Innocence Lost: Bullying in the 21st Century

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“Understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self . . . without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit. . . .” (2 Timothy 3:1-2, 3, 4)

In an article recently published here and here, a 3rd-grade girl, merely 8 years old, was bullied to the extent that nearly everyone in her class allegedly got an opportunity to pull her hair. At least some of the supposed guilty parties pulled so hard that, according to doctors, some of her scalp was ripped open, leaving a gapping wound on her head where there most probably will never be hair growth again.

Are we proud?

What do we expect?

Where are the adults?

Unfortunately, this isn’t a rare case. Who can forget the Rebecca Sedwick instance, in which 2 girls (12 and 14 years old, though more were generally involved) bullied (may we say haunted?) Sedwick online until she felt suicide was the only escape? They’ve been charged with stalking. But Sedwick is dead.

What has our society done? Built bullies, who hide behind computer monitors and pick on the timid, probably because they’re so unloved and hurting themselves that they . . . well, let’s leave it alone.

Here are a couple of thoughts.

Parents

Get involved before it’s too late. Swooping in a day late while all the while you’re more concerned with your child’s so-called privacy than their safety won’t help. The absence of accountability as a person doesn’t excuse irresponsibility as a parent. Minors are their parent’s responsibility. If you can’t parent, then I recommend you don’t have children. If you do have children, though, it isn’t the school’s responsibility to teach your son or daughter how to be a gentleman or a lady. If you don’t know how to be either or those, learn, and then do society a favor and pass down what you learn to your children.

Young people

Be brave. Stop procrastinating and grow up. Imagine all of the productive time that’s been lost on this evil and nonsense? Don’t support it. Don’t encourage it. Become responsible for yourself. Stop following the trend. Lead. Lead people to good. Lead people to God. We all live with regrets. Don’t make bullying someone in elementary or middle school a regret that you live with the rest of your life. The way that you treat people matters. And you should treat everyone with respect.

Love

Love is the only answer for hate. And God is love (1 John 4:8). In my Christian opinion, where God and His Gospel of love is made a priority, these issues don’t occur.

Blessings,

Joe

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