Monday, March 24, 2008

This is Ridiculous

A story in the Times focuses on a boy who has been repeatedly bullied for four years; others set him up to get beaten and it sounds like the school district and other parents DO nothing to stop it. Outrageous. It's no wonder some kids are pushed to the brink. It's heart breaking. I get angry just reading about it.

Confronting bullying/scapegoating needs to be a community-wide process. It's not professional or just to blame the victim. This particular boy has a learning disability and doesn't even see it coming. What's wrong with people? My grandfather Andrews used to say that "man is the cruelest animal on the planet...look what he's done to his own kind."

Healing the world starts with each person choosing the better choice; clearly this story points out how one community (and there are others, sadly) needs some guidance and backbone to make a change.

This Land

A Boy the Bullies Love to Beat Up, Repeatedly

Ángel Franco/The New York Times

Billy Wolfe, a target of bullies for years, at the school bus stop
near his home in Fayetteville, Ark. More Photos >