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This isn't a made-up problem. We need prevention.
There are so many flaws in the article, it is hard to know where to begin. It first claims, probably rightly, that every student experiences bullying, but then devolves into an mishmash that stopping school bullying will solve or reduce the suicide problem? Really? Does this volunteer have actual medical credentials, or is she just a volunteer?........Some simple dilemmas for Karen's thesis--->adolescent suicide is a terrible thing, but the suicide rate is MUCH higher for adults in their early 20's and even higher for the elderly. Is that from bullying?
As for students, even the busiest school week has a student in school only 40 hours of a 168 hour week, and then there are summer and holiday breaks. The VAST majority kids' interactions are away from school, arent they? How about the 42% illegitimacy rate, and it is only going higher--are traditional families important? How about the tidal wave of kids on SSRI's and ADD stimulants-->can that impact impulsive decisions? The sad truth is suicide remains a poorly---very poorly---understood phenomenon despite activists trying to hype solutions in the absence of good science. This article adds nothing to the realities of suicide understanding or prevention.
If, according to liberals, the death penalty does not deter murder, why do they think any law would keep a child from bullying another child?
Thank you for a very sensitive article and rebuttal.
Take the article for what it's worth, but I simply do not understand the need for her and many other writers in the area of bullying to constantly bring in the Catholic Church. To be clear, the Church does, has, and always will proclaim exactly what she quoted as Christ's greatest commandment, to love our neighbor as ourselves. However, this does not mean that the Church should ever shirk away from its own principles - and stand against certain choices and behaviors. To be clear, while the Church does stand in stark contrast to many of today's mainstream issues, the Church will NEVER teach the right to hate, bully, or carry out any other deplorable action toward anyone. I will not say that those in the Church, whether a priest, a parent or friend has never used the Church's stance on a position as an excuse to bully someone or worse, but the teaching of the Church itself will ALWAYS be to love each individual no matter what and anyone who does otherwise is not acting on behalf of the Church. If this author's parents did so, then they too would out of line and I would respectfully urge her to clarify the difference between the actions of an individual and the actions of the Church.
Well, the dearth of postings here reflects this is a difficult topic for our society. The lack of comments might suggest editors could use a more critical standard when publishing columns aka--> this column is weak when it has a link to simple SAVE death statistics, but didnt link to its CDC claim that "bullying is part of the increase," rather it then encouraged "googling"--- when people know google returns selective search results.
This column also ignores the Great Recession impact as another media in town did a big "AHS expose" last year, which again had the finger being pointed at bullying, but the story soon revealed details of families in disarray from the 2008 recession-->a family went thru foreclosure, another victim switched to living with the other parent, etc. Again, common sense dictates that if "everyone experiences bullying," and completed suicides are still relatively rare, other factors must be at play. I believe Catholic leaders have been huge advocates of strong, traditional families. Maybe the leaders are on to something....this author ignores? And the irony of the gun column having 70+ reader comments to 4 reader comments here = America is unlikely to solve its suicide problem.
I think many of the mass slaughters committed with automatic weapons were done by mentally ill students and young adults who were bullied and were looking for ways of "getting even." Bullying and casual access and use of deadly weapons are related. By how much, I'm not sure, but I suspect it's a high number. Stop the bullying and I suspect you'll have fewer kids with mental health issues. There is a definite link between good mental health and being bullied.
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