Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bully Branding

Everyday we are reading and watching the news. Recently, it has focused on the problem of Bullying and how far it is going. Phoebe Prince took her life following a copy cat case in New Hampshire. Next, we hear of a couple of 11-year-olds who are taking their lives. It is sad and everyone says how it is sad. My question is why didn’t anyone do anything before it reached this level?

Another case in New Hampshire has people talking. This time it involves a 14-year-old developmentally challenged young man. He was abused relentlessly by his peers and it reached a point where these abusers decided to give him a tattoo on his buttocks. The price? They would stop abusing him if he got it but again he really had no choice as it happened against his will. Of course, they continued to abuse him further. Now, after the fact, the news is out and everyone is in an uproar. People are sad and wondering why it went this far? Why do you think it went this far? Because once again, the adults turned a blind eye to this abuse and here are the results. The bullies now face criminal charges. At lease a come-uppance is being given where in most cases the bullies skate and are rewarded in some way.

When is America going to wake up? Why are we still doing nothing? This is a disabled child here and we all know tattoos are not removable. I bet I can tell you what happened at the school before this child was tattooed. The bullies went after him and he tried to get help. He was told to ignore it and learn how to joke around with others. He told his parents who went to the school and nothing was done. So, the bullies gave him the tattoo and after the fact everyone started to do something. Why do we wait until after the fact? Intervention should be key here, not waiting around for something to happen. I blame the adults in all of this. They could have stopped this early on but did nothing. This problem is growing worse, not better and its time to step and do something. I hope while the bullies are incarcerated that they seek the help they really need. Extensive therapy and behavior modification. This behavior is pathological and if not curbed now, they will grow up into full blown criminals. Please, step in and step up! Speak out and do something before its too late. Our children deserve that!

12 comments:

INSIDE THE SHRINK said...

As long as there are human beings there will be bullying and abuse. We live in a cursed world and we area all stuck in this span of eternity called time. Some are born into it in a very vulnerable way, while others of us are a bit more fortunate. The only hope for the vulnerable are people like you who speak out and get the word out and motivate others to stop this insanity and evil. God bless you and I pray your passion for this issue spreads like wildfire until this injustice is extinguished. I am a psychologist and I see people who are victims of this evil. So I am on the aftermath end. Thank God there is one like you on the prevention and advocate side. God bless you.

Elizabeth Bennett said...

Hi Inside The Shrink, thanks much for taking the time to read and comment. Oh yeah, with humanity comes sin unfortunately. However, as humans, we are capable of recognizing right from wrong. Its when bullies go the wrong way then everyone else suffers. I will be educating on this til the day I die. I pray for your work to spead like wildfire as well. We need good people speaking out and speaking up. Have a great week...

Many Blessings,
Elizabeth

covnitkepr1 said...

Keep preaching this Elizabeth...someday you'll be preaching and someone will hear you that is in "high places" and do something about it.

Bob West said...

I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I have yours.
Very insightful! I am now a follower.
God Bless, Bob West
http://westbob.blogspot.com/2010/05/god-vs-science.html

Elizabeth Bennett said...

Thxs Covnitkepr1 I sure hope so.

Thanks Bob for your kind words. I will gladly follow you back.

Have a great weekend :)

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Elizabeth Bennett said...

Thank you Jet. Have a good week...

Take Care,
Elizabeth

Carol / A Book Inside said...

Hey Liz,
I'm sending a gal your way. She has a problem with her kid at school.
Thanks for being available for those in need of help!

Elizabeth Bennett said...

Awesome Carol! Thanks so much! I look forward to hearing from her. I am sad that her child is having to deal with this.

Lisa Parkins said...

It's sad the cycle, it's so much like all of the other forms of abuse that seem to be passed from family to family. It's almost like this is a worse form though, because instead of it just staying within the family, a bully will abuse so many around them. While their victims may not bully, they then suffer from low self esteem which follows them for their rest of their lives and in everything they do.

Bullying Speaker said...

It's true, students know right from wrong, but I think students don't really know about the consequences. Just like downloading free music, it feels right until you are fined thousands of dollars. I speak to youth about consequences and preventive measures. Thanks for your work in keeping this blog updated.

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