bullies: the other predator
by jennifer kiley
posted this poster a few posts back but was inspired to reblog from songofthesirens – the bipolar journey down the rabbit hole. i wanted to make it even more central. reblog if you agree with this.
it’s good to see this being spread around. it is so meaningful. the message is of vital importance. did you see the video that went viral and was all over the news and talk shows on june 21st 2012. the woman in her 60s who is a bus moniter was being bullied by students on the bus. they were verbally as well as physically bullying her. fortunately, one of the students on the bus used his cell phone to get it on record. he, also, wanted to submit it to the show tosh 2.0 to be broadcast. it made youtube instead. it was so disturbing and even more disturbing that no one stood up to these bullies to come to the woman’s/grandmother’s defense.
the students will be disciplined. the father of one of the students said in an interview that when he was talking about this to his child he cried. he couldn’t believe that his son would do such a horrible thing. he was very disturbed by the whole thing. it will open up a discussion among parents and their children. that is at least one of the positive results from all of this.
also, some people started up a collection to send the grandmother on a vacation. they thought they would receive enough to send her someplace nice, well, as of last night’s (wednesday) news braodcast people had sent in over $130,000 dollars. that’s how effected people were to seeing this barbaric behavior.
since i wrote the above paragraphs the amount of the donations exceeded over $500,000 dollars and there are 28 days to go to make a donation. also, the students have made a public apology. when at least one of the students watched the video, they said that they couldn’t believe that they could have done such a horrible thing. the grandmother who was bullied is doing okay. she is not going to press any charges. she is leaving it to the school to discipline the students. she has done several interviews. disney wants to invite her to be their guest. airlines are offering free airfare. the grandmother is taking it pretty well and is even saying that they really are not bad kids. watch the video for yourself if you haven’t already seen it. judge for yourself.
if you have’t seen this footage, it is important to understand the kind of behavior that is being committed by the teenager of today. these teens are relentless in their bullying treatment of an adult. this is terrible and one incident of bullying. imagine being a gay teen having this kind of bullying harrassment occurring on a daily basis while in school or out of school or through the social media or through text messaging or any form of communication that you can think of. this is wrong on any level. there are too many teen suicides because of bullying. the students in this video may have apologized and are sorry and some are horrified to see their behavior. but the bullying doesn’t stop. the teen suicides continue to happen because their lives are made to feel like hell. the hopelessness of their feelings of being made to feel worthless. the pain feels like it will never stop. the bullying is endless and it never feels like it will ever stop.
how does this behavior of bullying ever seem acceptable? why is it acceptable to the bullies? don’t they realize how destructive their behavior is to the victim of their bullying? the words that bullies use. the physical abuse the victim must endure almost constantly. when you watch this video you get only a sampling of how persistant and continuous the bullying goes on.
it reminds me of the torture of the bull in a bull fighting ring. first the matador teases the bull with his red cape causing the bull to charge him. the matador wants to exhaust the bull and to make the bull angry so that he will charge him. but what does the matador have in store for the bull but pointed sticks to push into the bull’s body. this continues to the crowds cheering excitement. eventually, the sword comes out. it is time to finish off the bull. the bull must die after all the torture that he must endure first. this is fun for the crowd. thumbs down for the bull. he must be sacrificed to satisfy the mob mentality for blood.
it’s interesting that the word bully contains the letters for the word bull. the bull was just behaving like a bull. defending himself. he doesn’t know they want him to die. all along death is his fate. do bullies act the way they do so that the ultimate outcome will be achieved. that their victim will, after all the horrible tormenting, take their own life as a sacrifice to the bullies? it is afterall what they want symbolically, to be rid of the person who is different and makes them feel uncomfortable. they have this urge deep inside to torture their victims. why? what for? what compels them? have they no sensitivity to how their torture is making the other person feel inside?
is there a pleasure or sense of power or control bullies receive from such vile behavior? to see someone gradually deteriorate before their eyes. are they blind? can they not see cause and effect? are they not aware of the teen suicides? what do bullies think teen suicide is about? don’t they make the correlation between bullying and teen suicide?
are bullies sociopaths? do they need to be locked away from society? are we safe with them free to roam our schools? our playgrounds? cyberspace? what should be done to protect the innocent from bullies, the other predator?