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Letters to the Editor

Wrong message

May 21, 2012

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To the editor:

Bullying is defined as “a person who deliberately intimidates or is cruel to weaker people … an uncultured, aggressive, rude, noisy troublemaker.” In the case of Mitt Romney, a gang of bigger kids at a prep school assault a smaller, weaker student, surrounding him, taunting him, roughing him up then slamming him to the ground, holding him down while Mitt whacked off his hair to the jeers of the cowardly crowd.

Lawrence High School, in a similar act of “haircut” bullying, gave their bullies a few of days suspension! In its May 14 editorial, “Overreacting’” the Journal-World redefined bullying as “Harmless acts, easily repaired,” concluding we should “let the kids have a little fun.” I surmise in Lawrence, this type of bullying behavior is condoned. This, in itself, sends a cowardly message to the bullies it has been teaching, condoning their acts as almost inconsequential. Is bullying really just “good fun,” a matter of “youthful indiscretion” and “a harmless prank”? I doubt it was to any kid who ever has been a victim of bullies! Had this happened to a little girl, what would we call it then?

If Lawrence High wanted to send a message, it should hold a mandatory assembly, call the “bullies” up on the stage and publicly expel them from school in front of the student body, march them out onto the street and ban them from ever returning as consequences for unacceptable behavior. Is turnabout fair play? In this case, I would think yes.

Comments

Hoots 1 year, 11 months ago

Why does so much here alway boil down to Democrate vs. Republican? Funny thing is none of them give a RATS BUM about any of you unless you A) Own a huge corperation or B) Are rich and famous. Get a clue people. Unless you can fill their pockets with gold you don't exist.

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IrishRacer 1 year, 11 months ago

You are so very wrong in that statement. You realize that all the students who have their hair cut have agree to have it done. That is not the case in what Romeny did but here what our Seniors do is different. The suspension was overreacting, the Seniors have been pulling pranks for YEARS. It's what they do, everyone knows that, and to just now crack down on it and say no more is stupid and no one will listen. You option for what should be done is even worse and I would go as far as saying your option is beyond absurd, they shaved kids heads who AGREED to it previously. Maybe we should send Seniors after you to shave your head, you need it and then we will expel you.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 11 months ago

Obama first told of his early drug use in "Dreams from My Father". Obama said "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. That's where I'd been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man." Actually half black half gay man. Did the lame-stream liberal media cover this before the 2008 election? Nice try Mr. Bennett. If you wish to continue down this road I have a lot more dirt on the Obama.

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weiser 1 year, 11 months ago

He beat her up then he ate some dog. It was a banner day for the cool cat Prez .

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grammaddy 1 year, 11 months ago

I didn't realize the kids had been held down and gotten their haircuts by force. I thought all had agreed to the prank.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

Great example. This is important news because it is 'old'. From the 'deep' 60's.

Obama born in Kenya pamphlet is 'not important' because it is 'old'. From the 'deep' 90's. Acton & Dystel tried to "Bully" the poor helpless Obama claiming he was "born in Kenya".

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Brock Masters 1 year, 11 months ago

Good letter but you forgot another example. Barack Obama with a disdain for women in a fit of anger and rage pushes a young helpless black girl to the ground

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