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originally posted by: DBCowboy
The best way to stop a bully is to break their nose. It worked for me! And I still can't breathe out of one nostril.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Tenebris
Anti bullying campaigns will only work when the main thrust of them is victim support, and involves freeing victims from the shackles of non-retaliatory responses to threat, which are forced on them by school boards and regulations. You see, kids who are not bullies, do not want trouble, do not cause it, and seek no attention from either staff, or students. Kids who are bullies know that they have the advantage. They do not care about the rules, because all they care about is status, and gaining a reputation which gives them power over others.
But any method of preventing bullying, which does not include changing the ridiculous idea that "it doesn't matter who started it" will fail. Giving victims carte Blanche to mangle their assailants faces if they get a chance to do so however, would be FAR more effective. Removing the protection bullies enjoy through their lack of care for the rules, would go an awfully long way to crushing the pathetic, weak minds and egos of the maladjusted little bastards making life hell for kids in school.
When I was a lad, I took an awful lot of abuse from others, simply because I did not want to get into trouble. I did not realise how much damage that YEARS of repressing my anger had done, until I finally flipped out, and terrified people in one massive outburst of savagery. No child should feel that they could get in more trouble for defending themselves, than an assailant or assailants will for starting a fight. It leads to crushed spirits, when one is not only un defended by authorities, but sanctioned for acting in the absence of any effective protection from that authority.
That must stop. At the moment, if I am attacked in the street, I have the right to defend myself. A child attacked in a classroom has no such right according to the rules of most educational environments. That is simply unacceptable.