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2014-03-21 05:31:14 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Perhaps he needs a rock.

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Glenn Beck has a rock.

img.fark.net

Most kids make their own choices about what they're comfortable bringing to school, but part of being a kid is making mistakes. Mistakes like a 9-year old making a social faux pas are to be expected. Bullying is also wrong, but also in line with the sorts of mistake we expect grade school kids to make. The mistakes made by the school administrators... I was about to say that school administrators should know better than to be victim-blamers, and then I realized I was talking about school administrators here. I suppose that makes their mistakes also understandable, on account of the students - bullies and targets alike - are probably smarter than all the school administrators put together.

Good luck kids. Some of your colleagues are always going to be jerks, and this isn't going to change for the rest of your life, but you shouldn't let it get you down. It's the administrators - those who would prefer to eliminate the appearance of conflict rather than actually resolving the underlying issue - those are the people you've really gotta watch out for. (That's also not going to change for the rest of your life, and you shouldn't let that get you down either.)
 
2014-03-21 05:32:16 PM  
Stopping him from wearing it is stupid. But what I think is smart is explaining to the kid that people, especially children, are incredibly nasty. And that he WILL be bullied and picked on because asshole children will object to him wearing the backpack.
 
2014-03-21 05:32:35 PM  

real_headhoncho: TV's Vinnie: Glenn Beck is a Brony.

[happynicetimepeople.com image 555x405]


I now feel officially sick.

Here's the interview with Grayson Bruce. It was a good interview, and he focused on what was important: the bullying.
And no. Glenn is not a Brony. It admitted that twice in the interview.


People are confused at usually Beck doesn't do things publicly to make the world a better place unless it benefits him directly, but I'll say he's doing the right thing here. Wish he'd continue that...
 
2014-03-21 05:32:45 PM  

ph0rk: shamanwest: nekom: GanjSmokr:
Exactly.  If this kid gets beat up,  it's completely his fault for wearing that backpack.

/just like it was that girl's fault she got raped for wearing that short skirt

No, the crime is always the fault of the perpetrator.  That doesn't mean it isn't a stupid idea.  If I go to a predominantly black neighborhood wearing a racist t-shirt and I get my ass kicked, it's still assault but wouldn't you call me a farking idiot for doing that?

I'm going to do this in all caps because that was the most farking idiotic piece of shiat ball-licking jackassery I have ever read.

THERE IS A BIG farkING DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WEARING A SHIRT OR EMBLEM DESIGNED TO OFFEND OR HARASS A MINORITY GROUP AND HAVING A MOTHER farkING PONY BACKPACK.

Speech is speech, is it not?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non_sequitur_(logic)
 
2014-03-21 05:33:38 PM  
To me, having special rules for kids regarding issues like bullying os poor preparartion for life - I feel that as much as possible, kids should operate under rules similar to those they wil face and have to function under as adults.
Like real life.
In real life, nobody tells you what backpack you can carry around - and if you pick one others find ridiculous, you can expect to suffer mockery.
On the other hand, in real life, people who verbally harrass co-workers because they don't like their backpacks get fired, and people who beat other people because they don't like their backpacks go to jail.
What we do now is coddle the victim and overprotect them, and exercise absurd lenience toward the bullies, who are rarely held to anything resembling an adult standard of behavior.
It's a dirty little secret, but most of us who have been to school know that the school administrators  use bullies as a second line of enforcement - a way of cracking down on non-conformists who don't fall under their official rules.
 
2014-03-21 05:34:21 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: I still don't see how having this backpack makes him a target


Have you even met any children before? The majority of them are farking assholes. You would seriously be surprised if this kid was NOT a target?
 
