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November 2, 2017 at 6:05 pm #1314
Imagine an eleven year old girl who attends public school every day, where she is supposed to learn, grow, and enjoy life. However, unbeknownst to many, within the school’s walls, the girl is forced to endure endless cycles of bullying that she refuses to tell her parents about due to embarrassment. Soon, the child begins to believe the world is better off without her, she is worth nothing, and she cannot handle anymore emotional turmoil. As a result, she decides to end it all and take her own life.
One problem our nation faces daily is that of bullying, not only in the Public School System, but also in homes and on the internet. Stopbullying.gov defines bullying, saying, “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance…Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.” Since justice is defined as doing what is morally right and giving others their due, and bullying hurts innocent children, then bullying is unjust.
When parents find out their child is subject to bullying in school, many claim it is only part of being a kid, and the child will simply “outgrow” it. However, often times, this is not the case and bullying leaves a lifelong imprint on the individual’s heart. Bullying may occur verbally, physically, socially, or emotionally, and each of these have different effects on children and teenagers, leading many to commit suicide. According to the CDC, suicide is the third leading cause of death in modern culture, and some studies have found half of this rate may be a result of bullying. Despite these assessments, bullying only continues to get worse.
In the end, bullying is unjust, and as a nation founded upon God, we must strive to end this unjust act and help those who have endured such torment.
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November 8, 2017 at 3:31 am #1337
In agreement with Kaydy’s argument, I would like to add that we must pursue justice by loving others which is what we owe, and it is unjust when people experience verbal and physical abuse because abusers owe them love. Concerning bullying, injustice also occurs when society encouraged bullied kids to fight back against bullies, leading the bullied to become the bully. “Become the bigger person,” is a well-known phrase that has been used to justify crude words and actions of “standing up” towards bullies. Society tells bullied kids that they are better than those who bully them. Many “encouragements” against bullying involve harshness against bullies, giving some bullied kids a self-righteous view that they are better than bullies and can put the bully “in his place.” This resembles the history of the oppressed rising and becoming oppressors themselves.
It is not up to sinners to punish other sinners according to their faults because we deserve the exact same punishment, and this applies to both sides of bullying. Thus, the world has answered injustice with injustice, and as Christians, we must pursue and display justice by growing in confidence in God not in ourselves and loving and seeking the best for others no matter what they do to us. We must genuinely care about every person, bullied or bully. Bullying should be strongly discouraged, particularly in the belief that one is greater than another; all are sinful and fall short of the glory of God. Thus, Christians must encourage others to live justly through selfless and sacrificial love, helping others become more like Christ.
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November 8, 2017 at 12:55 pm #1339
The key here might be to allow spanking in schools again. If every teacher just had a big switch right above the whiteboard, and the principle some of his own, then bullying would decline. In fact, if every school had a Mrs. Dunham on patrol and a Mr. Henderson in the office, bullying might cease to be such a problem.
November 10, 2017 at 3:28 pm #1361
There are bullies in life and there will always be bullies in life. Nothing we do will really end the problem it is just a part of human nature, and true we should do our best to stop such unjust actions. However, one can not run from bullies for all their lives and one day they will have to face them and if all we do is pamper our youth and make the shelters called “safe-spaces” then they will be a soft skin, spineless, and weak human being in all aspects. They will never have to build a mental or physical toughness that is necessary to face the real world. There will always be bullies, that is just a fact, And if you can not learn to stand for yourself or someone else then you will not contribute much to society, in fact, you will be a hindrance, as you will always need to be pampered and protected.
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