Within the last few weeks, we’ve seen incidents of bullying in school districts and college campuses all across the country.
A few weeks ago, a Rutgers University student jumped off the George Washington Bridge to his death when it was discovered that his sexual encounter with another male student was broadcast over the Internet to millions of viewers.
Another involves an Ohio high school that is dealing with 4 teenagers who’ve committed suicide within a 2 year span because of bullying. Read here!
Bullying is nothing new. The practice is something of a “right of passage”. However, in this day and age of the Internet, bullying has gone from physical to emotional. Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites have elevated bullying into a “cool thing to do”.
It also doesn’t help that you have politicians telling outright lies about certain types of people, encouraging bullying. One example is Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle.
During a campaign trip, Angle released a statement that told supporters, “the country needs to address a “militant terrorist situation” that has allowed Islamic religious law to take hold in some American cities.” She singled out Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas as examples. Both cities have large Arab and Muslim populations. Read more!
Some people will read her statement and think it’s ok to perpetrate these individuals. It’s not enough to go after school officials for bullying, politicians should also be called out for outrageous statements that encourages bad behavior. If we’re going to stop bullying, we need to hold people accountable for their irresponsible comments.
And that starts with politicians!