They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends´: Heartbreaking video of a boy pleading to be left alone by bullies is viewed 16MILLION times as* Daily Mail (UK), by Valerie Edwards
A heartbreaking video of a young boy pleading to be left alone by bullies has gone viral and celebrities are offering him their support.Keaton Jones, of Knoxville, Tennessee, asked his mother, Kimberly Jones, a question that so many people would like the answer too. ´Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What´s the point of it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them,´ Keaton asked his mother through tears. ´It´s not okay,´ he said. (Video/Photos) His mother then asked: ´What did they say to you?´ ´They make fun
In today´s society, people in the media basically bully people that they don´t deem to be beautiful or thin or Democrats. I just saw where some "comedian" named Chelsea made fun of Sarah Huckabee because she is not a slim woman who puts on heavy makeup every day. What she said about Sarah amounts to bullying. I feel sorry for the young man who is crying out for help. I hope he makes a difference.
Having been bullied from first grade through high school I feel for this kid. I asked the same questions. I wondered why kids in other classes or older kids took time out of their day just to say something mean.
I was lucky, I had a strong family at home and a core set of good friends. I got through it by pretending that I didn´t hear them.
That didn´t mean that I didn´t want to fall in a hole or disappear on many occasions. I would take stock of who was around knowing that maybe only a few hear it at a time. In an odd way I credit them for making me a kinder person.
I cannot imagine what a kid goes through today with the Internet. Saying "The whole school knows" is probably the case these days.
I think the real lesson is that NOT EVERY KID joined in. There were kind and compassionate kids back then as I´m sure there are now. It starts at home. Parents taught "The Golden Rule," and school´s reinforced it.
Take away the power of the teachers and principal to discipline and this is what you get. Kids are always testing what they can get away with. They know that schools and staf are scared of lawsuits. So they do stuff like this, that kids for generations have done --- only kids from previous generations knew that they´d get walloped in school - and in some cases, if they got walloped at school, there´d be another walloping waiting for them at home.
At twelve, I got fed up with this one bully harrasing me daily on the playground. For the last time, he came at me and I just lit into him with all I had, even though he outweighed me by forty pounds. Afterwards, I opened my eyes to see him running off. He hadn´t bothered me since. I learned that bullies are cowards. My advice to this poor kid is to haul off and smack the biggest one who taunts him. He might lose a tooth or two, but those bullies will learn he´s not an easy mark and bother someone else.
#4 is right. I had a sweet, quiet friend in the sixth grade who became the target of our school bully...until he started it in front of me one day. I literally beat the snot out of him (they took him to the doctor after) and when the principal and my teacher came into the class to "talk" to me about it, the other kids stood up for me.
They didn´t do anything themselves, but when I did, they let the principal,etc. know what a little creep the kid was, with details.
That was the end of his bullying because its hard for an eleven-year old boy to be a bully when a little girl beats him up.
That doesn´t seem to be happening so much anymore. Everyone is afraid his parents would sue. Very sad situation. Hope it works out for Keaton.
Kids must learn to stand up for themselves. I´m over 70 and am aghast at how kids are browbeaten by the system into being targets of these little miscreants. If this kid would step up and lay a smack down on his aggressor, or at least try to physically defend himself, he might find they would be leaving him alone. To HELL with the PC BeeEss infecting too much of Western Civilization...
#4- Excellent post. Would add that improper parenting as well as a sound religious foundation in today’s society of government entitlement households with single-parents and a me-first mentality are significant factors in the behavior of today’s children--thanks in good measure to the “counterculture” of the 1960s. “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” (Proverbs 13:24)
The only thing that stops a bully is getting beat up, preferrably in front of a bunch of witnesses so he his publicly embarrassed.
Look at "A Christmas Story" and what happened to Skut Farcas. This is absolutely the only solution, from personal experience. My family moved around a lot when I was a kid, and I liked it, but one thing was that "the new kid" was frequently tried on by the bullies, esp when small. Fat lip and bloody nose always fixed it and amazingly, the few little simple tips my father gave me about boxing worked well against kids who knew zip about it. I was friends with one of the former bullies until in my 20s when we lost touch. Kids are a lot like a wolf pack, always looking for a pecking order. You have to prove that you are not on the bottom.
Look at some actors and actresses, newspaper reporters and editors, they bully constantly if someone isn´t of their liking, it isn´t polite disagreement it is bullying, i.e. Sarah Sanders, Melania Trump, Sarah Palin many Republican people. The kids see it daily by adults, it happens in the workplace.
I was very poor and homely but I went to 12 years of parochial school and never got bullied. They taught love there for everyone. now my grandkids go to parochial school at much greater expense but they are safe there as well. I pity those stuck in the NYC public schools. No protection for them where cowardly progressives are in charge.
Agree with the above L-dotters, fighting back is the only way to stop a bully. They are indeed cowards.
Also have to admit, the nuns in my day cared for and protected all of the students. They understood human nature so much more keenly than educators today.
Schools now teach kids to "talk it out" and settle their differences. Works for a bit, then it is right back to obnoxious bulling behavior. Punching back is forbidden. This is the sad state of Liberal education in our taxpayer funded, government run, indoctrination centers.
