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Student: Teachers Bully Me Because I’m Conservative

canine34 Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 12:15 PM
I get the gist of this column and feel for the conservative students, but am I the only person that has to resist the gag-reflex every time I hear or read the word "bully" nowadays? I'm not referring to this column specifically, but we've gotten to the point where people are labeling anyone who doesn't agree with us on every little detail in life as a "bully". We have become a nation of six year-olds whining because someone stole our tater tots at lunch.
AZYaateeh Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 11:41 PM
I too hate the word bullying—what these vermin were doing is "criminal harassment".

Seriously, there's no need for a separate concept of bullying, and there's a very simple standard to address any given case. Namely? If it corresponds to harassment or assault, then—and I know this is counterintuitive—it should be punished, by the COPS, as criminal harassment or assault. If it doesn't, it's an issue for teachers and school counselors.
Ms Kelly Wrote: Apr 05, 2013 12:31 AM
AZY:

You are absolutely right. I use to hate it when some kid had his back-pack stolen and everyone would say "Oh it's just kids being kids". No, it's not! If it is behavior that one adult would not permit from another adult, it should be punished as such. Assault, theft, etc. are crimes. We must make sure kids know what is and is not acceptable behavior.
Ms Kelly Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 5:35 PM
Ask yourself this: Suppose your boss at your place of employment called you a racist in front of other co-workers because you were a conservative or a Republican? Would you sit still for that? I certainly hope not!

School age kids should get (and expect) the same respect as adults. Otherwise, how can we teach them how adults behave? We don't allow adults to steal (it's a crime) therefore, we teach our kids not to steal. We don't tell them it's okay to steal when you're a child, but you'll be expected to change when you grow up. What I can't stand is the "bullying is part of growing up; no big deal" argument.
Beethovens10th Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 1:57 PM
If this makes you sick, you should take a look at the WH website on bullying. According to the Homosexual-in-Chief, virtually anything can be "bullying" based on the SUBJECTIVE feewings of the special interest group: breaking up friendships, teasing, ignoring someone, etc.
Jeff_Georgia Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 2:50 PM
This is identical to the sexual harassment BS from the '90s. I remember being forced by my employer to sit through a "sexual harassment seminar," the thrust of which was sexual harassment is whatever the "victim" says it is; further, that "victim's" definition can change from day to day...

What a crock, and I thought the seminar was going to teach us how to sexually harass people - I was so disappointed.
Anominus Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 12:45 PM
I also understand the "gag reflex." Many of Starnes columns use this term, and I'm of the impression that he does it specifically to give liberals a taste of their own medicine. The best part is that, unlike when liberals abuse the term to silence opposition, Starnes actually is pointing out examples of bullying.

In this article, these "education engineers" (think sanitation workers who deal with worthless information) have authority over their students - to use that authority to abuse them and mock their values is obscene. The fact that these "teachers" have not been punished, and probably won't ever be punished, only compounds the obscenity.

A Wisconsin school district has launched an investigation into accusations that teachers have bullied and harassed a politically active student.

Benji Backer, a 15-year-old student at Appleton North High School in Appleton, told me that he’s been subjected to name-calling, foul-language and classroom lectures that bashed Gov. Scott Walker and labeled Republicans as racist:

“They are harassing and bullying me as well as indoctrinating other students,” Backer said. The 15-year-old wrote about his allegations in great detail in an essay first published by FreedomWorks.

“My teachers have always talked about bullying, including bullying homosexuals and how wrong it is,” Backer wrote....