'yelling' at them or bullying. Respect begins at home.

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laker88

Sep-19-13 7:24 AM

Agree Ron about the need for enforcement, but there is also a need for parental support. Bob nailed it re "respect begins at home." Unfortunately, there is way too much parental absence, and in today's society, even when both parents are home there has become less and less communication between parents and kids....many who are too busy with their smart phones, chat rooms etc etc.

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Pards13

Sep-19-13 11:28 AM

Children can be cruel, they always have and probably always will. Social media offers them a almost unfettered delivery system with virtually no repercussions. At 12 years of age that girl stood little chance against a organized onslaught of large group. Now those girls need to take responsibility for their actions so others will stop.

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laker88

Sep-19-13 2:04 PM

Agree Pards...A stern message must be sent in this case that will hopefully help to prevent future tragedies.

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tiger69bikes

Sep-19-13 2:38 PM

I am not condoning one thing all these girls did to her, but this happened not to far from me, and it came out a few days later on the local news, that her home life was less than stellar. There had been some abuse at home also.This probably wasn't told in the Nat'l news. So, it's not like she had someone to look up to at home. But IMO,she had no one to go to, because the school did not take her or her parents seriously, if the parents even tried!! Who knows??

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drugsrus

Sep-19-13 5:38 PM

tiger, thanks for the input and clarification

laker, are you turning to the dark side?? your posts are making sense

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tiger69bikes

Sep-19-13 6:01 PM

It was on the news, like 3 days after she killed herself. Very sad, she had no one to turn to. :-(

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laker88

Sep-19-13 7:05 PM

drugs....are you saying you're on the dark side, lol. Seriously, posters are quick to apply labels, but I go with the issue at hand...I may be to the "left" on some issues, to the "right" on others. But with today's family unit, or lack of, to me it's a common sense issue. Whether it's both parents or a single parent, spend time/communicate with your kids...a little guidance/caring goes a LONG way. I realize that some parents work very long hours, but it's beyond me how people can have kids, then ignore them.

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drugsrus

Sep-19-13 8:26 PM

yup laker, there is no right or left on this issue, and right and wrong lines are blurry on this too. There is a lot more to self esteem than feeling good about yourself and sometimes a little skirmish is good for everybody.

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MrBoB51

Sep-20-13 6:11 AM

I grew up in an age where disrespecting your Mom got you an azzwhooping and a harsh explanation from Dad. We learned respect by the examples we learned at home. Today, just a harsh explanation and Dad gets issued an Order of Protection and jail time for abuse for trying to set limits. There's a saying; "good judgement comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgement". Now, it seems bad judgement is rewarded with a new I-pad and the admonition 'don't do that again'. Yeah, that 'experience' has been working out real good.

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MrBoB51

Sep-20-13 6:45 AM

Drugs, I think those 'blurred lines' you refer to in part is not understanding the difference between 'discipline' and 'abuse'.

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laker88

Sep-20-13 7:48 AM

Bob, there is one other form of punishment today's parents are administering....it's the dreaded "Time Out", where disrespectful kids are sent to there rooms where they can chat in solitude with their friends on their smart phones or computers. Just imagine the fear of god that puts into an unruly child!

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yukonjack

Sep-20-13 8:59 AM

MR BOB50......." Respect begins at home." You said something we agree with...!

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yukonjack

Sep-20-13 8:59 AM

MR BOB50......." Respect begins at home." You said something we agree with...!

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