My son was a redhead, tall and slim in High School. He had friends, but he had some sick tormentors. He kept it to himself till I found out. I told him If anyone starts anything, tear into him and don´t let up till someone pulls you off him. He was capable of messing someone up, he just didn´t want to. I said I love the man he is, but it won´t stop till he confronts the problem and when he does I will back him all the way, no matter how it goes.
The next day he squared off against the punk who of course was smaller than him, but with a big mouth. When the little sadist saw he might end up thrown against some lockers, he immediately claimed, he was just fooling around. Never bothered him after that.
My son graduated, moved to Boston worked his way up at a couple of jobs and now has a great job. His employers love his work ethic and he will marry his girlfriend this Spring. He hated High School, but understands it taught him a lot about some people, but more about himself.
One thing I notice is that most people have more in common than they think. We see this young guy telling his Mom about this horrible incident of bullying, and people from ALL walks of life come to his defense and offer him friendship. Most decent humans hate this kind of behavior. To see the outpouring of kindness to this beautiful child from such disparate kinds of people gives me hope.
Got bullied throughout grade school and high school. Quickly learned to fight back. Simply put, I knew the bullies weren´t my friends, and I did not care what they thought.
In fourth grade, some little Einstein thought it would be cute to pull a switchblade comb on me when the teacher was out of the room. He ended up on his back with my desk on top of him, and me on top of the desk with my hands around his throat before I realized it was a comb. His problems were only starting. The nun (this was a catholic school) in the sixth grade class room across the hallway saw the entire thing, and thought it was a switchblade. She came in and beat the snot out of him. Both our parents were called. He was suspended for three days, and not invited back the next year. Basically expelled.
Bullies had a tendency to get in my face. I would wait, and then shove my fist in their mouth. None of them ever tried twice. Never got in trouble. Teachers knew who were the trouble makers.
Doubt if it would work today. Schools suspend everyone.
Avoided most of the real thugs in high school. Most of my classes were advanced so did not have to contend with them. Bullies aren´t smart.
Worst time were classes where the teachers were lax on discipline, and the lunch room when no teachers were present. When the teachers were on the lookout for bullies, it did not happen.
The thing is, the schools know who the bullies are and rarely do anything to stop it because their hands are tied by a system that cares more bully and not about the person being bullied (kind of like the legal system in general). Bullies need to be removed from regular schools and put in alternative schools, and let them bully one another. That, or their parent must accompany their bully to their classes and discipline them when needed. Having parents miss work due to their children´s behavior would make it more likely that they´d actually punish their little angels instead of defending them. And the humiliation of being accompanied by their parent all day would be a worthwhile punishment. A few days of this, or however long it´s needed, would go a long way toward stopping the bullying.
I think adults are often complicit in the bullying. Some parents, mothers in particular, revert to being mean girls when they have kids. I also think that many parents tend to take an ostrich approach to what is happening in school. Many kids do not tell their parents they are being bullied. A boy once spit in my face after school and I didn´t tell my parents or anyone else. Parents need to tell their kids that they should tell them if anyone bullies or abuses them. They need to ask what is going on. Kids think it is their fault or that telling will make the situation worse. And teachers need to tell students bullying is wrong and will not be tolerated.
True story. In 1958 I was in 8th grade. Another 8th grader was picking on me. For the life of me I don´t know why. The principal, who was also out teacher saw it. Told the perp to get upstairs. The principal happened to be carrying a softball. He threw that ball as hard as he could, hitting the perp in the back. I never had another issue with him and actually never had one before. But he was a low IQ dipstick.
I have a number of friends who are police officers, although most are now retired. There is a certain class of thugs that cause a lot of trouble, and in the old days, the cops on the beat pretty soon knew who they were.
Occasionally, they had to convince an adult bully/troublemaker to cut it out. Generally worked for them, too.
Today, like in the schools, the bad are protected by the rules and the good guys will get punished if they take care of business.
#27, probably no father around, so common these days. Root cause in many family and social problems.
Thank goodness my father was there, and when I went to him for help, he taught me a few good boxing fundamentals in about 5 minutes and sent me on my way. Couple of days later, bully had a busted lip and a whole different attitude, and about 30 witnesses to his defeat. I think that kept other bullies in check, too. I wonder what ever happened to Mike Norton?
Thanks to my father, even though he spent a lot of time at sea in the Navy.
Kids learning bullying at home. But, it´s not just kids. We have a senior citizen in our town that is just mean and bullies every clerk in town. She has a terrible mouth and throws things at people who would lose their job if they react.
Excellent posts all. I, too was the target of bullies for several years in the 60´s. Then one fine day the pituitary fairy fluttered over my bed and I got big. Way bigger than any of them way faster. I beat up a few of them and the problems stopped, for the most part. There were sporadic problems with the little kids who had the backing of their big friends. They often do it in groups and egg each other on. Do not ever expect any help from the school administration. They get new bullies every year and after a few years they are cycled through. They genuinely dont care. That does not include the racial problems back then. I went to a couple schools where it was a crime to be white and punishment was frequent and painful. The teachers were no help because they didnt want to be the next targets. Mostly it ended when we discovered beer and girls, but the bitterness still remains. I hope every one of those sorry sob´s gets VD from their wives after long stays in prison, followed by beatdowns from skinheads. Then I want mean stuff to happen.
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