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Is It Any Wonder Why Highschool Bullying Has Become An Epidemic?

Oh, how clearly I remember the highschool I attended. It was a rural highschool, located in a ‘not so well off’ financially-speaking, area in southern Ontario. Oh, and how the “rich kids” would be standing in the hallways every morning… in two groups, ready and waiting to intimidate us “poor kids” as we passed by them on our way to first class.

The jibes and sneers from these groups were all most of us could take at times… but we managed to make it through without even a sideways glance at any of the “rich kids”… knowing to that doing otherwise, may provoke the “rich kids” into physically harming any one of us… or God forbid, all of us!

Weird though now when I look back, those “rich kids” were only children of working class families …and us “poor kids,” well, we ranged anywhere from parents who were only recently re-employed (back then, we had had over 50,000 men out of work for several years, in southern Ontario!) to those whose parents were on welfare.

And! Back in those days, being poor meant we had cooties! It STILL turns my stomach just thinking about. I still remain among the many absent from highschool reunions… is it any wonder?!

Anyway, chatting on the telephone with my cousin… as we do so often…. we started discussing how sick our society has become over the many years. Then I made a comment something like; “Huh, is it any wonder why highschool bullying has become an epidemic?”

It was right after that, I decided to make this posting with links to several examples of online hate-mongering. Surprisingly enough, many of those examples have been removed from the internet by August 2014… but, others will appear over time, I’m sure.

So… if you’ve every truly wondered why highschool bullying has become an epidemic, be sure to check out the the most popular name in the news by doing a Google search, and see for yourself how “grown ups” talk about others. Hate-mongers love to hate others.

Is there REALLY any wonder that kids follow the examples laid out for them by adults?

Isn’t it unsubstantiated nastiness exactly what highschool bulling is all about?

Whatever happened to us simply stating that we don’t like a particular policy, say, instead of attacking a person for… say:

  • they wear glasses;
  • being of one gender or another; or say,
  • they have a dialect we’re not accustomed to hearing?

Isn’t it about time, we adults started to show kids by example, how NOT to bully?

And, wouldn’t that be the better way to address this issue?

You know… let’s stop the highschool style bullying right where it starts… with ADULTS!

Your comments below will be greatly appreciated…

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26 comments
Bodo Rautenkranz says October 6, 2012

In 1945 around ALFELD-LEINE in WW2 Germany a Hauptjungzugfuerer tried t0 bully us around and with a few friends on a signal we split up into smalll groups and marched back to CityHall where we disposed our group and we got congratulated officially having put down abuese. A bit later another Fuehrer started trouble and I went to deputy headmaster and asked to do something: Our Director who had a high Nazi Title did put down this bad attitude in the good old british No Nonsense Attitude. THERE was NO BULLYING! any longer. – – – 1945 when working in Hannover for the British Army Pioneer service Unit A sergeand reminded me that After WW1 The German Army was the first to make Bullying illegal. In Sep 1944 when we were shipped first class Train to DEVENTER NL for building defences without tools we marched through town singing ein Altes Weib wollte seissen gehen … we got applause and on the train back I told a NAZI off and we had our fun. Bullying does not work at all if ignored. Thie worked well for all of us since WW2 ! Bodo Rautenkranz

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    Trish says October 6, 2012

    My hat is off to you Bodo! Good stuff.

    Wouldn't that be nice to see bullying coming to a grinding-halt before the turn of the NEXT century. Think we humans can make that happen? That would be nice!

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Abella Cassiosn says June 28, 2012

Well stated Trish. Kudos!

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    Trish says June 30, 2012

    Thanks Abella!

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Rene Keller says June 24, 2012

Great post! I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumble upon every day.

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    Trish says June 24, 2012

    Thanks Rene!

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Randall says May 25, 2012

You sure tell it like it is Trish. Great article!

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    Trish says May 26, 2012

    Thanks Randall!

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Tiket Murah says May 17, 2012

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    Trish says May 18, 2012

    Thanks Tiket!

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Burrel Daleo says May 2, 2012

This post is amazing, and well stated!

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    Trish says May 8, 2012

    Thank you Burrel!

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Sandy Krimple says May 2, 2012

I am adding your site’s RSS to my e-mail and look forward to much more of your well stated content.

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    Trish says May 8, 2012

    Thanks Sandy!

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Carol says March 22, 2012

Wow, did you ever “hit the nail on the head” with this post! Well stated Trish. Keep up the great articles.

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    Trish says May 8, 2012

    Thanks Carol!

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Tammy Burri says February 8, 2012

Wonderful point Trish!

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    Trish says May 8, 2012

    Thanks Tammy!

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    Sander says May 16, 2012

    Wow, well said!

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      Trish says May 18, 2012

      Thanks Sander!

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    Cris Jousuln says May 18, 2012

    It’s just barely getting light out here this morning, and from what I can see, there are more rain clouds rolling our way so I may not get to walk in my garden this morning. Think hydro rates will ever level off? Sure hope so.

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      Trish says May 18, 2012

      That's a good question Cris.

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Muhpez says November 22, 2011

Same stuff going on over here too. Great post Trish! Love your rants.

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    Trish says May 8, 2012

    Thanks Muhpez!

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Mike Rudio says November 20, 2011

Couldn’t have said it better myself?

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    Trish says May 8, 2012

    Thanks Mike!

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