New Laws for Bullying Making Headlines

Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 12:18 PM

By Dr. Laura

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Massachusetts’ new state law requires schools to institute an anti-bullying curriculum to investigate acts of bullying and report the most serious cases to law enforcement officers.

This new law, passed in April, was a response to the suicide of a 15-year-old girl bullied by a group of So. Hadley, Mass., students.

We all remember bullying situations from our school years . . . however, that was up close and personal, as opposed to the Internet where public humiliation is the game and anonymity is the cloak of protection for this disgusting behavior.

Cruelty gets protected by abuse of First Amendment’s spirit of the law as parents and the ACLU often fight hard to protect the evildoers.

Interestingly, in a 1995 Canadian study, researchers used video cameras in a school playground and observed almost five bullying incidents/hour.

Typically, other children stood by and watched and did/said nothing to help.

My take is that schools are afraid to discipline bullying children because of one reason.

Parents who are negligent in their responsibilities to their children and society will SUE!

This instead of taking control of their kids and grounding them until they’re ready for Social Security!

In my day, if you misbehaved at school you were sent to the dreaded vice principal’s office. Punishment would include a severe talking to, extra assignments, time after school, refusal to allow you to participate in school activities. And get this:: NO PARENT every complained to protect their “baby.” In fact, the kids would expect to get more punishment at home.

Today? Parents are not married . . .  divorced . . . remarried . . . fighting with exes . . . shacking up with new honeys . . . whatever. Intact families with two parents whose emphasis is family and children is getting more and more rare.

Kids see the constant squabbling on TV news, between their parents, in the neighborhood, on radio, meanness on the Internet (does anybody post kind things anymore?)…and on and on.

Where exactly are children supposed to learn to be nice?

Policing is the last resort when there is no framework in a society for teaching and reinforcing decent behavior.

Our children have become arrogant because they are largely on their own without parental leadership, guidance, and attention.

The adults have abandoned their responsibilities to the next generations because of their determination to sacrifice nothing and fulfill every desire in spite of their obligations. I hear this every day on my program and it makes me sad.

Our country, just like our homes, is fragmented in anger. The price is paid through our children .

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