Â Â IÂ don’t remember being bullied in school and no one I know was ever “bullied” or was a “bullyer,” in the contemporary senses of those terms.Â Of course, in the interests of full disclosure, having attended parochial school, bullying wasn’t allowed since nunsÂ generally attended toÂ that duty.
I do recall, occasionally, teasing when I was the teaserÂ without intending the teasing to in any way connote threats orÂ intimidation and some dumb older kids sometimes asserting their age and sizeÂ by being overbearing.Â At least one of those dumbasses ended up in prison, another became a teacher.Â
Our version of “bullying”Â typicallyÂ involved vain pre- and post-adolescent efforts to gain attention from inattentive girls many of whom surreptitiously loved the attention but felt compelled to maintainÂ the requisiteÂ faÃ§ade of disinterest.Â Â Â
Both genders survived but times have changed.Â Â
Today, bullying is considered by the PC crowd as little short of character assassinationÂ or attempted murder–and young people are buying into that absurd hyperbole.
Okay, back in my day when we were circling the wagons and trying to survive Indian onslaughts,Â we had more things on our minds than Mary Jane and her persnickety uppitiness but, still, if Mary Jane had missed our subtle romantic overtures of hiding her hair ribbons, she wouldn’t have ended it all by leaping out of the stagecoach into some abyss.Â
As I said, times have changed.Â
Thanks to a super-charged mediaÂ obsessedÂ over bullying and its disturbed offshoot, cyber-bullying,Â the subject is front-page news.Â Compound that media-created awareness withÂ the availability ofÂ Facebook and Twitter and emails, some nasty kids are now able to taunt, harass, and threaten vulnerable kids more or less anonymously and often with impunity.
Add to that supercharged hysteria and unsocial mediaÂ school administrations that post strict anti-bullying guidelines which are largely unenforceable and, if enforced,Â are ridiculed,Â too manyÂ young people todayÂ now take seriously what was formerly ignored or dismissed as irrational,Â envious, and jealous ad hominemÂ rants by miscreants.Â
Regrettably, a relatively minuscule number of teensÂ and even pre-teens are unable to deal with theÂ stress createdÂ by those miscreants and resort to the ultimate solution for what is invariablyÂ a passing problem.Â
In actuality, teen suicide rates, with one notable exception,Â haven’t increased appreciably over the last few decades and are in line with the overall numbers of people who opt for that finalÂ answer chosenÂ by tens of thousands of Americans.Â
However, try toÂ explain those statsÂ toÂ someÂ fifteen year old girlÂ who has been nominated for Slut of the Year Â by a Facebook adversary intent on snatchingÂ her boyfriend or toÂ a fourteen year old boyÂ called a pimplyÂ queer for all the world to seeÂ on TwitterÂ and it’s a lost cause.Â
For a certain segment of young people, bullying has been catastrophic.Â Â Â
What is rarely noted concerning teenÂ bullying is the above-referenced exception and that the chief impetus of the phenomenon derives not from any grassroots demand for a remedyÂ but from the government of President Barack Obama.Â
More specifically but not exclusively, the man responsible for exaggerating the problem is the former Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education, Kevin Jennings.Â Â
Â Jennings, America’s unofficial “safe schools czar” until he was forced out of that post due to an uproar over his background and philosophy, never reallyÂ campaigned forÂ overall safety in our schools but ratherÂ sought unrestricted toleranceÂ toward homosexuality under the guise of Â generalized “safety.”Â
There is no place for any type of intolerance in schools but schools aren’t the places for endorsing andÂ promoting radical socialÂ agendas, either.Â
See “Kevin Jennings and ‘Safe Schools’ “Â (http://bit.ly/pcAMPH)Â for specifics on his background, including counseling a 16 year old boy on safety when engaging in homosexual relations withÂ an adult predator and equating slavery with the treatment of gays, his laudatory forewardÂ in Queering of American Education, his founding of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, GLSEN, etc.Â
See also the sorry Texas tale of Dakota Ary, a religious Christian boy who was punished byÂ Western Hills High SchoolÂ forÂ commenting to a friend during a class discussionÂ on homosexuality in Germany that â€œbeing a homosexual is wrong.â€Â His admittedly gay teacher, who invariably steers discussions to gay issues,Â became livid and hadÂ Dakota suspended.Â (http://fxn.ws/nPRTcI)
The question arises in that incident: Whom was being bullied?Â The gay teacher,Â Dakota Ary, neither, or both?Â Â Â
No suggestion is being made here that bullying has evolved into a serious problem only for homosexual youth, although most of the headlines focus on such tragedies as the suicide of Tyler Clementi a year ago.Â Phoebe Prince, 14, Alexis Pilkington, 16, Jessica Logan, 18, are just a few recent examples of heterosexual teenagers whoÂ took their own lives as a result of extreme bullying by their peers.Â
What is being asserted is that the issue has been exacerbated and distorted by people like Kevin Jennings–and by his boss, President Obama, head of the most gay-oriented administration in America’s history.Â Youngsters almost by definition tend to overreact and are virtual sponges of information, and misguided propagandistic information.Â
When any child–and teens are in fact still children not “young adults” as per modern nomenclature–suffer the pains of vicious bullying and hear and readÂ in the media that recourse to suicide is epidemic, they tend to react, often negatively.Â
WhenÂ confusedÂ teenagers–and confusion is frequently synonymous with that age group–are fed the unrelenting pap being pushed by Kevin Jennings GLSEN lobby they can be seduced by the distorted message of homosexuality and driven to suicidal extremes when they realize they have been duped.Â Â
When studentsÂ are forced to accept as normal and moralÂ behavior thatÂ many feel is abnormal and immoral, they are tempted to rebel and irresponsible bullying sometimes becomes their only outlet.Â Â
There isÂ no simple cure for bullying but ending the media hype and ending the causes would be excellent first steps in that direction.