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2014-03-21 09:17:39 PM  
8 votes:
weknowmemes.com
2014-03-21 05:26:59 PM  
4 votes:
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.
2014-03-21 05:06:43 PM  
4 votes:
Shouldn't have prevented it in the first place.
/not a brony.
//common sense person
2014-03-21 07:32:47 PM  
3 votes:
i25.photobucket.com
2014-03-21 06:20:42 PM  
3 votes:

Mid_mo_mad_man: He needs to learn that choices have repercussions. Sometimes being different leads to being mocked. Toughen up you crybaby


Oh, it's you.

Why is it that every post you make re-enforces the idea that you are a terrible human being? I mean, really. You're blaming a 9 year old child for not going along with the status quo, and then celebrating the fact that he's outright being punished because of the asinine actions of a bully and the shiatty parents and school system who think it'll "build his character".

 And given the way you talk, I'm less inclined to think you were the bully you like to portray yourself as, and more the passive-aggressive, whiny little pussy who found avoiding conflict and deflection/projection was a much more comfortable way to deal with life.
2014-03-21 05:42:45 PM  
3 votes:
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 05:20:26 PM  
3 votes:

blatz514: corq: So...Pony Thread?

[img4.wikia.nocookie.net image 200x200]

Um, no


I'm going with Pony Thread.
img.fark.net
2014-03-21 05:19:20 PM  
3 votes:
Glenn Beck is a Brony.

happynicetimepeople.com


I now feel officially sick.
2014-03-21 05:17:29 PM  
3 votes:

GanjSmokr: nekom: FirstNationalBastard: Well, that's going to lead to at least 20% more bullying.

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

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


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

Trust me he would still have plenty of opportunity in high school and college before entering the real world to find out just how much utter bastardry exists in the human heart, let him be a nerdy little kid for a few years.
2014-03-21 05:08:47 PM  
3 votes:

nekom: FirstNationalBastard: Well, that's going to lead to at least 20% more bullying.

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


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
GBB
2014-03-21 05:07:09 PM  
3 votes:
Bullies:
th258.photobucket.com
2014-03-21 05:06:03 PM  
3 votes:
God why is this even a big deal?
2014-03-21 04:32:23 PM  
3 votes:
So...Pony Thread?

img4.wikia.nocookie.net
2014-03-21 07:42:24 PM  
2 votes:
I was severely bullied for 6 years in school. That time for me was about one order of magnitude less horrible than Dawn Wiener's life in "Welcome to the Dollhouse".

Kids are assholes and the biggest assholes are assholes because their parents are big assholes too. I still remember staying late after school, 7th grade, for some extracurricular thing and one of my bullies came in with her mom, pointed me out, and the mom burst out laughing at me.

Not really sure what to do about it, but let the kid wear the backpack he wants. It's just My Little Pony for fark's sake. We're starting to live in a society where people don't have to be all masculine or all feminine, and it's the bullies that are going to ultimately have problems if they can't tolerate people coloring outside the lines.
2014-03-21 07:18:36 PM  
2 votes:

Mid_mo_mad_man: firefly212: Different:

Different:

Different:

Different:

Different:


More than 3 Million people in the US work in fast food, so this is normal:


When you tell your kids to be "normal" instead of outstanding or exceptional, this is the future you set them up with. All this "proud nail gets hammered flat" is utter bullshiat that the lower nails tell themselves to rationalize why they aren't doing better, it is an excuse and a poor rationalization, not a way of thought that leads to successful adulthood.

Teaching him to be different is not going to make him get ahead in life. Quite frankly the best way to deal with this would be uniforms. Everybody looking the same with no variety alliwed. Your there to learn not to be special.


Yay, no variety allowed! Seriously, you've confused beating kids down with helping them to succeed. If your idea of success is attaining the average, and nothing different... then you just go out and be the best burger-flipper you can be.  Some people weren't meant to fit in, and the world would be a much worse place if their parents and society had successfully beaten them into conformity.

img.fark.net
2014-03-21 06:54:40 PM  
2 votes:
Different:
img.fark.net
Different:
img.fark.net
Different:
img.fark.net
Different:
img.fark.net
Different:
img.fark.net

More than 3 Million people in the US work in fast food, so this is normal:
img.fark.net

