I know that in all journalism there are always two sides to every story, but it was hard to see both in an article in today's Noo Yawk Times.
This is the article: A Boy the Bullies Love to Beat Up, Repeatedly
I get it that kids are awful little sh*ts to each other - kids can mostly get away with saying and doing things to each other that adults get sued or go to jail over.
But what gets me totally riled up is the apparent laissez-faire attitude over the fact that this kid gets beaten up all the time. Seemingly he is mouthy to people and has a thing about shoving, but overlooking the beatings and the torment because of his behavior is unacceptable. It's cowardly to blame the victim.
And you know what? It is never, ever, ok to victimize someone. That's the simple truth.
A person who terrorizes another person can be a rapist, a murderer, a stalker, a terrorist, a molester, or a bully. I wonder how proud a parent of a bully is, knowing that their child falls into that category. Perhaps they cover their shame with bravado or self-justification, but their child will always have that monster lurking within them, no matter how they might later disguise it.
No one ever deserves to be bullied, no matter what. No single person is given the right to decide that someone else deserves to be punished - only a judge, a jury, or if you believe, God, can make that decision. That is how we have chosen to construct our society and you have the choice to like it, leave it, or change the rules for everyone if you want.
Don't get me wrong, I don't want everyone to suddenly hug and kiss and cuddle bunnies or something. Having major a**holes is a necessary evil in society, otherwise how would we know who to like? Just keep that sh*t to yourself, and tell your kids to do the same.
Ok, I am done with the venting. I will now step away slowly from the soapbox.