Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I happen to be gay. I was bullied in school for being smart, small and nerdy. The bullies in those days if caught were punished and for me that ended the bullying. I also had a lot of nerdy friends and that inhibited the bullies as well.. One of those who bullied me apologized for it when we met 30 years later. The way to stop bullying is to deal with the bullies. They should be punished. Their parents need to be told their child is not an angel. Parents should teach their children that they should not stand by while others are bullied. This legislation is useless. It will continue to let bullies get away with the bullying while the politicians think they have done something. Mark Steyn is right. “Accepting?” One would regard the very name of this bill as an exquisite parody of the way statist strong-arming masquerades as limp-wristed passivity were it not for the fact that the province’s Catholic schools, reluctant to accept government-mandated GSAs, are proposing instead that they should be called “Respecting Differences” groups. Good grief, this is the best a bigoted theocrat can come up with? Bullying is as old as the schoolhouse. Dr Thomas Arnold, one of the great reforming headmasters of 19th century England, is captured in the most famous novel ever written about bullying, Tom Brown’s Schooldays in what, by all accounts, is an accurate summation of his approach to the matter: “‘You see, I do not know anything of the case officially, and if I take any notice of it at all, I must publicly expel the boy. I don’t wish to do that, for I think there is some good in him. There’s nothing for it but a good sound thrashing.’ He paused to shake hands with the master … ‘Remember,’ added the Doctor, emphasizing the words, ‘a good sound thrashing before the whole house.’ ” These days, a Thrashing Schools Act mandating Thrashing Out Differences groups across the province would be the biggest windfall for Chief Commissar Barbara Hall and her Ontario “Human Rights” Commission since the transsexual labiaplasty case went belly up. Teachers are not permitted, in any meaningful sense, to deal with the problem of bullying. And, when you can’t deal with a problem, the easiest option is to institutionalize it.