When you tell your kids to be "normal" instead of outstanding or exceptional, this is the future you set them up with. All this "proud nail gets hammered flat" is utter bullshiat that the lower nails tell themselves to rationalize why they aren't doing better, it is an excuse and a poor rationalization, not a way of thought that leads to successful adulthood.
2014-03-21 06:14:35 PM  
2 votes:
I'm not a big fan of MLP, I'm more of a Bob's Burgers kinda guy... but wtf. If you can't even see someone with a MLP backpack/lunchbox/whatever without feeling compelled to hurt them or bully them, you need serious mental help. If your kids are at a point where they do shiat like that and harass the weak, you're failing as a parent, and you need to fricking talk to your kids now. In the real world, outside of school, you punch someone because you don't like their backpack, or you see a dude wearing a skirt, you're gonna go to farking jail. If you don't teach your kids that now, then they end up in jail. Aside from that, while this shiat makes the 9-11 year olds feel bad, by the time you get to high school, there's a very valuable lesson to teach your kids "Never fight a poof, they've been fighting their whole life, and you haven't."

As for the dickbags saying conformity is great and camouflage works, you farkers are the reason organizations like thetrevorproject.org are necessary. Teaching kids to lie, cover up, and be ashamed of who they are is profoundly farked up parenting. You have one farking important job, and that's to tell them that you love them no matter what they are, be they bronies, gay kids, nerds, or whatever. The second you convince them that the best course of action for them is to hide shiat, you're teaching them to hide it from you, and you've pretty much just given up on anything like parenting.
2014-03-21 05:42:37 PM  
2 votes:

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 05:41:35 PM  
2 votes:

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 05:37:25 PM  
2 votes:
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 05:36:14 PM  
2 votes:

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 05:28:51 PM  
2 votes:

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
2014-03-21 05:22:58 PM  
2 votes:

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.
2014-03-21 05:22:15 PM  
2 votes:

nekom: 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?


Wearing a MLP backpack to school is not the same as wearing a racist t-shirt in a black neighborhood.

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.
2014-03-22 09:57:14 AM  
1 votes:

Thunderpipes: And yet CA kids cannot wear a shirt with an American flag on it for the same reason?


California kids can wear American Flag T-shirts to school. Some students, at one school, were forbidden to wear specific shirts on a specific day for a specific, pre-planned, hostile purpose. There is no ban on flag shirts in California schools. You aklways lie when you post - stop lying.
2014-03-22 05:02:17 AM  
1 votes:

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Daedalus27: understanding of the experience that occurs in public schools.

And that is exactly what needs to change.  Bullying of any kind should not be tolerated under any circumstances, and we do a disservice to ourselves and our children by accepting the presumption that there is little to be done about it, and that we should 'work around it' in some way.  Hell, I went to private schools from K-12, and not only was the bullying worse than the public schools, but it was just as 'accepted' as the norm.  (made worse by the fact that in private schools, the bullies were rich enough to let their parents buy them out of trouble)

Outside of overtly racist or inflammatory themes, kids should be free to be themselves and express who they are without fear of being bullied.  Period.


I wish it would change. But you know and I know it is a slow process at best and this kid is not going to be educated in an environment with students who understand and accept his choices of personal expression.  As much as you would want it to, it isn't going to happen.  Now do you continue to advocate for this kid to be a square peg in a round hole, who probably will have a miserable experience that potentially scars him for life (or worse), or do you try and change his expectations and behavior a bit to minimize the likelihood of abuse.  Which is easier, changing society and human development over the past few hundred years of public and private education, or trying to reduce the harm to this one child?

I understand that people would want this child to be a flag bearer for anti-bullying.  There have been too many tragedies of marginalized children unable to cope with cruelty, hatred, and abuse (both psychological and physical). I just don't see that having this child who enjoys a non-traditional entertainment choice and wishes to publically display it when we know it will get him hurt, is the right move.  Do we need to wait for him to suffer so we can have a follow up story down the line in the hopes it is a catalyst for change?  So far numerous deaths due to bullying haven't caused a evolution and understanding in the treatment of this serious issue, perhaps one more dead kid will do it?
2014-03-22 12:32:03 AM  
1 votes:

fluffy2097: pxlboy: School and work are not the best places to express yourself.

Oh, don't dash their hopes about what corporate life is like.


Kid, I hate to dash your hopes, but a good job is a goddamn rarity. Don't shy away from the reality that you'll be working 'til twilight most nights, and even if you do find a place you can love and tolerate, it's never gonna be the next Apple. Jack in, turn on, tune out. Easy as pie.
2014-03-22 12:30:33 AM  
1 votes:

Boojum2k: doglover: Alabama and the Carolinas are the real shiat holes of the south

No, Mississippi and Louisiana are the real shiatholes of the South. Cant say for the Carolinas, but Alabama isn't all that bad, in a weird way.


