I was reading on the NPR News website (the source I always go to for news, understanding, and enlightenment) that the kids teasing her got suspended for one year. Aren’t there drug dealers, felons, and DUIs who do less time?
The lady teased has received well in excess of $600,000 from do-gooders around the country who want their conscience atoned for some dark secret they are hiding. What good is that going to do her?
I don’t know anything about the teens that did this, but a one year suspension from school! I’d say three whacks, three days, and three of something else for the sake consistency.
I also read where the lady refused an apology from the teens. Based upon that can those people who sent her money now get it back? Not to accept an apology is worse than the first act. They are immature kids. If she really wants to show who she is than accept the apology and graciously forgive them. Embrace them and be their ‘Grandma.’ What a powerful lesson that would be!
The only real lesson learned is that money is supposed to make all the hurt go away. This is like winning a frivolous lawsuit without going to court. Money fixes everything.
This whole bullying thing has gotten out of hand. It is a label not easily shaken. Once a person is branded or called a bully their life is over.
In the case of those adolescents what they did on that day for a few minutes will follow them for the rest of their lives. That is monstrous!
Most recently Mit Romney and George Zimmerman have been accused of being a bully. It has become the new name that can’t be shaken. Once a person is called a bully, racists, homophobe their credibility, reputation, and life is over.
This is reminiscent of the 50s when once a person was called a communist it was up to them to prove they weren’t. Or here are three words to consider; Salem, witch, dunking.
Perhaps this is too general, but for my part; when a person says another person is a racist, homophobe, or bully I call into question the accusers character, anyone who reports it I call into question their intent and fairness, and anyone who believes such is intellectually lazy.
So my project is that I’m going to find two over-privileged white kids and have them push me around a bit. I will make certain it is all recorded. Have it posted on YouTube. And watch the money roll in. Later. I’ll split the money with the two over-privileged white kids, depending on how good and convincing their performance is. Hey I could us my grandkids! That would be a good summer job for them. They can start their own reality show. They could become producers!