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  •  indie- I don't argue with your argument (5+ / 0-)

    I argue with the terms. 'Bullying' puts this shit in the 1950's playground- and what is happening is way beyond that. I looked up the dictionary definition of bullying, and it doesn't even come close to the ongoing occurrences that drive people to thinking that suicide is better than living with what they have to deal with every day. A better term is needed, no, required, and should be incorporated into the everyday and legal language, so that it can be dealt with as it should be.

    Dan Savage's campaign will help immensely, but the verbal, mental, emotional assaults should stop too, or be prosecuted for assault.

    Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

    by postmodernista on Sun Oct 03, 2010 at 11:32:23 AM PDT

    •  Legal definition (5+ / 0-)

      from Iowa's Safe Schools Law:

      b. "Harassment" and "bullying" shall be construed to mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:
       (1) Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or property.
       (2) Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health.
       (3) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's academic performance.
       (4) Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

    •  The more accurate term was already taken (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      TiaRachel, postmodernista


      "The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." -- Flannery O'Connor

      by teachme2night on Sun Oct 03, 2010 at 09:22:41 PM PDT

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