I just hear about them in the news.

Nowhere in America is REALLY bad. Not even deepest, darkest Detroit. Sure, bad things will possibly happen to you there, but it's not like they're lining up the men folk against the wall and shooting them, raping the women, then shooting them, too while keeping the children as slaves.
2014-03-22 12:03:03 AM  
1 votes:
Wow.  Glenn farking Beck came down on the side of good?

images.sodahead.com
2014-03-21 11:59:48 PM  
1 votes:

Frank N Stein: Nah, they'll still treat him like a weirdo.


There's lots of weirdoes in schools, they generally outnumber the bullies. They just aren't violent psychopaths like a lot of the bullies. If the school does its job of keeping the violent bullies under control, he'll make plenty of friends.
2014-03-21 11:44:22 PM  
1 votes:
Thats farking hilarious! A school recommends agaist obvious behaviour that will get a kid bullied, and everyone spazzes out.

Thanks to these 11,000+ strangers, this poor kid will have to learn things the hard way.

For shame, you guys. Really.

Poor kid.
2014-03-21 11:12:02 PM  
1 votes:
Boojum2k:

maxheck: "The King In Yellow" is on gutenburg.org, just saying.

Grabbed mine free on Amazon for my Kindle.

If you want to go a little further back, Bram Stoker of Dracula fame wrote "The Lair of The White Worm," which was pretty creepy and atmospheric for a penny-a-word tale. There's a so-so adaptation of it under the same title. It needs more kites... why the hell are the kites looming? I do not know.
2014-03-21 11:11:16 PM  
1 votes:

pxlboy: School and work are not the best places to express yourself.


It's also never acceptable to physically abuse someone based solely on what they're wearing. That's even true in open warfare.

Just because kids will pick on each other doesn't mean you shouldn't punish the ones who act up in a manner that is criminally unacceptable.

The worst part is, it sounds like you need therapy. You were bullied so it's okay for other people to be bullied? That's stinkin' thinkin', sugarcube.
2014-03-21 11:04:24 PM  
1 votes:
and the only winners in this are Hasbro.
2014-03-21 10:39:02 PM  
1 votes:

Big_Doofus: Delawheredad: 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.

Bingo!  Someone actually gets it.

I have three kids, and I realize part of my responsibility as a parent is to try to help my kids NOT be targets.


A far bigger part of your responsibility as a parent is to help your kids learn to be themselves, even in --- no, ESPECIALLY in, the face of bullying.
2014-03-21 10:30:32 PM  
1 votes:

Delawheredad: 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!


You're wrong.  And it is that simple.
2014-03-21 10:13:41 PM  
1 votes:
Bronies are autistic
2014-03-21 08:45:16 PM  
1 votes:

big pig peaches:

There are different kinds of different. I'll bet Jeffrey Dahmer was different too.


Actually...

Dahmer himself recalled his early years of family life as being of "extreme tension" which he noted between his parents, whom he observed to be constantly arguing with each other. At school, he was observed to be both quiet and timid; one first grade teacher noted upon Dahmer's first grade report card that she observed him to be a reserved child whom she sensed to feel neglected.[11] Nonetheless, he was regarded as a "quiet kid" by many of his peers.

Which, as he aged, changed a bit to


From his freshman year at Revere High School, Dahmer was seen by his peers as an outcast with few friends. Many of Dahmer's classmates later recollected being disturbed by the fact that he was known to drink both beer and spirits, which he smuggled into school inside the lining of his army fatigue jacket....

Despite being regarded as a loner and an oddball amongst his peers at Revere High School, Dahmer nonetheless became something of a cult figure among some students due to the pranks he was known to regularly stage-some of which were done to amuse his classmates, others apparently to simply attract attention.[27] These pranks became known as "Doing a Dahmer" and included bleating, faking epileptic seizures, mocking invalids,[28] and knocking over items both at school and at local stores.[29]


So basically, Dahmer was a bully and a misfit. In retrospect, we could have spotted him as a future cereal (and serial) killer a mile away by his skeleton collection and being a total dick and alcoholic by 14.

Suffice it to say, he would not have had a backpack that stood out.
2014-03-21 08:13:45 PM  
1 votes:
Let the my little pony backpack in.  It isn't something dangerous like an American flag shirt on the fifth of May...

