Bullied like me

  • Article by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 13, 2012 - 10:23 AM

Documentary focuses on the torment faced by a handful of young students, including two who took their own lives.

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kjmartinnApr. 13, 12 9:09 AM

Bullies are not the only factor in a suicide. That being said, the parents who condone their child’s bullying others are operating under the belief that conflict and power are what bring about good in society by filtering out the weak. Later, after their businesses and careers fail, they become bitter and join the Tea Party to denigrate all cooperative societal actions on behalf of the common good. The assumption that life is about power and the good of the individual alone is the root of both aberrations. Stay tuned to this thread where the TP/Dobonites will explain how this movie is all part of a gay conspiracy.

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mnpls123Apr. 13, 12 5:32 PM

Bullies as children use words...bullies as adults use constituational ammendments.

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aliciamaryApr. 13, 12 7:49 PM

@ the first two posters.....I am sure you are just trying to get a rise out of people. Right to making it political....Sad you are serious. On another note, this seems as though it could be an interesting documentary.

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dear1402Apr. 13, 12 9:22 PM

I too agree with aliciamary, all though many parents and teachers see this issue of "boys being boys", they need to step up and remember when they were in school all those many years ago and see that many things have not changed over the years. Comeing from my own past being bullied and not getting any help but from my one friend that stuck up for me I dont truely think i would be here, we all need to start to put our feet down and take care of the people that are on day going to be taking care of us. Just like the video trailier says it only takes on person to change a bullied childs point of view to a better outcome.

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swmnguyApr. 13, 1210:40 PM

There really are those who oppose anti-bullying measures because they perceive them to be "pro-homosexual," or "collectivist," or "politically correct." It is not unreasonable to call those people out for what their behavior really is, which is pro-bullying. And it is difficult not to mention the rest of their political agenda as well.

Bullying should not be a political issue. It's a real and serious part of every kid's life, whether or not each kid is personally affected. I was bullied once in 2nd grade for a while. It ended when the kid challenged me to fight on the front steps after school. While he make a big show of taking off his coat, I punched him in the nose as hard as I could and ran off. End of bullying. The principal made us shake hands. That was about 1972, in rural MN. Then about 6 years later, I found myself engaged in peer-pressure horsing around, and realized I was joining in on bullying another kid; just to fit in myself. I had to take a long, hard look in the mirror on that one.

Bullying is a reflection on all of us. Maybe that's why some of us are so resistant to dealing with it honestly. For the same reasons some of us refuse to deal honestly with our kids regarding issues of sex, drugs, religion, and personal responsibility to and for ourselves and one another.

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gwbuddyApr. 14, 12 8:58 AM

You don't need to be a "Rocket Scientist" to see all the Bullying going on everywhere. Examples: Name Calling, Fault Finding, Put Downs, Stupid References, Advertising Figures, National and International Affairs, U.S. Politics, Sex Scandals, Workplace Politics, Education Politics, Governmental Politics, etc. I can remember thinking that some of this is really Stupid and Funny. Years ago, Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as the "Evil Empire" and called former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi the "Mad Dog Of The Middle East". Younger Folks see Adults doing all of this "Childish" bullying and they think that it's OK for them to do as well. Adults need to take responsibility for setting BAD roles models for children. As Funny, and Harmless, as Adult bullying might seem, it is just spreading the problem to younger generations.

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