2014-03-21 05:35:55 PM  

jso2897: To me, having special rules for kids regarding issues like bullying os poor preparartion for life - I feel that as much as possible, kids should operate under rules similar to those they wil face and have to function under as adults.
Like real life.
In real life, nobody tells you what backpack you can carry around - and if you pick one others find ridiculous, you can expect to suffer mockery.
On the other hand, in real life, people who verbally harrass co-workers because they don't like their backpacks get fired, and people who beat other people because they don't like their backpacks go to jail.
What we do now is coddle the victim and overprotect them, and exercise absurd lenience toward the bullies, who are rarely held to anything resembling an adult standard of behavior.
It's a dirty little secret, but most of us who have been to school know that the school administrators  use bullies as a second line of enforcement - a way of cracking down on non-conformists who don't fall under their official rules.


I knew there was a reason I had you favorited.  So much this.
 
2014-03-21 05:36:14 PM  

Dragonflew: Crotchrocket Slim: I still don't see how having this backpack makes him a target

Have you even met any children before? The majority of them are farking assholes. You would seriously be surprised if this kid was NOT a target?


I've met a lot of asshole kids with asshole parents and lots of sweetheart kids with decent parents. shiatty parents being unavoidable doesn't mean shiatty parenting is acceptable.
 
2014-03-21 05:36:44 PM  

jso2897: To me, having special rules for kids regarding issues like bullying os poor preparartion for life - I feel that as much as possible, kids should operate under rules similar to those they wil face and have to function under as adults.
Like real life.


Yeah, this is total BS. Adults don't tease and bully the way kids do; kids have ZERO empathy because they haven't developed it yet. All being bullied as a kid does for you is make future business for therapists.
 
2014-03-21 05:37:06 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: Dragonflew: Crotchrocket Slim: I still don't see how having this backpack makes him a target

Have you even met any children before? The majority of them are farking assholes. You would seriously be surprised if this kid was NOT a target?

I've met a lot of asshole kids with asshole parents and lots of sweetheart kids with decent parents. shiatty parents being unavoidable doesn't mean shiatty parenting is acceptable.


BTW I do computer tech support at a Childrens' Hospital and routinely hang out with my three nieces and their cousins.
 
2014-03-21 05:37:25 PM  
FTFA: "Thousands of people came to Grayson's defence, including pundit Glenn Beck and members of My Little Pony's prominent male fan community, known as Bronies."

I'm sicken to have to agree with Glenn Beck.

/Don't mind the Bronies
//Bronies have an odd hobby/lifestyle, but whatever makes you happy
 
2014-03-21 05:37:55 PM  

Pappas: Whoever tried to ban the backpack should be fired, along with any other faculty who supported it.

Anyone who thinks to solution to bullying is to make the victim change something about themselves doesn't need to be working around children. Period.


You couldn't be more wrong. There is nothing wrong with teaching him conformity. Be unique on your own time kid.
 
2014-03-21 05:39:05 PM  
The Stealth Hippopotamus:
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/edited version.


img.fark.net

/edited edited version
 
2014-03-21 05:39:22 PM  

meat0918: Why is this an issue?


Because a bunch of pin headed school administrators made it one.
 
2014-03-21 05:39:53 PM  
Flab:
The point is that the school should prevent bullying by going after the bullies, not by policing what kinds of backpacks are ok for 9 year old boys and girls.

I agree, and I don't think the school should.  I just think it's a bad idea.
 
2014-03-21 05:39:55 PM  

mbillips: jso2897: To me, having special rules for kids regarding issues like bullying os poor preparartion for life - I feel that as much as possible, kids should operate under rules similar to those they wil face and have to function under as adults.
Like real life.

Yeah, this is total BS. Adults don't tease and bully the way kids do; kids have ZERO empathy because they haven't developed it yet. All being bullied as a kid does for you is make future business for therapists.


I don't know, I used to work at an art school, quite a few adults without fully developed senses of empathy (we call them "sociopaths").

BTW most kids do know there is a line in the sand for ragging on a kid for having a dorky backpack vs sending the kid to the hospital.
 
2014-03-21 05:41:35 PM  

nekom: GanjSmokr:
Exactly.  If this kid gets beat up,  it's completely his fault for wearing that backpack.

