Victim 1, Bully 0

Common sense revolts against the machine in a post entitled:” If Tomorrow I Tell The Press That, Like, A Fat Kid Will Get Humiliated, Or A Nerd Will Be Slapped, Nobody Panics, Because It’s All “Part Of The Plan.” But When I Say That One Little Bully Will Get His Ankle Broken, Well Then Everyone Loses Their Minds!

Don’t miss the video, at Popehat, in case YouTube has taken it down. In it we see “fat” kid taunted and then slapped by a bully. Suddenly, the fat kid appears to snap, responding with force. The bully gets what was coming to him. I doubt he’ll be pushing people around anytime soon.

The video was posted on Facebook, where the response was overwhelmingly in support of the victim’s response. On the other hand, the “experts” expressed surprise at the support for victim’s self defense. Patrick, at Popehat, asks if we have all lost our minds.

We’ve built a society in which, under the doctrine of zero tolerance, seasoned experts and school administrators have lost all perspective: They have autistic children arrested for wearing a hoodie. Kids are prosecuted for denouncing scientologyGirls are strip-searched by the ibuprofen police. Boys are suspended for opening the door to help a lady whose hands are full. “Good students” and “nice children” are arrested for carrying nerf guns to class. If our schools are an asylum, the inmates are truly running it.

Check out some of those links. It’s a pretty embarrassing list of mis-deeds by teachers and administrators. Are we really that backwards that we are losing perspective?

Further, what does it say about our culture if we punish the victim for acting in self-defense? What does that say to bullies and the victims of abuse?

APROPOS: the stats on how often a teacher is dismissed for incompetance are less than staggering…

APROPOS II: Maybe we ought to give more consideration to making it easier to fire teachers. Good arguments exist for why it’ll be better for students, better for schools, and, yes, better for teachers, too.

(I’ll post this one under “Education Reform,” just because…)

via If Tomorrow I Tell The Press That, Like, A Fat Kid Will Get Humiliated, Or A Nerd Will Be Slapped, Nobody Panics, Because It’s All “Part Of The Plan.” But When I Say That One Little Bully Will Get His Ankle Broken, Well Then Everyone Loses Their Minds! | Popehat.

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2 responses to “Victim 1, Bully 0

  1. I have mixed feelings about this one. I’m glad the bullying victim defended himself, but when I watch the tape, I’m totally disturbed by how violent the outcome was. The bullying kid was an idiot. I hope he learned a lesson. But at the same time, do we say it’s okay to badly, physically hurt someone because they were making fun of us?

    • Britt I appreciate your thoughts. While I agree that when the police or other authority figure is dispensing justice, they ought to do so with appropriate level force, in this case, when the person is being attacked, I think self-defense like this is not inappropriate. It was unprovoked, and it was in response to a physical attack. According to the news reports, it was also part of a pattern of bullying against the fat kid.

      My personal experience? The bullies backed off when I hit them back. One, the one i took out with a swing into his nards, became a close friend later. Responding with force is appropriate to defending ones self.

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