If there’s one thing virtually everyone can agree on, it’s that bullying is bad.
In fact, a recent survey commissioned by Care.com, a caregiver referral company, revealed that bullying is the No. 1 concern of parents of school-aged children — even more so than the fear of kidnapping.
We’re all more aware of, and alarmed by, the social aggression, cruelty and violence that confront too many of our children and teens. And that’s no surprise. If you’ve ever watched a son or daughter struggle to cope with the inexplicably mean behavior of his or her peers, you know why this is such an emotionally charged issue.
In fact, in its most recent survey of American teens, the Josephson Institute of Ethics discovered that roughly 60 percent of the teens surveyed said they have been bullied at some point, while about 90 percent said they have bullied others.
To say bullying is rampant is an understatement.
You would think this is one issue that couldn’t possibly be injected with a political agenda — the safety of our children is a universal value of all parents. Alas, bullying is now a cornerstone of the gay rights agenda.
Thanks to the aggressive hijacking of the bullying crisis for political motives, the problem is only going to get worse.
Last week, students at Hartford High School in Hartford, Conn., made headlines by walking out of a theatrical performance called “Zanna, Don’t!” The performance was funded for presentation in the high school by Leadership Greater Hartford’s Quest program, in partnership with another nonprofit, True Colors.
The gay advocacy musical imagines a world in which heterosexuals are an oppressed minority and being straight is tantamount to social exclusion. By presenting an “opposite reality,” the play seeks to promote acceptance of LGBT students and thereby reduce bullying.
The students who walked out (media reports note they were mostly young men and largely members of the high school football team) were put off by a scene in the production that included “same-sex affection.” When two male cast members kissed onstage, audience members were said to have shouted in disgust and bolted from the auditorium.
Not exactly the reaction the school’s administration hoped for.