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  •  There Is Something Haywire In The Home Of Kids (1+ / 0-)
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    who are bullies.

    There is mental and/or physical abuse going on and the kids think it's normal and so they act out in the form of bullying outside of the home.

    This includes teasing, finding scapegoats within the family, belittling, lack of any support, lack of compassion, alcohol and drug problems, keeping up with the Joneses, extremes of wealth or poverty, self importance, animal cruelty, over competitiveness, etc.

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 06:23:52 PM PDT

    •  Hypothetically (0+ / 0-)

      (Hypothetically, as in I have zero proof that this is true and may not even believe it is true.)

      If a study showed that children with single parents were more likely to become bullies, what could be done about it?

    •  I saw behind the mask once (3+ / 0-)
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      jabney, Cassandra Waites, kerplunk

      My chief bully in eighth grade had it in for me because I was friends with his best friend, whom he wanted to himself. (The mutual friend knew all about this, and simply didn't care...he probably enjoyed knowing people were "fighting" over him, even though the fight was entirely one-way - I had no beef with him until he started making my life miserable.)

      Let's call him Brad. Okay, you got it out of me, his name was Brad. Even as he was harassing me constantly, calling me names you couldn't print in papers, telling anyone who would listen that I had given some girl herpes, and worse (and yes, it did get much worse), I was very much aware that he obviously had some pretty ugly issues to cope with at home. He never got involved in any extracurricular activities, never seemed to get out of the house on the weekends, and pretty much seemed to sit around the house all the time making prank phone calls - many of which, needless to say, were to me. Our aforementioned mutual friend could safely invite the both of us to outings with his family and the like, because he knew Brad would always say no anyway.

      One evening after dinner, he was out for a change, and I knew this because I ran into him. It was at a popular ice cream shop where I stopped to get a shake or something. He was there too, and when he saw me he set about taking spoonfuls of his soda and shooting them at me. His "guardian" was a girl who looked just a few years older than us, eighteen at the most, I'd say, and she just sat there adoringly tousling his hair while he was abusing me.

      Clearly a case of no parental involvement at all. Luckily for me, he ended up going to a different high school than I did. I never heard why.

      Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

      by RamblinDave on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 08:51:34 PM PDT

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