Sunday, December 21, 2008

Cyber Bullies

After the suicide of a 13-year-old girl
who was bullied by an adult neighbor,
it was discovered that it wasn't
actually illegal in some states so new
laws were passed in and people
are now being prosecuted for similar
activities.

There are some complaints already
surfacing that this violates free speech.

Ridiculous!

As is the dumb statement that that "kids
will be kids."

Yes, kids will be kids, but names can
not only hurt but kill and it is the job of
adults and society in general to bring
up children as responsible social beings,
not dismiss bullying and other bad
behaviors as just "kid stuff."

Yes, it is kid stuff, but kids are basically
wild animals and as parents have increasingly
left the rearing of children to TV, movies,
and greedy media moguls, almost daily we
see more and more signs of just how close
we are coming to real-life "Lord of the Flys."

As a long time reporter and member of
the only non government profession other
than ministers which is actually protected
by the Constitution, I am very protective of free
speech, but what freedom do you have if we
fail to civilize the next generation?

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