/just like it was that girl's fault she got raped for wearing that short skirt

No, the crime is always the fault of the perpetrator.  That doesn't mean it isn't a stupid idea.  If I go to a predominantly black neighborhood wearing a racist t-shirt and I get my ass kicked, it's still assault but wouldn't you call me a farking idiot for doing that?


Yeah, it's exactly like that and nothing like young children in school where maybe setting a good example can teach kids that there's no reason to bully and harass a kid just for wearing a backpack you don't like.
 
2014-03-21 05:42:37 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: nekom: Crotchrocket Slim:
How is having a kids' show backpack at all comparable to inciting racial strife? This is a retarded stretch even for Fark, and I've made more than my fair share of retarded stretches of logic on Fark.

It isn't.  That's not the point.  The point is that even though bullying is wrong and shouldn't exist, in the real world it DOES.  Kids can be absolutely godawful and that's just a reality of life.  It's just a risk mitigation situation.

I still don't see how having this backpack makes him a target, unless there is a group of people whose identity or family has been oppressed by MLP fans.

There is no active antagonism that should result in a kid getting beat up like this- the bullies' parents are the failures here. They should have been taught better values since before they could speak or walk.

And we give the police asstons of taxpayer dollars to clean up those bad areas where women routinely get raped, that they aren't effective is a failure of the criminal justice system as well as for many cultural and economic ones. You're just excusing criminality; it being unavoidable isn't a reason to accept it.


I agree with you, and things like this make me sick. We have taken into our society this idea that if we are targeted for something, that reason = fault. Just because people target you for being black, a woman, a red-head, having an accident, your religion (or lack of it), your orientation/sexual ID, or what you like does not make it your fault that you were targeted. However, segments of our society seem focused on removing anything that might be a trigger, even when that trigger harms no one. As I rather rudely pointed out above, there is a big difference between being an MLP fan (since childhood, thank you) and wearing clothing or accessories that specifically targets groups for discrimination and harassment. It is not the kids fault if he gets bullied. There is no "he shouldn't have an MLP" backpack if he is bullied. It is the fault of the bully, the home situation that spawned that bully, and the school teachers and administrators who do nothing in response but try to pin it on the victim.

And this pinning it on the victim has to stop. If you want to have intelligent arguments about how to protect yourself when you know you are a targeted class or group, that is one thing. THAT is why we have self-defense classes, bouncers in nudie bars, and (sometimes) extra police patrols in some areas. That is not, however, saying that it is the fault of that targeted group if they are still attacked. Addressing a need for preparation does not equal admitting fault. And preparation does not equal stopping your activity when your activity harms no one (see difference between MLP and offensive stuff).
 
2014-03-21 05:42:45 PM  
For those interested, the 2014 MLP Census has been released.  Some quick tidbits:

- Males are down to 81% of the fandom, continuing a trend of more female Bronies
- Mean Brony age rose 8 months between 2013 and 2014 to 20.88 years
- Russia is now the #4 country of Brony residence, and US Bronies now make up only 58% of the Herd
- Utah has the most Bronies per capita in the US, Mississippi continues to trail the pack
- Median household income for Brony zip codes was $61,578, more than $10,000 over the national median
- 84% of Bronies identify as exclusively or mainly heterosexual
 
2014-03-21 05:43:35 PM  
Hopefully children everywhere learned an important lesson: if you cry enough to the media you will eventually get your way. Grats on being able to take your pony back pack to school kid, I'm sure you'll cherish these memories around junior year.
 
2014-03-21 05:44:12 PM  

shamanwest: It is the fault of the bully, the home situation that spawned that bully, and the school teachers and administrators who do nothing in response but try to pin it on the victim.


THIS x Infinity.
 
2014-03-21 05:44:24 PM  

Ned Stark: The bag had rarity, twilight, and pinkie pie on it. Kids got bad taste in ponies.


www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-03-21 05:45:04 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: Dragonflew: Crotchrocket Slim: I still don't see how having this backpack makes him a target

Have you even met any children before? The majority of them are farking assholes. You would seriously be surprised if this kid was NOT a target?

