She was a loner. Other students
ridiculed and made fun of her. Teachers knew this. Other students knew this.
Nothing changed year after year. At 18 she began talking to a boy in her
class. He was not very popular. He was not very bright. The other kids made
fun of him and had for most of his life. Teachers knew this. Other students
knew this. The two of them were not particularly attracted to each other,
but they shared a common bond. They were life long victims of bullies who
were protected by a system of do nothing if you dont have to that
seems to be the method of many schools. Before long another boy, a little
younger was added to the twosome. His story was the same. These three could
talk together because they were outcasts and knew the pain of being talked
will happen with young people, the conversion was dominated by the things
they liked and the things they disliked. There was little in common on the
first point, but much to share on the second. They talked about the
injustice of being a good person put down without anyone even getting to
know them. They discussed how it is not fair for certain people to always be
treated better than they were. Then they began to discuss how interesting it
would be if some of those other had to suffer the way they
These talks turned into fantasies of
being the instruments of the others downfall. They found themselves
together in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at their high school.
This class put them into a military frame of mind for finding solutions to
difficult problems. The war in Iraq was a daily topic in JROTC. While others
heard the stories as horrors faced by soldiers at the hands of terrorists,
these three heard the stories as how a vastly out numbered group of misfits
were able to get their message across in a system that otherwise ignored
them. Now the threesome began to mix reality with fantasy. Taking what they
were seeing on television and adding in what they were learning in military
science, they began to formulate concrete plans for overcoming the "evil
empire", other wise know as High School. By using explosives and
weapons they would take over the school. Then, there would be justice.
But they were caught and are now in
what the police found in multiple searches, there was no likelihood of this
plan coming to pass, at least for another two years. If they had been
playing one of the many popular fantasy games and making the same plans, all
would be well. A little strange perhaps, but OK. The problem is that when
anyone uses real places and real names with plans that could actually result
in death or injury to real people, it is a crime. They should be punished
and the public protected from them. But are they the victims or the perps?
One school official told a group of
reporters, "When we get word of students that might be talking about an
attack on a school, we take immediate action. There's just not any room to
think about how credible this might be. We have to act immediately."
But this leads to the question, what
action did the school take during the last 12 years to control the bullying
endured by these students? There are laws in every state requiring
schools to take positive action to eliminate bullying. Was anything
The state here has a special Anti-Terrorism Taskforce that was called in to
arrest, interview, search and control this situation. What would have been
the result if the state had a special Anti-Bullying Taskforce that had been
called in to control the school when teachers, administration and fellow
students failed to control the situation themselves? Where would these three
students be today if the administration had said, When we get word of
students being bullied, we take immediate action.
fellow student said, I know she was ridiculed and I feel bad. I want to
give her a hug and say to her I hope its not anything I did. The
question to this student is, What did you do? Probably most of the
students in this high school did nothing to any of these three students.
Neither did they do anything for them nor anything to stop the ones who were
being bullies. The stand-by-and-do-nothing crowd is by far the
largest segment of any school. Do they bear any of the blame? Where would
these three bullied teens be today if this remorseful student had given that
hug earlier in the year and said, I am here for you.
There is no attempt to justify the
actions of these three plotters. Jonesboro and Columbine have taught us
Students do not deserve to die at the
hands of others for any reason. But other students also do not deserve to
spend their school years in silent torture because others will not stand up
and stop bullying in its tracks. If all students, faculty and parents
learned to respect each other, bullying would have no place to grow.
If you are interested
in learning how to bring a character based program to your
school that will curb or eliminate bullying, contact Keys to Safer
Schools.com and ask about
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Programs to Combat Violence
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