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  •  This wasn't bullying... (9+ / 0-)

    I've never agreed with the use of the term 'bullying' for anything but the occasional elementary school level asocial behavior that should be stomped upon.  It has become a catchall, a trivialization, a name given to behaviors committed by children that are far from childlike.  There's a point when it's not bullying it's:

    Assault
    Battery
    Blackmail
    Slander
    Libel
    Defamation
    Harassment
    Conspiracy

    The schools act in loco parentis... they have a rather large obligation to make sure that nobody has to go to school afraid of anything.  Any school that can't manage that needs to be closed.

    •  I disagree that bullying (5+ / 0-)

      is separate or lesser than those terms you listed. In fact many of those if not all are used to bully someone, and in this case, they bullied and hounded him into suicide. But they used those tactics to do so. And I think only focusing on those tactics ignores the underlying thing they were going for. The kids weren't trying to "assault" or "libel" him. They did that because it's how they accomplished bullying him.

      "I will never compromise on my commitment to equal rights for all LGBT Americans." - President Obama, 2/28/08

      by indiemcemopants on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 03:48:08 PM PDT

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      •  I think I understand... (6+ / 0-)

        If I read you correctly, the poor child was being bullied and to accomplish that the kids were using assault, battery, etc.  I think I can see your point of view: it's bullying and it's as serious as those other words.  If my kid were going through that I'd still use words such as 'assault' and 'battery' as well as 'bullying'.  I'd be trying (probably in vain) to convince the school that they'd be in a world of trouble...

        In any case, it's all so very wrong.  School shouldn't be 'survived'.  Nobody should have to go through what Seth went through or what his family went through.  Nobody should have to carry the scars for the rest of their lives and thirty years later still feel hot raging anger towards a bunch of thugs that made them miserable; thugs that probably went on with their lives completely oblivious to the wreckage they caused.

    •  Tipped for recognizing (5+ / 0-)

      the severity of the failure of the system, but yeah...it was still bullying in its many forms.

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