I've met a lot of asshole kids with asshole parents and lots of sweetheart kids with decent parents. shiatty parents being unavoidable doesn't mean shiatty parenting is acceptable.


No, shiatty parenting is not acceptable, I never argued that. But it exists. And nasty, evil children exist.

Again, do you really believe that this kid will not be a target if he wears a MLP backpack to school?
 
2014-03-21 05:45:22 PM  
img.pandawhale.com
 
2014-03-21 05:46:52 PM  

real_headhoncho: blatz514: corq: So...Pony Thread?

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Um, no

I'm going with Pony Thread.
[img.fark.net image 850x856]


Second hand ponying has awful consequences on those too young

boingboing.net
31.media.tumblr.com
4.bp.blogspot.com
The school was just thinking in the best interests of the child.
 
2014-03-21 05:47:46 PM  

shamanwest: So what you're saying is it's his fault if he gets bullied.

By your reasoning no one should own anything someone else doesn't have. I mean just because you have the right to your Ps4 doesn't mean buying it is a good idea. What if someone tries to steal it.


First, I never said it was his fault. it's not. I distinctly said it wasn't his.

Second, if I leave a PS4 in the backseat of my car at the mall I'd accept some responsibility for my window getting broken and it getting stolen. it's not my fault a person decided to steal it but I did contribute to the result by leaving something valuable in an insecure environment while in an area where it is statistically more likely to be taken. The same goes for if I left it sitting on a seat on a bus.

By your logic we shouldn't have locks on our doors because everyone is ethically sound and the few who aren't will be punished into being upstanding citizens anyway.

Chance favors the prepared mind.

Crotchrocket Slim: MadMattressMack: 
"People who have suffered racial prejudice are as able to control their actions when antagonized as small children" - if I misinterpret you please elaborate where, thanks


No. Children are far, far worse. But people who have suffered racial prejudice and are being antagonized are an example of being antagonized to the point of losing their self control and acting without inhibition.

The motivation is different with children (they don't know better), but the result is the same. I wouldn't have used that as an example, but it does work. I would have used the actions of parents when their child is in danger. If you don't have something in your life you'd lose your mind over and act like fool about then I feel sorry for you.
 
2014-03-21 05:48:09 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: For those interested, the 2014 MLP Census has been released.  Some quick tidbits:

- Males are down to 81% of the fandom, continuing a trend of more female Bronies
- Mean Brony age rose 8 months between 2013 and 2014 to 20.88 years
- Russia is now the #4 country of Brony residence, and US Bronies now make up only 58% of the Herd
- Utah has the most Bronies per capita in the US, Mississippi continues to trail the pack
- Median household income for Brony zip codes was $61,578, more than $10,000 over the national median
- 84% of Bronies identify as exclusively or mainly heterosexual


The herd census is an 87 page report with over 17,000 respondents (pdf:  http://www.herdcensus.com/2014%20STATE%20OF%20THE%20HERD%20REPORT.pdf  )
 
2014-03-21 05:48:17 PM  

Dragonflew: Crotchrocket Slim: Dragonflew: Crotchrocket Slim: I still don't see how having this backpack makes him a target

Have you even met any children before? The majority of them are farking assholes. You would seriously be surprised if this kid was NOT a target?

I've met a lot of asshole kids with asshole parents and lots of sweetheart kids with decent parents. shiatty parents being unavoidable doesn't mean shiatty parenting is acceptable.

No, shiatty parenting is not acceptable, I never argued that. But it exists. And nasty, evil children exist.

Again, do you really believe that this kid will not be a target if he wears a MLP backpack to school?


Kids find stupid reasons to target other kids no matter how many of the previous stupid reasons you eliminate, therefore not addressing the bullying itself but beating the individuality out of kids is not the answer. That's my point.
 
