Should There Be Specific Anti Gay Bullying Policies in Schools

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Should There Be Specific Anti-Gay Bully Polices in Schools

First let’s be clear about definitions concerning this essay.

Bully: One who is habitually cruel to smaller or weaker people (The American Heritage Dictionary 2007). An aggressive person who intimidates or mistreats weaker people, (Encarta dictionary, 2012).

Bullying: The process of intimidating or mistreating somebody weaker or in a more vulnerable situation (Encarta dictionary, 2012).

Bullying for this paper: Any act of harassment, intimidation, whether physical, verbal or telecommunicated (cyber/text) that makes a person feel demeaned, belittled, fearful, or endangered. Since doing this research I find that each article defines bullying in a different way. I believe that we need to have a definitive explanation of what we consider bullying on the whole. Although every definition centers on the idea that someone is being mistreated in some way by another person.

Why is it surprising that we have children lashing out to the children that have bullied them today when this is what Americans have done since this country began? The Europeans came to this country and started to take over the land. The Native Americans very rarely killed one another, they simply counted coup. As the Europeans continued to move away from the east coast they decided that the way the Native Americans were living was barbaric and they needed to be civilized and Christianized. When the Native Americans refused to conform, the Europeans decided to force that change with tactics that taught the Native Americans to fight back. Sound familiar. People who lived in harmony with the land, and other peoples in the area now have to fight back simply to survive. Does this sound familiar to you, a child is harassed to conform to what another thinks is “normal” or suffers the consequences of being tormented until they can’t take…...

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