Tuesday, August 25, 2009
When the Bullied Bash the Bullies
Oh no. The petals are falling off the flowers. They had a better summer than I had with all that rain. But now they are dying.
Just like thousands of Canadian children are probably dying a little bit. At the thought of going back to school and being tormented by bullies again.
As you know I hate bullies, of any persuasion, more than I hate ANYTHING. So I couldn't help notice this story.
A Winnipeg mother has sent her bullied son to learn kick-boxing and given him a green light to "kick the snot out of" his alleged tormentor when school starts next month.
The mother of the victim in Louis Riel S.D. said the bullying has included physical abuse, humiliation such as pulling down her son's gym shorts and underwear in front of the entire class and, more recently, anti-Semitism.
"His parents don't give a crap," she said.
Now I have to admit that I did the same thing as that kid is doing. When I came out at the age of twelve I was attacked by bullies all the time. So I learned martial arts, and when I was good enough I attacked them.
And I also admit that I would love to see the look on that bully's face, when his quiet little victim kicks him in the head. Although I know I shouldn't.
And I still think martial arts can be good for boys and girls to help protect them and boost their self confidence. But these guys are right.
"Martial arts is not about kicking and punching...Violence only invokes more violence...."
Mr. Beltran and Mr. Pabuaya both stressed that selfdefence preaches mental discipline before physical training. Both emphasize verbal interaction to avoid heated confrontations."
Violence is a dead end. And bullying and homophobia are ADULT problems. Kids should be protected from both of them and not have to become violent to defend themselves. Or live in fear.
So it's up to school boards, and teachers, and police officers, and above all parents to do more to fight the problem. Because bullying in Canada is a national disgrace.
It can shatter young lives
People who are bullied as children have twice the risk of having delusions, hallucinations or other psychotic symptoms as pre-teens as those who have not been bullied, British researchers said on Monday.
And sometimes it can kill them....
Speak up. Spread the word. Shout it out. Bullying is BAD.
Don't let it hurt the children....