2014-03-21 05:48:23 PM  

ph0rk: shamanwest: nekom: GanjSmokr:
Exactly.  If this kid gets beat up,  it's completely his fault for wearing that backpack.

/just like it was that girl's fault she got raped for wearing that short skirt

No, the crime is always the fault of the perpetrator.  That doesn't mean it isn't a stupid idea.  If I go to a predominantly black neighborhood wearing a racist t-shirt and I get my ass kicked, it's still assault but wouldn't you call me a farking idiot for doing that?

I'm going to do this in all caps because that was the most farking idiotic piece of shiat ball-licking jackassery I have ever read.

THERE IS A BIG farkING DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WEARING A SHIRT OR EMBLEM DESIGNED TO OFFEND OR HARASS A MINORITY GROUP AND HAVING A MOTHER farkING PONY BACKPACK.

Speech is speech, is it not?


Protected classes, how do they work?
 
2014-03-21 05:49:13 PM  
I need to actually knuckle-down and watch the show one of these days.

/I have an excuse
//My kid is 2
///She farking loves the show
 
2014-03-21 05:49:58 PM  
Truly, this boy is screwed. First of all..the unfortunate name of "grayson" with the obvious changes that young kids will use to troll this boy. Second, yes, the admins were assholes, but...they were right. A young boy wearing a "my little pony" backpack is in for an ass kicking.
 
2014-03-21 05:50:05 PM  
Are there ANY sensible parents these days? yes bullying is a scourge we should battle. At the same time part of parental responsibility is teaching your kid how NOT to become a victim. Would I have let my kid wear that back pack to school? Not on your life! It is the SAME  as sending the kid to school with a  "KICK ME!" sign taped to his back! it may not be right but it IS a fact! The world sucks and is full of a holes, learning how to recognize and avoid them is something ALL parents should instill in their kids at the earliest possible age.
 
2014-03-21 05:50:21 PM  

baronbloodbath: TV's Vinnie: Glenn Beck is a Brony.

[happynicetimepeople.com image 555x405]


I now feel officially sick.

I feel like I just did mental gymnastics.  I don't know whether to welcome him into the Herd or violently kick him in the jimmies.

/This is what cognitive dissonance feels like!
//I guess he earns a tiny, wee speck of redemption
///For now


Glenn is a showman out to make a dollar where he can. Single twentysomething males (I.E. Bronies) have lots of disposable income. This kid is young enough that him liking ponies wont weird out Beck's 55+ core demographic, but sticking up for him will still net a little of the bring audience.

Its all business.

/conspiracy mode over.
 
2014-03-21 05:51:09 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: I really don't understand people so sociopathic to blame the victim, especially when the victim is a young kid.


There's a difference between blaming the victim and saying that if you know Y will likely happen if you do X, it may not be a horrible idea to not do X if you don't like Y, regardless of Y being fair or deserved.
 
2014-03-21 05:51:44 PM  

Starshines: nekom: GanjSmokr:
Exactly.  If this kid gets beat up,  it's completely his fault for wearing that backpack.

/just like it was that girl's fault she got raped for wearing that short skirt

No, the crime is always the fault of the perpetrator.  That doesn't mean it isn't a stupid idea.  If I go to a predominantly black neighborhood wearing a racist t-shirt and I get my ass kicked, it's still assault but wouldn't you call me a farking idiot for doing that?

Yeah, it's exactly like that and nothing like young children in school where maybe setting a good example can teach kids that there's no reason to bully and harass a kid just for wearing a backpack you don't like.


Yes. Just tell all the kids to be nice and not be a bully. That will fix everything.
 
2014-03-21 05:52:16 PM  

Joe USer: ph0rk: shamanwest: nekom: GanjSmokr:
Exactly.  If this kid gets beat up,  it's completely his fault for wearing that backpack.

