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Second Thoughts About the Word Bullying

I was just commenting on an article related to bullying and a schools response to it in Colorado here is the summary and my response:
A 9-year old North Carolina boy was told by school officials to ditch his My Little Pony backpack on account of the backpack being a “distraction” and a “trigger for bullying.”
my comment:

most schools/school boards aren’t very good at dealing with this issue from what a lot of my friends who have kids tell me(I don’t). But honestly there’s just as many parents (and everyone in general) who have been “bullied” going to school as there are parents who also have been bullys at some point. Or at the least enablers. Especially if you go with today’s usage of the word. That doesn’t justify anything but its never mentioned. The way its spun sounds like its an issue with just this generation. I would like to see bullying stopped most ppl do. But at what point is the line crossed and starts getting out of hand?

WAYNE K. SPEAR

image T ODAY I LOOKED UP the word bullying in the English As It Is Actually Used Dictionary :

Bullying, vbl. n. [bʊlɪɪŋ]: A word that by 2014 was being used by some adults to describe what all the adults were doing to all the other adults, everywhere.

On any day in any news source, there are articles about adult bullying, as well as commentaries and anecdotes and calls to put an end to it, wherever it happens, which according to some people is everywhere.

Just before I began this article I checked the latest headline, and there it was, a story about a provincial politician quitting because Allison Redford, the Premier of Alberta, is a bully. Yet another article had a quote from a federal politician who says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a bully. My mock-favorite however is this: Michele Bachmann says gays are bullying the American people…

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