Bullying Reaches New Lows

The tricking of a handicap young man into taking the ice bucket challenge by classmates in Bay Village, Ohio, and being doused with urine and feces takes bullying to a new low.

The young man involved wants nothing more than a little acceptance and belonging from his classmates. Instead of abuse, simple tolerance would have been enough. The ability to have some empathy, to put themselves into the shoes of another person and imagine how the other person might feel would have prevented this abuse of this young man.

I would like nothing more than to launch a full-scale assault on the young men who performed this loathsome act, but after some research I learned that bullies are often abused, bullied, damaged children themselves. Living in a nice neighborhood, in an attractive home, with all the things, does not mean a child is getting everything he or she needs. Children are taught empathy by seeing it in action. By seeing empathy expressed toward others, and by seeing empathy expressed toward them children learn to apply empathy in their lives.

The children who committed this foal act may see empathy as something for losers, rather than simple human kindness in action. Fortunately, empathy can be taught, even to teens, as long as they are willing to imagine things from the other persons perspective.

Bullying is a complicated problem, and there is no easy fix. For information on what you can do to prevent bullying visit: http://www.stopbullying.gov


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