/just like it was that girl's fault she got raped for wearing that short skirt

No, the crime is always the fault of the perpetrator.  That doesn't mean it isn't a stupid idea.  If I go to a predominantly black neighborhood wearing a racist t-shirt and I get my ass kicked, it's still assault but wouldn't you call me a farking idiot for doing that?

I'm going to do this in all caps because that was the most farking idiotic piece of shiat ball-licking jackassery I have ever read.

THERE IS A BIG farkING DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WEARING A SHIRT OR EMBLEM DESIGNED TO OFFEND OR HARASS A MINORITY GROUP AND HAVING A MOTHER farkING PONY BACKPACK.

Speech is speech, is it not?

Protected classes, how do they work?


And the rest of my post gets cut off....figures.

Pretend there was more information here about harassment, the civil rights act, some limits but not a blanket, forget it, I'm not re-typing it.
 
2014-03-21 05:53:02 PM  

MadMattressMack: No. Children are far, far worse. But people who have suffered racial prejudice and are being antagonized are an example of being antagonized to the point of losing their self control and acting without inhibition.

The motivation is different with children (they don't know better), but the result is the same. I wouldn't have used that as an example, but it does work. I would have used the actions of parents when their child is in danger. If you don't have something in your life you'd lose your mind over and act like fool about then I feel sorry for you.


I think a comment I made to someone else might come into play here:

Crotchrocket Slim: most kids do know there is a line in the sand for ragging on a kid for having a dorky backpack vs sending the kid to the hospital.


Sending a kid to the hospital isn't normal kids teasing kids which a lot of the utterly psycho people in this thread are arguing. This is bullying that is pretty much beyond the usual pale here. This is farked up sheet that no one deserves.
 
2014-03-21 05:53:23 PM  

Rhino_man: I need to actually knuckle-down and watch the show one of these days.

/I have an excuse
//My kid is 2
///She farking loves the show


It's actually not a bad show.
/my daughter is 7 and loves it too
 
2014-03-21 05:53:24 PM  
Hows S4 been? Im behind, i usually wait and watch shows after every season. Season finale is on April 19th according to my massive file of TV shows i have to watch...


Ill probably pick up a six pack of cider and marathon it on a day off.
 
2014-03-21 05:54:48 PM  

Noticeably F.A.T.: Crotchrocket Slim: I really don't understand people so sociopathic to blame the victim, especially when the victim is a young kid.

There's a difference between blaming the victim and saying that if you know Y will likely happen if you do X, it may not be a horrible idea to not do X if you don't like Y, regardless of Y being fair or deserved.


So... kids can think ahead of time like adults can? Notice how a lot of posters in this thread want to alter the bronie's actions and not the bullies'. This is blaming the victim here for being a victim.
 
2014-03-21 05:56:41 PM  

zulius: Shouldn't have prevented it in the first place.
/not a brony.
//common sense person


Yeah, I agree; in the last thread I even defended the school *asking* him not to wear it, but he should be *allowed* to (assuming everyone else gets to wear whatever backpack they want, of course).

nekom:Yeah, just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean it's a grand idea.

Yeah, some people have heard the phrase "blaming the victim" and think that it applies any time someone is encouraged to take any kind of measures to avoid or manipulate jackasses or make their jackassery more difficult or mitigate their damage, but that is not at all true.The kid is not *consenting* to being bullied bywearing his backpack. But it might be useful to him to skip it, for much the same reasons that I (sometimes) choose not to wear Your Rival Team clothing into the wrong bar.

... Might HAVE BEEN useful, rather: At this point he really might as well go for it, and maybe heunderstands that. I think trying to get him to leave it at home NOW is probably just a useless distraction.

/I still say the school should make this backpack mandatory for anyone who bullies him
 
2014-03-21 05:57:02 PM  

Dragonflew: Crotchrocket Slim: Dragonflew: Crotchrocket Slim: I still don't see how having this backpack makes him a target

Have you even met any children before? The majority of them are farking assholes. You would seriously be surprised if this kid was NOT a target?

