Mom can only protect you so much, and then she has to train her boy into how to defend himself:
A Winnipeg mother has sent her bullied son to learn kick-boxing and given him a green light to “kick the snot out of” his alleged tormentor when school starts next month.
The mother, who asked not to be named, said a bully has been tormenting her son for years.
I’m just hoping it’s not this kickboxing that bored housewives take to feel “empowered” only to find out they’re still no match for a 200-plus-pound man. This story is a perfect example of a typical government-run institution. Kids don’t have rights quite like you and me–any typical assault in the real adult world invites the police under the smallest circumstances, but kids are subject to the discretion of their teachers and school administrators as to what is technically a crime. (Yet another argument against ObamaCare–imagine the medical equivalent of the DMV deciding if Grandma is a depletion of resources instead of…oh, I don’t know…a doctor or something.)
Bullies are easy to spot in any crowd, and they don’t really change all that much. The website By Parents For Parents tries to nail down an answer with elusive statistics. 40%, huh? Is there a “previous bully” checkbox you can enter in somewhere on the census? Basically it’s a mish-mash of analysis with no proper means of dealing with the situation. Remember Gramps telling you to grab the smallest kid and busting his nose open? Well, we can’t do that anymore because fighting solves nothing. No, really, they have socialized the most rudimentary survival skills out of kids now.
Even worse is the advice doled out by Keep Kids Healthy. (Fun quote from their page: “Some victims may actually bring on the bullying attack by teasing or provoking a bully.”) How could they help out the afore-mentioned mom? Talk with school officials? Well, after years of this she lost her patience. Meet with the bully’s parents? They were probably proud of the little thug. Walk away? And go where? Role playing? Leave it to a banner-laden site to dispense such drivel, and I wish I could say they’re alone. Worse, they would probably condemn the mother:
Parents often turn to enrolling their children in a martial arts class, and while this can be helpful to build his self-esteem and help him be more assertive, the aim of the classes should not be so that he can fight back.
Right, and a woman looking to confront her rapist should not resort to fighting back, either. Use a stern, calm voice and a lot of eye contact. I’d like front row seating at that thesis at a U of T symposium.
These “experts” never concern themselves with the psychology of the victim, just what he or she needs to do to deal with the bully. What we need is a new breed of confident, dynamic kid that isn’t prone to being dictated to by a government institution and assured that eventually help is on its way. You see, it’s no coincidence that kids come out of school acting like little obedient to the system drones. It sets them up for later in life for when they are surrending a third of their income to the state. How can schools possibly hate bullies? They’re like unpaid “community organizers.”
School is just a smaller extension of the kickboxing kid’s life. If Mom wants this kid to go onto college and avoid the bullying nature of the elite liberal intelligentsia, he’ll need to be armed with something more powerful than a few kicks. Give the kid Adam Smith, Montesquieu, Buckley, and Rush to read. Luckily, when the bullies in higher education have their half-witted ideas shot down and they resort to violence, the kid will remember everything he knew about bullies back in junior high.