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Originally posted by Icarus Rising
Personally, I think we go through enough adversarial circumstances as it is just being alive, and many times it is bullying that sends those less able to cope over the edge into reactionary behavior.
Lifelong difficulties, as evidenced in this thread and recent tragic events, can result.
Nikki Giovanni, the feminist poet and teacher at Virginia Tech who stirred the campus convocation yesterday with a poem, had Cho tossed out of her poetry class two years ago. "There was something mean about this boy," she said.
Contrary to the views of experts like Former Homeland Security Director, Tom Ridge, who said Cho was just "deranged," peers of many of the perpetrators of past similar crimes concede that those young men were bullied relentlessly. "Luke was picked on for as long as I can remember," explained a classmate of sixteen-year-old Luke Woodham, who killed his ex-girlfriend and her best friend and injured seven others in the 1997 school shooting in Pearl, Mississippi. "I do this on behalf of all kids who have been mistreated," Luke also declared.
Apologies if my writing is too 'dark'. Seems now in the US kids who write dark stuff get arrested.. and the grown ups make movies like kill bill.
Originally posted by semperfortis
As inner character is built through adversarial situations, what are the end results if, hypothetically, all bullying were eradicated?
Originally posted by MajorMalfunction
I can speak about bullying from a domestic violence perspective -- though my husband never hit me he did everything but. I left the marriage with PTSD it was so bad.
So believe you me, I understand completely what bullying can do to a person and how it makes them feel. But the victim still has a choice and control over their OWN actions.
Two wrongs don't make a right; being bullied does not give one the right to kill. While understandable, it's not acceptable.
The answer to how to prevent bullying I do not have. I'm still being bullied by my ex, with the help of the family court at this time. Maybe in another year, I'll have some answers.
Unfortunately, I don't have any other way out but through it. And the bullying I endured as a child has given me some strength and skills to deal with this,
Bullying is awful, but it exists. We have to look within ourselves to deal with it, and not hope that bullies will change.
Originally posted by Dock6
An important consideration is the personality traits a person inherits.
Some people react to being bullied by becoming withdrawn. Some never develop confidence. Others become what are termed 'losers', because they have no expectations of anything other than being at the bottom of the heap. Some struggle through and become stronger. Others become timid and dependent and some become defiant, pain-filled and angry.
Originally posted by chissler
Any individual who thinks a person is "lucky" that they were only psychologically abused, rather than physically, is severely misguided and has no idea what they are talking about.