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23 September 2011 - 09:44 AM
04 September 2011 - 08:42 AMAs we approach the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, I thought we might discuss where we were and how things were for all of us before and on this date, where we are now and how things have changed, and where do we think we'll go and what changes are in store for us from here. Both a personal, U.S.A., or world perspective would make for interesting conversation.
25 September 2010 - 06:26 AMHere's a bright couple...
...ignorant on two counts!
02 May 2010 - 05:44 AMNot a paintball incident, but a good lesson for all of us as well...
...something like this happened in the woods behind my house when kids were playing paintball, airsoft, and "Ninja". I had to go out and wave at the police telling them it was a bunch of kids playing around.
I can understand the neighbor calling the police, and even the police response, but some of the citations are a little much. Shooting at wildlife (not the same as hunting) should not be excused, though.
29 March 2010 - 06:18 PMMore and more bullies getting taken to court...
...but something needs to be done before things get to this point.
If you're a young person being bullied, tell someone. Mom and Dad should be among your first options, but an uncle or aunt, older brother or sister, a teacher, the principal, a counselor, a close friend, etc., will do. It used to be kids couldn't do much about bullies, but times have changed, and most schools have strict rules about bullying, especially if it goes on at school and on school media. Law enforcement also recognizes many forms of bullying as harassment and in some cases, even stalking, so that is another option for dealing with bullies. If the bullying actually gets physical, it's assault. This is one of the few benefits of today's zero tolerance campaign at schools and in communities.
Victims are often afraid to tell someone for fear of further bullying or becoming further ostracized, but if you don't do something about it, it will only get worse. A lot of kids think their parents will do something uncool if they help, but what's worse than being treated like the dirt under someone else's feet? People bully because they resent their victim somehow, or to maintain their presumed position among their peers. The real power a bully has over their victim is that they expect their victim to remain silent...speak up, take action, and you might even help other victims of the same bully.