Seriously though, this isn't going to end well.  I am not saying there should be any consequence for displaying what you like, but this is going to attract attention both positive and negative whether you like it or not.  Right now the kid is in elementary school where supervision is high and the bullying behavior tends to be lighter.  Soon, he will be in middle school where you have multiple teachers and time between classes where all sorts of bad things happen.  Empowerment is all well and good, but not everyone shares this particular viewpoint and encountering those who use the difference to cause psychological and physical harm isn't uncommon in school.  Teachers, parents, administrators, and law enforcement should do better to tackle this issue to create a safe environment, but relying on this to occur can set the child up for future damage by people who are engaging in wrongdoing.

Back in my younger days I was bullied for being a nerd growing up especially in middle school.  This bullying was both verbal and physical.  I tried to keep a low profile but that doesn't always work. I had a sprained ankle that was stomped by bullies (thankfully no further damage other than increased swelling and pain that kept me out for a week) and of course it couldn't be proven who did what when and nothing but a verbal warning by the school administration and no police involvement (boys being boys). Self-defense worked a bit better especially when I had a lock in the backpack to up my hitting power and caused the bullies to mostly move on to other targets.  I suffered penalties for fighting back due to zero tolerance but it was a price I had to pay as turning the other cheek only resulted in getting hit or spat on both sides. Eventually it subsided after I consistently resisted and I transferred to a different schools and the trouble didn't follow me. So I am not unfamiliar with bullying and the hardships it causes.

This bullying behavior was entirely wrong and shouldn't have occurred. There should have serious consequences for the bullies and they should have been charged with criminal assault on at least the occasion where they stomped my already injured foot.  The behavior didn't have consequences and this sadly isn't uncommon.  This poor kid is being set up to be treated horribly.  Maybe he learns to adapt and gets some protection, but he may not handle it and suffer horribly.  The fact is that anyone with an understanding of how cruel schools and kids can be and how this backpack is like a bullying bullseye doesn't make us insensitive or somehow enabling bullying by trying to protect him a little by arguing against his wearing it.

We don't live in an ideal world.  The nail that sticks out tends to get hammered.  Public schools and their students are hard enough to deal with without asking for problems. He can be an individual showing his love for ponies outside of school where the parents can help protect him. The child and his parents decisions simply defy an understanding of the experience that occurs in public schools.
2014-03-21 07:20:56 PM  
1 votes:

Strolpol: I came expecting a thread littered with adults attempting to justify the physical abuse of an elementary school child over liking a certain cartoon. I was not disappointed.


I may have undersold the amount of misanthropy on Fark. There certainly are a lot of bully-fellators in here, along with the usual crowd of idiot trolls.
2014-03-21 07:20:07 PM  
1 votes:

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.


Exactly. Not being allowed to carry your MLP backpack is pretty similar to the office that enforces a shirt/tie/slacks dress code.  Even my naked Bettie Page tie was off-limits.  Not a perfect analog, to be sure, but best to teach the child that under some circumstances, you're not permitted to create a distraction.  Parochial schools are a better on that count.

In real life, nobody tells you what backpack you can carry around

Nope.  But they can make ya wear some boring-ass shiat.  And possibly even a paper hat.

 - and if you pick one others find ridiculous, you can expect to suffer mockery.

Or in some cases, give you a very wide berth.

On the other hand, in real life, people who verbally harrass co-workers because they don't like their backpacks get fired,

Er, no.

 and people who beat other people because they don't like their backpacks go to jail.

Okay, can't much deny that.

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.

There's the bit that puzzles the snot outta me.  But...

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.

Normally I'd say your tin-foil hat needs another layer, but this would explain some nuisance I had in high school.  Without going into a full-blown CSB, it's at least mildly amazing that one can get a week's detention for slugging it out with the class druggie/discipline problem but earn a full 3 day suspension for similar tussle with the football team's star receiver - who was allowed to play football that week, where I was not allowed to march with the band  under the auspices of my being "more mature" and "should know better than to start fights."

In any case, I don't think it's a school administration's place to arbitrarily ban personal decor, unless they go whole-hog and create an actual dress code, or enforce school uniforms or the like.  Cherry-picking out one kid's backpack is just bullying at a different level.  Either make a regulation backpack available to all so that everyone has the same damn thing or STFU about it.

But I will say this, all rules for "personal expression" aside - the dumbass kids that wear their pants hanging halfway down to their knees should be sent home to fetch their parents and a pair of pants that actually fit so they can change their pants and have their parents smacked upside the head for letting the kid have them in the first place.

