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What are your thoughts on this letter to the editor in PC about guns/bullying?


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Are we really addressing the real issue in our schools? The issue that encourages some students to commit suicide and others to take out their hatred by killing fellow students who have treated them poorly by harassing, tormenting and making fun of them — that is, bullying them. If the administrators and educators are not able to stop the bullying, the various forms of reaction by those being bullied will not stop.

Why was it that such bullying did not exist in schools to those of us who are over 60 or so to the extent that it exists today? Then, we called it “teasing,” but it has grown out of control since then. And some of those being bullied cannot live with the emotions that build up within them. The solution may be that our schools must stop the bullying by students if the suicides and felonies are to be stopped. And how can this be done?

We can outlaw all the undesirable guns, as they do in Chicago, even handguns, which wouldn’t bother me in the least, and there would still be the suicides, the shootings, the bombs, the knives, etc., etc. We’re straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel!

First, the students who are organizing to control guns could more effectively protest against the underlying problem of bullying, that many of them are undoubtedly guilty of, and encourage schools to deal harshly with the insidious results caused by bullies, which motivates the problem caused by bullets. If there were consequences to their bullying, perhaps it would be brought under control. A week not allowed in school for the first bullying incident, two weeks for the second incident, and expelled from school for the third incident (three strikes and you’re out) could provide effective control.

Words hurt, and even though we are allowed to express ourselves in any way we choose on most every subject that exists, we cannot yell “fire” in a theater. And bullying over a period of time comes close to yelling “fire.” Perhaps the best way to resolve this problem is for administrators and teachers to find a way to bring back the school environment that existed before the present-day administrators and teachers took over our schools.

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