Tell that to the kid who hung himself because he couldn’t take the gay bashing anymore.
Tell that to the kid who’s starving herself because at 5’10″ and 125 pounds her boyfriend said she’s fat.
Tell that to the kid who can’t get his class work done because another kid teases him mercilessly for kicks and giggles.
Words hurt. And it’s the aftershock of these words that continues to make bullying one of the hottest buttons in the US today.
So, when I learned that the kids that berated bus monitor Karen Klein were given 50 hours of community service and sent to an alternative school for a year I wasn’t surprised. And here’s why:
1- It’s hard to prove bullying. It’s similar to heresy in court. It’s my word against yours. I can tell you all day long that I was told I was fat but that doesn’t prove anything. But this whole situation was captured on video by the bullies! There is no denying it.
2. You don’t just start bullying an elderly lady. There’s always more to the story. I’d venture to say this isn’t the first time these kids have been in trouble. They were too confident in their delivery & too in tune with each other. And typically first or second offenders aren’t sent to alternative schools.
3. And to get a bit more personal… If these kids are repeatedly bullying others then their disruption could be keeping other kids (maybe even yours!) from learning. We all have some kid we have an affinity toward even if we haven’t birthed or adopted them. You love him or her and want them to succeed in every way possible. And anything or anyone who’s hindering that causes us to buck up like a mama goose to fight ‘em. Maybe the administrators, like you & I, had enough. This incident could be the tipping point for bully punishment.
And yes, I agree with the punishment. I tried to watch the video but couldn’t get through a full minute of it. I know it’s kosher to link to videos about which you’re referring in the blog world but I can’t bring myself to do it. The language of the children and Klein’s reaction are too heartbreaking.
I’ve gotten into a few arguments over my agreement with the punishment. But, I’m going to get real honest real quick: I’m tired of shit head kids and adults dominating this world.
1. I’m tired of sexual abuse to our children, our women, and yes, our men.
2. I’m tired of cruel words that defame and degrade people for their look, sexuality, race, or lifestyle choices.
3. I’m tired of second glances at mixed race couples, disabled adults, and unkempt children.
I’m tired of a world where evil is allowed to
dominate in the name of tolerance.
I’m ready for people to take a stand against sinful behavior that causes damage to others. I’m ready for those of us who believe God came to give us life more abundant to start telling others that life more abundant begins by living in the parameters set up for us.
My Lord & Savior came to shake things up.
He came to offer compassion and deliverance
but He also came to deliver judgement.
And I speak from experience. I was a nice kid but I wasn’t perfect. I wasn’t a bully but there were times when I was too big for my britches. I said things and had to pay for them. I still do. My words can be as cruel as if Satan himself is speaking through me.
And, just like any kid that gets caught in sin, I have had to deal with the consequences.
So, yes, it’s hard to see harsh punishment given to kids who bully an adult. Every excuse in the book could come out of our mouths. But what if that woman was your mom? What is that was your son? What if it was your niece?
And, I could go on and on about the actual bullies and why they feel the need, even at such a young age, to put someone down to make themselves feel better. I hate they feel that way. I want to love and encourage them more than the victim. But they have to learn. Consequences are part of life.
Let’s do unto others as we’d have them do unto us.