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How can we help to prevent bullying?

As a society that revels in TV series such as Honey Boo Boo, Jersey Shore and other "Reality" TV shows, how are we supposed to stop bullying within schools?

If we preach what to do or what not to do when confronted by bullying behaviors, but never follow through with consequences, how can we expect our students to continue to have faith in the faculty's true want to get rid of bullying.

How can we expect our children to stop bullying if we, as grown ups, are watching these shows.... making fun of the people on them, judging them, calling them names?

How can we change the structure of learning to help increase education, not only in the academic sense, but also in the sense of what it means to be a human being?

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  • Mar 17 2013: Don,
    Justice is not "always" a good thing.
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    Today, I got my hair cut.
    The fellow in the chair ahead of me was a retired Los Angeles policeman.

    I was relating a story about the deplorable conditions in Watts (Los Angeles County)
    when I collected money at night from people to whom I had made small loans.

    Watts had a dismal atmosphere of a people filled with hate.
    Homes without grass lawns, unpaved streets, and streets with potholes never repaired,
    every car with dents on the sides.

    Inadequate or non-existent City and County, Fire, Police, and Sheriff Services.
    The county Banks "red-lined" Watts completely, and made no Business or Construction Loans.
    (A practice the Banks did then, and now is supposed to be against the law.)

    The County Politicians that were responsibility for Watts, never did a dimes worth of work there.
    Watts had a Deplorable School District, Dangerous to both Students and Teachers.
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    The retired policeman then related his story.
    He was there during the Watts riots.
    He told of taking down looters, and giving them to other officers who took them to jail.
    He said the place was full of hate.
    Men, women, and children burning, looting, and stealing anything they could carry.
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    We were both veterans of Watts.
    I was there during the earlier1960's. Making loans and collecting from delinquent borrowers.

    He from August 11 to 17, 1965, during the five-day Watts Riot that resulted in 34 deaths,
    1,032 injuries, 3,438 arrests, and and over $40 million in property damage.
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    I agree, as most minorities can attest, Justice does not exist in America.
    The American system of Justice is for the wealthy.
    Only those who can afford to defend themselves get Justice, the others get Jail.
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    Watts is still a black community.
    I am white.
    The retired policeman is white.
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      • Mar 17 2013: Gosh Don,
        You are right in your assessment of history.
        However, we have lost our ways of yore.

        There is no going back.
        And time marches on, leaving us, older than dirt, behind.
        If we only could, but we cannot.

        It is frustrating...

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