/Onions.  On my belt.  Deal with it.
2014-03-21 07:18:00 PM  
1 votes:
I came expecting a thread littered with adults attempting to justify the physical abuse of an elementary school child over liking a certain cartoon. I was not disappointed.

I'm glad the school got their heads out of their rear ends on the matter. Hopefully the media attention will keep the parents of the bullies more apt to keep their kids under control.
2014-03-21 06:59:52 PM  
1 votes:

hardinparamedic: So are you defending an author who defends and justifies Genocide because he doesn't like humanity?


I'm pretty sure Fark is 70% misanthropes by body weight.

/Some humans suck
//And they want everyone to believe everybody is like that so they don't feel so alone in their suckiness
2014-03-21 06:57:44 PM  
1 votes:

Old Man Winter: The real hero here is Glenn Beck.


Stopped clock rule.
2014-03-21 06:51:12 PM  
1 votes:

Mid_mo_mad_man: Expel the bullies? That's a little extreme


As I've suggested before:
1st strike: Detention, mandatory parental meeting. If parents seem shady or otherwise likely to have caused the bullying behavior, proceed directly to CPS.
2nd strike: Suspension, mandatory meeting with parents as above. Explain 3rd strike is buh-bye.
3rd strike: Expulsion.

If bully engages in physical violence with anyone, 2nd step should automatically include a referral to juvenile authorities and CPS. If the bully cannot be corrected, as so many claim, then the appropriate places for the bully are either juvenile detention or a mental health facility.

Also, all records on the bullies specific actions are not protected by privacy as they involve another child. Make it clear to bully's parents that the records can and will be forwarded to the victims parents for civil or criminal legal proceedings.
2014-03-21 06:33:53 PM  
1 votes:

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.


Bullies will  always find a reason to bully. There is no mitigation strategy.

Strike that: the real mitigation strategy is to expel the farking bullies.
2014-03-21 06:30:53 PM  
1 votes:

hardinparamedic: Allen262: Peace through Ponies!

Go read some of the conversion bureau stories. The celebration of genocide and general misanthropy of the authors towards humanity in general is enough to make you want to drink. Ignore the fact they would be happy to sacrifice their individuality in real life - not just a fan fiction but an actual fantasy insert/projection work.

There's a reason Chattoyance is one of the most hated members in the Brony fandom.


No. The Most Hated Brony is the ORIGINAL Brony, known as Christian Weston Chandler.

img.fark.net
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p23-_rWJ2Ag  (<-- Not Safe For Sanity)
2014-03-21 06:27:53 PM  
1 votes:

Big_Doofus: Yes, it is ultimately the fault of the bully, but this kids parents are doing him no favors by letting him wear that stupid farking backpack.


Just like if only you hadn't let your daughter go out wearing a skirt, she'd have never been raped.So really, you helped her tease her attacker.

Boys will be boys, right? Parents need to take more responsibility to prevent their children from being victims, after all.
2014-03-21 06:26:41 PM  
1 votes:

Crotchrocket Slim: 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.


Do you have kids? I'm going to take a wild guess and say no.  Yes, it is ultimately the fault of the bully, but this kids parents are doing him no favors by letting him wear that stupid farking backpack.
2014-03-21 06:25:04 PM  
1 votes:

Delawheredad: Conformity is an EXCELLENT defense plan!


Submit. Surrender.

macaulay.cuny.edu
2014-03-21 06:15:56 PM  
1 votes:
Crocrocket Slim

  i grew up in rural Pennsylvania. it was a hick town with virtually no minorities and virtually EVER white citizen was a racist redneck. I was teased in part because my grandmother who lived in the  same town)and Father h had thick Brooklyn accents. This town was so screwed up that when some local POISONED A BLIND TEACHER'S GUIDE DOG the rednecks thought it was utterly hilarious! We only lived there because of my father's job as soon as we graduated my entire family fled the town. NO ONE from my family lives there today. We were smart people in a land of morons and the brought out a LOT of resentment amongst the locals. I was mocked for, among other thing, READING BOOKS IN STUDY HALL! There is a reason that PA outside of Philly and Pittsburgh is know as as Pensyltucky!
2014-03-21 06:14:36 PM  
1 votes:

meat0918: hardinparamedic: Allen262: Peace through Ponies!

Go read some of the conversion bureau stories. The celebration of genocide and general misanthropy of the authors towards humanity in general is enough to make you want to drink. Ignore the fact they would be happy to sacrifice their individuality in real life - not just a fan fiction but an actual fantasy insert/projection work.

