Today I’d like to change things around a bit and give everyone my thoughts on bullying.
While this may sound like simple advice, it isn’t. I know parents now who are living with a child bully. The child gets in trouble at school or on the playground and NOTHING is done to the child. No time out, no punishment. Some parents even pretend the bullying never even took place. How are we going to put an end to bullying when many turn a blind eye to it on the home front?
I’m not embarrassed to say I’ve met a few ten-year-old bullies I’m afraid of. I’ve seen the raging violence both in their eyes and their actions. I hate to think what will become of these children a decade down the road.
Bullying isn’t new. I’m over fifty years old now, and it went on even in my day. I remember the same names being called to the principal’s office over and over for the same offense. Usually fighting. Years later I had the opportunity to sit in on general sessions court. I was shocked to see some of these same bullies being led in from the local detention center to face charges of criminal domestic violence or drug-related offenses.
I’m not saying every child bully will grow up to abuse others, but studies do show that to be the case. Bullies don’t just pop up out of nowhere. They’re made, and sometimes enabled by the very people who should frown on this behavior-their parents!
Yes, I believe bullying prevention must be taught in the schools. However, it will do little good if not reinforced by strong family values. This includes discipline. I don’t know about you, but I’m afraid of what our next generation will be like if children are continued to be allowed to run their households with no retribution for bad behavior.
I’m curious as to whether any of the readers are seeing this trend in their own neighborhoods. Whether it be at church or in a playground or in friends home. I’d really love some feedback on this.