Here is a disturbing video of the new incivility in this country that I firmly believe that results when a certain segment of our population (read "Republicans") think it is all right to disrespect our president. When the president's State of the Union speech is disrupted by a member of Congress yelling "You lie!" and his Rose Garden address interrupted by a member of the press rudely asking questions, this is the result.
Four teenage boys, seventh graders viciously taunt and bully their school bus monitor, an older lady named Karen. Oh sure, I know some will say "This is what teenage boys do." Uh huh. This teenage boy would NEVER do something like this. Know why? Because my brain doesn't think that way. I was raised differently that obviously these boys WERE NOT RAISED. I don't blame these snots as much (oh, I do put plenty of blame on them) as I do their parents.
Some say Karen should bring charges against the boys. Karen doesn't want to do that and I agree with her. I hear two of the boys "apologized" to Karen. Of course the cowardly snots did not make their apology to her face, bullies never do that because they are cowards. What do I think the appropriate punishment should be? Well, I wouldn't call it punishment but the least they could do is appear in public WITH THEIR PARENTS and apologize not only to Karen but to society for their cruel, inhumane and vicious actions.
I am so mad I can hardly type this blog. I truly believe this is the behavior that results when those in our society like out lawmakers show rude and unacceptable behavior, then impressionable kids think that is all right. IT ISN'T!
What is also unacceptable is the reaction of a so-called "expert" that I saw on TV yesterday. She said Karen should have confronted those boys. Well you know what "expert", people are different. I had the same situation several times when I worked at a hotel in Pennsylvania where some underage kids snuck in the hotel on New Year's Eve and were other guests by their loud and raucous behavior. I confronted the kid and asked him to "keep it down." He responded to me by telling me "Go f*ck yourself!" I told him "You're out of here!" He ran and hid in another room. I called the police and when they arrived I had him taken into custody and called his parents to pick his wise ass up. Case taken care of.
I was bullied a few times in my young life. The first time I took it (I was in first grade). The second time I swung back (7th grade). The third time I punched back (8th grade). The fourth time I went after my tormentor with a broom handle (my rifle was locked in a gun rack, and I would have used it if it wasn't). That was in basic training. Several times since those incidents in my lifetime I have encountered these cowardly bullies who have mistakenly misunderstood my gentle demeanor as a weakness and attempted to bully me. Every time I have thrown it right back in their face and they have ALWAYS backed down. I understand bullies will go as far as they can get away with it. I understand not everyone is like me who will fight back. Those are the people who we have to protect. Where was the bus driver while all this was going on?
It angers me so when I see bullying like this going on and accepted by some as funny and even worse, condoned by parents just like the Republican leadership was silent when the bullies in their own party disrespected president Obama.
This has to stop.
this website that a kind young man has set up for Karen to give her a vacation. All the money, every penny will go to Karen. This is a start.
By the way, this is the kind young man who started the website to give Karen the vacation of her lifetime. Hopefully she will take all the money that is raised and retire from being a bus monitor. And please Karen, don't give any of the money to these mean, vicious kids.
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