There's a reason Chattoyance is one of the most hated members in the Brony fandom.

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Yeah, the TVTrope entry on the series. It was so misanthropic that it inspired a number of people to write an almost thirty chapter reboot of it where humanity realizes what's going on and shows why humans are bastards.
2014-03-21 06:12:51 PM  
1 votes:

hardinparamedic: Allen262: Peace through Ponies!

Go read some of the conversion bureau stories. The celebration of genocide and general misanthropy of the authors towards humanity in general is enough to make you want to drink. Ignore the fact they would be happy to sacrifice their individuality in real life - not just a fan fiction but an actual fantasy insert/projection work.

There's a reason Chattoyance is one of the most hated members in the Brony fandom.


And if you really want to lose faith in humanity, find the TCB fic group/forum and read all the infighting and derp they fling at each other.
2014-03-21 06:12:20 PM  
1 votes:

Grand_Moff_Joseph: 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



FirstNationalBastard: 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.


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2014-03-21 06:07:28 PM  
1 votes:

Delawheredad: 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!


Sounds like you never picked up any social skills if people were that terrible to you all the way through high school on top of the dumb things you didn't deserve to be picked on for.
/was one of the brainy kids too
//learned to be myself and just put my best foot forward
///never hid that I was adding to my collection of TNG figures, though these days I wish someone other than Playmates had made them
2014-03-21 05:58:31 PM  
1 votes:

FirstNationalBastard: Perhaps he needs a rock.

[pinkie.ponychan.net image 576x324]


DAMN you guys move fast.
2014-03-21 05:53:24 PM  
1 votes:
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 05:53:23 PM  
1 votes:

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 05:49:58 PM  
1 votes:
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 05:48:09 PM  
1 votes:

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 05:44:12 PM  
1 votes:

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 05:39:55 PM  
1 votes:

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 05:39:22 PM  
1 votes:

meat0918: Why is this an issue?


Because a bunch of pin headed school administrators made it one.
2014-03-21 05:36:44 PM  
1 votes:

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 05:33:38 PM  
1 votes:
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 05:32:45 PM  
1 votes:

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 05:31:14 PM  
1 votes:

FirstNationalBastard: Perhaps he needs a rock.

[pinkie.ponychan.net image 576x324]


Glenn Beck has a rock.

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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 05:28:41 PM  
1 votes:

TV's Vinnie: Glenn Beck is a Brony.

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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.
2014-03-21 05:26:43 PM  
1 votes:
Pony thread on the main page?

This will end well.
2014-03-21 05:26:19 PM  
1 votes:

MadMattressMack: GanjSmokr: nekom: FirstNationalBastard: Well, that's going to lead to at least 20% more bullying.

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

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

I don't anyone said it was the kid's fault if that happens but you. In a perfect world everyone could do whatever they wanted without facing consequences even if the consequences aren't justified. But this isn't a perfect world.

/that's why there are bouncers at strip clubs


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.
2014-03-21 05:24:54 PM  
1 votes:

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.


So we should deny girls the right to go to shop class, or guys the right to go to dance class?
2014-03-21 05:18:34 PM  
1 votes:
This kid is nine years old. He didn't buy the backpack; his parents did. This means that when they were shopping and he saw it and asked for it, mommy and daddy could have done the following:

1) Buy the backpack (no explanation needed)
2) Not buy the backpack (again no explanation needed--"Because I said no")

//Whether we like it or not, our kids are going to be picked on.
//Teach your kids how not to bully (or make fun of) other kids (Jokes aren't the same as bullying...)
//Make they play together.
2014-03-21 05:18:16 PM  
1 votes:

nburghmatt: GanjSmokr: nekom: FirstNationalBastard: Well, that's going to lead to at least 20% more bullying.

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

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

after being raped does she go back to the same rapey neighborhood wearing the same rapey skirt?

that would make your comparison more valid.


Those kids were wrong to be hassling him in the first place, you have no valid point.
2014-03-21 05:16:02 PM  
1 votes:
The bag had rarity, twilight, and pinkie pie on it. Kids got bad taste in ponies.
2014-03-21 05:12:41 PM  
1 votes:
Perhaps he needs a rock.

pinkie.ponychan.net
2014-03-21 05:08:41 PM  
1 votes:
Why is this an issue?
2014-03-21 05:08:37 PM  
1 votes:
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