We've all been exposed in real life to bullying -- either as an innocent bystander, perhaps even as a swept-up in the moment participant or sadly as a victim. Let's be real with ourselves, even if we can't be with others. We're more likely to have contributed at some point than to have rushed to someone's defense. That doesn't make us bad. It means we're all human and we're all vulnerable. Nobody wants to be on the outside looking in. There are pressures many times to join in or be ostracized ourselves. So we take the weak or cowardly way out. The course of least resistance.
Like sucking our thumbs or picking our noses, we generally outgrow these dirty habits. Some of them are learned naturally, others in school. They generally start when we're young and vulnerable. That's where they're most likely going to be corrected. Yet for many, the bad habits continue on to later in life when the damage can be even worse.
If we don't find ourselves early enough, if we don't develop the strength to stand up for justice, fairness and tolerance for others not as well off or popular, the future isn't pretty. Below is a video that's worth looking at.
Bullying - Catch it early or it'll catch us: The translation at the end says,
"A day of work doesn't have to be like this. Nor a day at school. Bullying is learned!"
Okay, I don't, for a minute think these three young girls came up with this all on their own. And it doesn't matter. What does is fewer than 3 in 10 graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are women. And barely 1 in 10 engineers are women. Why? Stereotyping? That's gotta stop. And this video is just the panacea.
Think of how much fun this must have been to build. Move over Rube Goldberg. Make way for Ruth Goldberg... and her friends.
Oh, well, things, no matter how well-intended, do sometimes go wrong. Playing with matches near a fire. Leaving a loaded rifle unattended in a middle school. Planting drugs on a young kid to show how drug sniffing dogs work. I mean after all, this is America and that last one did happen far away... way down in Brazil.
What? It DID happen in Brazil... but Brazil, Indiana? I guess that makes it part of the US, then. Oopsy.
Here's the story, tragic but true. According to the Brazil Times, the local newspaper, police were holding a demonstration on how drug sniffing K-9's assist in catching drug offenders. Before the demonstration, the police officer met with five kids, all 11 years old. The officer, for demonstration purposes, placed a small quantity of marijuana into one boy's sock. The purpose was for Max, the dog on the team, to identify which student was carrying.
And he did, alright. While unleashed and sniffing the kids, boys and girls, the dog became aggressive and that scared the kid with the stash in his sock. He twitched and Max attacked, biting the boy's ankle severely enough that he had to be transported by ambulance to the local hospital. Both the boy and Max are doing fine now.
Max has been relieved of duties pending his passing a rabies test. The young boy, name withheld, seems to be fine and proudly brandishes his stitches though minor surgery was required. He hopes Max won't have to be put down.
Now the cop on the other hand? Nothing. His actions which included leaving the dog untethered and unrestrained do challenge one to ask why? This dog is trained to be a deterrent. He's trained to be vicious. Knowing he was going to find drugs, shouldn't that have been a common sense warning. These are 11 year old kids. You're going to trust them to not move when approached by this animal?
Now here's the saddest part -- how stupid can the cops be to run a simulation test with kids and not expect them to react with some concern when a large dog growls and opens his mouth toward your leg -- especially when you know you have contraband on you?
Last week I reported on a shooting of a police officer's rifle (resulting in children's injuries) when he left his loaded and unattended at a middle school. This week it's a drug dog biting a kid who's used by the cops as bait.
Maybe it's time for the cops to stop visiting schools and hurting young students. Their job seems to be better served by patrolling problem neighborhoods. Less school demonstrations and more common sense. Fortunately the victim of this reckless police officer's demonstration will be fine. And hopefully his dog will too. But enough is enough.
Okay, how many times do the police have to be told not to leave their fully-loaded weapons where someone could get to them? Then ask yourself how irresponsible is it for them to leave those weapons unattended near kids -- at a school? Hello. anybody home?
An 11-year-old told KCAL-TV that police officers were playing four square with students about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday and handing out stickers when one student wandered over to a police motorcycle that had a gun latched to it.
The event was part of “Red Ribbon Week,” which is intended to promote awareness about illegal drug use.
Maybe it should have been about gun safety instead.
What is wrong with the negligent officers? More than you might think. Read on from Real Story.
Chino police said the weapon was initially identified in reports as a handgun, but officers confirmed the firearm was an AR-15 rifle.
Okay, stop there. The police don't know the difference between a handgun and an AR-15? That's reassuring. So, when they got to the bottom of that, these trusty officers revealed:
They said the gun was discharged but never removed from its locked mountain device.
Now I'm going to venture a guess and say that statement has a typo. I think they probably meant the AR-15 was in a locked mounted device. But either way, it obviously wasn't that well locked that an elementary school kid couldn't get it to go off, ultimately causing multiple student injuries and hospitalizations
And finally this. The brain trust of these police officers on the school visitation came to this conclusion.
Similar weapons have been removed from police motorcycles during the investigation.
Just during the investigation, mind you. My question is this: when they say similar weapons have been removed are they talking about rifles, or the the police officers who were reckless and allowed for this event to happen in the first place?
What is wrong with you haters? Don’t you know that schools, especially ones like the Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa Oklahoma have rules. It’s about time they’re enforced. It seems like there’s always one bad apple in the bunch who tries to take advantage of the system, violate the regulations, then make the community pay for their scofflaw attitude. It’s just not right. And Tulsa Channel 23, a Fox affiliate has the story.
The Brown Community School was just minding its business when one of the administrative staff noticed that a seven year old student, Tiana Parker was flagrantly flaunting the school’s rules. She knows better. She’s seven years old and has been at this school for a few years.
You’d never catch a school administrator breaking the rules:
“School’s policy against “faddish” hair — “such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks.”
For whatever reason, this disruptive straight-A student, Tiana Parker was just throwing the school handbook in their faces. She knowingly and intentionally broke the school's dress code. (You'd never catch a school administrator doing that). Not with inappropriate attire. She attempted to start a riot by breaking the hair-style rules. She clearly violated the institutions bylaws. Let's face it. She's a trouble maker.
We know for a fact that Tiana was fully aware of this rule because she wore dreadlocks last year and nothing happened to her. Her taunting stunt this year got her an immediate boot from the school. Good for Deborah Brown Community School. I wouldn't take any guff from some snotty-nosed, little seven year old punk kid. You've got to teach ‘em young if you’re ever going to get through to these rabble-rousers.
So what do you do when you get caught breaking the rules that are made for everyone but you? If you're a crybaby, you go to your daddy and get the press and make a big stink. And that’s exactly what these two hardened rule breakers did. Check it out:
How dare this little brat and her irresponsible hair-stylist dad unreasonably, intentionally, willfully try to embarrass a fine educational institution because they think the rules don’t apply to them. This just makes me so mad.
I say, when you allow fads into your school, the next thing you know, there are drugs, then gangs, followed by guns, and then who knows what – it could lead to the ruination of the city of Tulsa-- that starts with “T” which rhymes with “P” which stands for pool (You MUSIC MAN fans out there know what I mean.)
Join me in saying, “Bravo” to this school. They know instantly kicking a child out of class with no warning is how to build self-esteem and confident minds and sound bodies. It might be tough love, but rules are rules – and we all know that dreads are a gateway style, they’re a fad, and that’s BAD.
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