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03:55 PM on 10/10/2010
bullying is bullying. I'm still damaged from the vietnamese gangsters that held me down and threatened to stab me when I was 13. Im still afraid to go to my local skanked out mega-mall; seriously [and im a straight white guy]
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Kiel
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03:49 PM on 10/10/2010
I bet that if they were killing their antagonizers, instead of themselves, there would be action to stop this. But ones right to exist is apparently limited by the dogma of the intolerant majorities of their community--if only there where laws making all citizens equal, protecting minority rights. I propose that gay youth incorporate, there by gaining personhood status.
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03:49 PM on 10/10/2010
far more teens commit suicide or suffer depression b/c of non gay bullying. If a kid is different in any way (skinny, fat, acne, not loud or obnoxious, respectfull, smart, disabled, sickly, etc) they get hammered for it. Schools should get serious w/brats and not tolerate their nonsense. Drop detentions and suspensions on em and then expell them. Many bullies are just garden variety brats, others have issues themselves. Setting these bullies straight isn't just good for their victims, it is good for the bullies as well to have their behavior corrected.Uncorrected bullies grow up to be repubs.
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Epiphany2b
Always waiting for the light to dawn
04:33 PM on 10/10/2010
Point made. They send girls home for having Midol in their purse, and expel little boys for having a toy gun or kissing a little girl on the cheek. Which is worse in the long run? I needs to more than expelling them, though, because then they can spend the day bullying the neighborhood old people.
03:47 PM on 10/10/2010
Confrontation doesn't work..
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MarciL
05:49 PM on 10/10/2010
I disagree. It worked for me. I was surrounded by a group of over a dozen girls threatening to beat me up and I got away unharmed.
CJ1
Love the Ignorant, hate the Ignorance
03:38 PM on 10/10/2010
Oops, and I mispelled "propaganda" twice--sorry!
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Love the Ignorant, hate the Ignorance
03:37 PM on 10/10/2010
Come on, try and say "telling kids not to beat up black people will feed into pro-African American propoganda!" Or, "the authorities at school standing up against rape are creating a mandatory PRO-WOMEN/GIRL'S PROPOGANDA! OMG!

Anyone who says they worry about "pro-gay propaganda," otherwise known as tolerance, is declaring themselves part of the problem, homophobic, and pro-gay suicide. Because if you are not part of the solution in this particular issue, you ARE part of the problem.
03:31 PM on 10/10/2010
Good we should take a stand against bullying to all groups and have a better suicide awareness program. To me when someone commits suicide suggests that we are doing a poor job in not listening, seeing the red flags, and caring as we should.
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BobSF94117
03:24 PM on 10/10/2010
Suicides by gay kids isn't up. REPORTING is up.
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emrogers
What could possibly go wrong?
04:25 PM on 10/10/2010
And you onow this because...
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BobSF94117
12:07 AM on 10/11/2010
I've paid attention to the issue for a long time, as opposed to going with the media hype of the moment.
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BobSF94117
03:20 PM on 10/10/2010
Pro-gay programs work.

Anti-gay programs do not work.

Follow the successful programs and replicate them.
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MatthewRobertson
I'm 26. I'm gay. I like film. I care about shit.
03:47 PM on 10/10/2010
As long as homosexuality is seen as a "sin" in the mainstream church....we will not see a major change, I can guarantee that. Anti-gay programs certainly do not work, but that doesn't stop religious institutions from promoting their dogma that this is a choice and that we are sinful, which in turn allows kids and adults alike to treat us with disdain, disgust, and hatred.
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Donna1224
03:20 PM on 10/10/2010
Schools are once again buckling from pressure from religious conservative groups just to dismiss bullying out of hand! This is becoming an epidemic, but the conservatives are so afraid that their children just might hear something about another lifestyle that is different from their own, and that they might be contaminated! These conservatives assume that if their kids never hear or see anything that is different, then it doesn't exist! If you don't accept differences....they will just go away! How pathetic!
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peegan
My mermaid returned to the sea.
03:00 PM on 10/10/2010
With children's lives on the line, the school districts should not bow to the pressure of the conservative forces. Since the behavior and attitude that leads to bullying usually starts in the home, these are probably not the people that should be dictating what should and should not be in the program. The only litmus test should be what has and hasn't worked in other schools. In shorter words, I would, politely, tell these people to stick it.
02:51 PM on 10/10/2010
Killing yourself for being harrassed about being gay only puts more pressure on other homosexuals.

If you kill yourself to get out then bullies who want gays gone will keep on and take on other targets.

Stand strong and be proud
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MetrointheWoods
02:57 PM on 10/10/2010
Honestly, that's probably the best answer to date. #33
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Kiel
Liberation Philosopher
03:56 PM on 10/10/2010
However well intentioned you are, you are so far off as to cause more harm. Guilting those who are suffering that much will only hurt them more. There are probably suicide prevention and intervention classes near you, or online, or in books that you SHOULD read.
02:45 PM on 10/10/2010
I am willing to bet if violence to administrators became the answer bullying victims started seeking, administrators would get the message and stop running schools like corrupt prisons.
02:43 PM on 10/10/2010
There will always be a bully in every school. The "different" student stands out and then becomes a target... It doesn't make it right, it is just the way it is!!!
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petman2001
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02:45 PM on 10/10/2010
Obviously stated by someone never on the receving end of a bully. Just because "it is just the way it is," does not mean we should not try to reduce it occurence!
02:51 PM on 10/10/2010
I never said we shouldn't try to reduce it and it is wrong to pick on other people... However the odds of stopping it are probably much worse then your chance of hitting the lotto!!!!
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Ryan81
02:56 PM on 10/10/2010
BS...do you have children?
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MetrointheWoods
02:59 PM on 10/10/2010
Come on! Republithugs don't have children....they spawn!
03:01 PM on 10/10/2010
You really think it BS that there will always be a bully and always a kid that is different getting picked on?!?!?!?!?!? Give every child a hug, bag of fuzzy sunshine and a puppy and there will be a kid picking on another one!
02:40 PM on 10/10/2010
My son was the victim twice, once for being white and second for daring to report it the school district segregated him to only being able to use the nurse's restroom and he could not go to any classes with a substitute in the room. This is how badly administrators don't want to have to do any real work to provide a safe and actual learning environment. They are only concerned with their salaries and bloated administrative staffs. It is a business and not about education and the business decision is to punish one kid than put resources into providing a quality product, the job they are supposed to do in the first place. And for some reason the state and federal government would not help us, no matter how many times we asked so we became refugees to another state in order to get an equal education. I suppose white flight is a form of self reliance the government does expect from some of its citizens.
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petman2001
expatriate
02:47 PM on 10/10/2010
Bullies come in all stripes and colors. It should be stamped out wherever it occurs!