Bullying in the News

So far in this blog, we have been discussing how normal people experience rage and how to manage that valid rage more effectively.   In recent weeks, however, we have seen a number of violent attacks on made on people who had done nothing to provoke such behavior In fact, the reasons for the rage were all in the perpetrator’s head.

One happened in the parking lot after the first baseball game of the season at Dodger stadium in Los Angeles.  According to the new reports, victim Brian Stow was wearing Giants gear while his attackers were drunk and wearing Los Angeles Dodgers gear.  The man was so badly beaten that he may never fully recover.

The second was by an eight year old in Colorado who was attempting to attack his teacher and classmates who had fled his immediate area.  Police had been called to “talk the boy down” from his rages on two other occasions.  This time, however, their talking did not work.  They had to use pepper spray to stop the boy’s rage.   The mother of the eight year old went on television to say that she thought using pepper spray on an “unruly eight year old was too much”.

There was a time in the early 19th century, if families had a child who was mentally unstable, they would put him in the attic so he or she could not interact with society.  Today, however, we have a plethora of drugs for every kind of mental aberration known to man.  These people can be a part of society if they take the drugs.   What happens is, these drugs make those who take them feel like zombies and so they frequently do not take them. This was the case of Jared Lee Loughner in Tucson Arizona who also attacked people who had done nothing to provoke his onslaught.  You may remember he killed six people.

Today we live cheek by jowl. My question is what safeguards does society provide to protect us from these people?   Are they not a menace to all of us?

What would you do if you had an eight year old who exhibited violent rages?

What would you do if you were Jared Lee Loughner’s parents and knew he had serious psychological problems, perhaps brought on my drug use?

What would you do if you had a young son who loved his alcohol and became violent when drunk?

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Comments

  • Brooke Sawyer  On April 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Very timely post. You raise some great questions, to which I’m anxious to reply.

    What safeguards does society have in place to protect actions driven by rage or anger? My answer is self-accountability. It’s assumed by a certain age, an individual is presumed to have the wherewithal to discern the difference between right and wrong. Unfortunately, along with that, we set an unmeasurable standard and moving target. “Right” and “wrong” and “good” and “bad” are subjective, and sometimes, all we can do is hope that a majority of society will behave appropriately. Perhaps all we can do is our best to raise the standard by raising productive, healthy and respectful children. Here’s to hoping!

    Great post, Deanne.

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