This is in response to Ms. Kate Riley’s letter to the editor, “Louder than bullying,” in the Nov. 25 edition of The Press.
I agree with Ms. Riley. As Americans, we protect and speak up for younger, smaller, weaker people. Sometimes it seems as if there is nothing in the world except bullying. Our own parents with bad influences on them were our worst, most dangerous bullies. Sadly, I realize now, it was because they had been/were being severely bullied.
“Bullying” can be classified as “An unAmerican activity.” It seems to me that when the bullying occurs at school, the teachers could and should intervene and should be held responsible for such intervention.
There was a story on the Internet a few years ago about a father talking to his “bully” son. Each time his son insulted or bullied someone, his father made him drive a nail into a fence post. Each time the boy apologized to the insulted and/or bullied person, the boy could pull a nail out of the fence post; however, the father told the boy to notice that, although he had apologized to the person, the hole was still there.
The 30 Human Rights chartered in with the United Nations/UN in 1947 have been suppressed; however, the UN meant for these rights to be taught, immediately, in all schools, kindergarten through graduate school, throughout the Earth.
One of the Human Rights is that we have the right to feel secure in our person. Along these lines, I think that classes in etiquette should be taught in our schools. Then, if a stranger enters a group and does not properly introduce himself/herself or does another breach of etiquette and/or manners, the group would know they are in bad company and would expel the person from their group or walk away from him/her themselves.
Here is an excerpt from a catholic writing: “‘Justice’ is a virtue that calls us to render to persons what is their right. It is not a gift of charity and good works; it is a call and even a command from The Creator to a lifestyle. It is impossible for anyone to be … (American) and practice just behavior on a casual basis.”