I've met a lot of asshole kids with asshole parents and lots of sweetheart kids with decent parents. shiatty parents being unavoidable doesn't mean shiatty parenting is acceptable.

No, shiatty parenting is not acceptable, I never argued that. But it exists. And nasty, evil children exist.

Again, do you really believe that this kid will not be a target if he wears a MLP backpack to school?


Even the kid doesn't seem to think that, his quote in the click through article was "they took it too far" not "they bullied me", and gave some examples like throwing punches. Perhaps I'm reading too much into one sentence but it looks like he expected and fond acceptable some level of razzing.
 
2014-03-21 05:58:31 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Perhaps he needs a rock.

[pinkie.ponychan.net image 576x324]


DAMN you guys move fast.
 
2014-03-21 06:01:04 PM  

Cyno01: Hows S4 been? Im behind, i usually wait and watch shows after every season. Season finale is on April 19th according to my massive file of TV shows i have to watch...


Ill probably pick up a six pack of cider and marathon it on a day off.


Very good overall, though some of the episodes have been a bit flatter than others.  BUT, their have been some absolute gems too - like the Weird Al episode.  :D
 
2014-03-21 06:02:11 PM  
img.fark.net

Peace through Ponies!
 
2014-03-21 06:02:33 PM  
I was an incredibly dorky kid. I was ragged on and bullied for all twelve years of my schooling experience. When i received my diploma my class mates booed me! Some of the razing I deserved most of it  was  simply picking on the brainy odd kid. Even though school was hell to the point where i seriously considered suicide I made it a point to try and not be a victim as much as i could. My life was hellish enough to not add to it by wearing the "wrong" clothes or having the  "wrong" accessories. Conformity is an EXCELLENT defense plan! Camouflage WORKS!

  These parents are just making life harder for their kid in the  future. It IS that simple!
 
2014-03-21 06:03:40 PM  

Cyno01: Hows S4 been? Im behind, i usually wait and watch shows after every season. Season finale is on April 19th according to my massive file of TV shows i have to watch...


Ill probably pick up a six pack of cider and marathon it on a day off.


First half was great, ending with a Weird Al appearance. Second half slowed down a bit, included possibly the worst episode of the series, but has rebounded for the final episodes.
 
2014-03-21 06:03:50 PM  

K3rmy: Second hand ponying has awful consequences on those too young

The school was just thinking in the best interests of the child.


Geeze. I hope this doesn't awaken anything in me.
 
2014-03-21 06:04:32 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: MadMattressMack: 
I think a comment I made to someone else might come into play here:

Crotchrocket Slim: most kids do know there is a line in the sand for ragging on a kid for having a dorky backpack vs sending the kid to the hospital.

Sending a kid to the hospital isn't normal kids teasing kids which a lot of the utterly psycho people in this thread are arguing. This is bullying that is pretty much beyond the usual pale here. This is farked up sheet that no one deserves.


Let me reread the article. Nope. He wasn't in the hospital. He was banned from school. And I said the school was wrong. Maybe you're confusing threads? I'm talking about the actions of the school that banned him from wearing a back pack, not defending the actions of idiots who beat up people. I would never do that nor would I accept that as a solution to almost any situation. Just as I don't accept bullying. But not liking it and it being wrong doesn't mean it won't happen.

Also, beating a kid up to the point of hospitalization isn't bullying by any means. That's assault.
 
2014-03-21 06:04:41 PM  
Now we have a generation or two raised as precious little snowflakes and they're carrying right along. Maybe it'll die out one day. Just doesn't seem like a good Survival Trait to pass along. Just because you cry about other people or kids "Bullying" doesn't make it magically go away. When you're older you get to think more logically, kids don't and proper parents should help foster that. "You know Jimmy, if you wear that MLP backpack, you might get Teased a little!" (Christ someone's gonna kick his ass!) "But No, Mom, I wanna wear it!" "OK, Sweetie, whatever you want!" What else can I say?
 
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