Adult knowledge at young age can lead to bullying
As a former teacher, I read with anger and utter disgust the report on the incidents of bullying at Coatbridge High [Advertiser, November 1].
It cries out for a response, and raises some nagging questions regarding individual children and teenagers’ behaviour and discipline, or lack of it.
Children have become a protected species suffering from an overdose of freedom, which allows them to explore alcohol, drugs, and sexual activity – ironically, everything they should be protected from.
They possess adult knowledge at a young age, assisted by exposure to phones, computers, graphic content in computer games; such media exposure has a negative impact on health and social interaction. TV and cinema also promote violence and antiestablishment behaviour; this influence on children is all too often ignored.
Consequently, the gap between childhood and adulthood is extremely narrow today and is becoming increasingly flimsy.
Now to the case of a young student attending school with all good intentions, and in return attacked and bullied by a mindless ringleader, and little cronies and disciples who are big shots in a group, but one- to- one are usually cowards.
As usual, the innocent victim is forced out, giving the bullies the opportunity to celebrate another triumph and increase their sickening sense of power over the school community as a whole, opening the door for the gang to seek out a new victim.
Bullying is one of the lowest forms of anti-social behaviour, more prevalent than we imagine as many cases go unreported. One explanation is that children are brainwashed about “grassing somebody in” – a belief infectious amongst yobs who believe they have the right to bully a person and not be held accountable – spare us!
I take issue with the head teacher, who insists that bullying allegations are “taken seriously”. If this is the case, why are these horrible events ongoing to the extent that the victim is now depressed and suicidal; how bad does it have to get before someone does something about it?
Coatbridge MSP Fulton MacGregor is running true to form with inaction and passing the buck to school staff, who in my opinion have failed hands down in not only their duty of care, but totally lacking in their support to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment, as opposed to a breeding ground for bullying.
One can only echo the sentiments of many people in our community who would like to see an overdue return of the right of parents, teachers and police to discipline children in an appropriate manner – this could also include simple lessons in manners, respect, and values that many children lack.
The prognosis for any radical changes to a society where the kids are in charge and not the adults is very poor indeed.
Eric Queen, Airdrie