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Teacher: Student-to-Student Massages Will Cure Bullying

Motherofthree Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 8:15 AM
When I was growing up, bullies were never swayed by logic, reasoning, fairness or compassion, it ALWAYS took someone or a group of someones who could teach the bully what it feels like to get their can kicked. Today, when there is a bully (and there seem to be more of them due to the lack of common sense, more separated parents, declining morals, etc) the victim that hits back is treated EXACTLY the same as the BULLY. If you want to stop bullying, you have to teach the kids that there is difference between acceptable behaviour and non-acceptable behaviour, and you have to stop the class/social engineering that seems to be teaching the kids that some kids ARE targets (if they have too much, if they're not union , Christian, etc...).
Milt37 Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 1:10 PM
Mom of 3,

I'm not so convinced there's more bullying today than in the past. I was bullied plenty, and (sadly) did some bullying myself. I think it's the nature of kids. But, you're right. Whenever my parents learned of my (minimal) bullying activities, I was read the riot act and lectured on why I shouldn't behave that way.

On the hand, I think the reason it seems like there's more bullying going on these days is because the media has made this a new cause-celebre, especially if the victim may be gay. In my day, there was never "film at eleven" when I got bullied, just for being small for my size.

Milt37 Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 1:11 PM
Now, if a boy chooses to wear dresses to school, dies his hair pink, and demands to use the girl's restroom and then gets bullied, it's going to make at least the local news.

If it happens in California, they'll pass a law (maybe including the death penalty) to prevent it.

California-based educator Thea Blair has just the solution to school bullying: peer massages. Or more specifically, “massage of children by classmates on the upper body while clothed and with consent,” EAGnews.org reported.

Blair believes peer massages “can be a powerful antidote to bullying in schools,” according to Massage Magazine. There’s no word on what a massage policy, particularly at the middle or high school level, might mean for teen pregnancy rates.

Blair says peer massage “is gaining recognition in Europe for anti-bullying and social inclusion.”

She’s hoping to raise $8,000 to produce a documentary on the...