Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Bullying a bully
While I was torturing myself on the elliptical at the gym, I caught the end of a news report that caught my eye. Naturally, the first thing I did when I got home was Google it and I ran on THIS article about a father who threatened to shave a neighborhood bully's head if she didn't leave his daughter alone.
Now, this is the part I'm nervous to post. Let me stress that I DO NOT think it's okay to threaten children. If someone threatened my child, we'd have a serious problem. Also, not only should he not have threatened her, he also went about the rest of the situation in the wrong way as well. I think he should have taken other steps, talk to her parents, talk to the school, the bus driver, the police, whatever you have to do to keep your child save from bulling predators.
But, as much as I know he was wrong and as much as I can't condone threatening a child, there was a little part of me that cheered inside. Now, I'm not proud of that, but I'm also sick and tired of the bullying. It breaks my heart when I see story after story about CHILDREN taking their own life because they're tortured by their peers. In most of the stories, the parents DID do the right thing. They went to school, teacher etc. and nothing was done.
Our children are dying and if they're not, they're losing their confidence, their self esteem. They're being beat down and stripped raw and I've had enough of it. It's wrong. Scary. Sad. Heartbreaking.
Now I don't know if this girl will ever bully again, but man, I hope she learned a lesson from this. Even though the father took the round route, I'm hoping the outcome is good. Wrong as it may be, maybe if there were stricter punishment for bullies, we'd have better luck protecting our children from being picked on.