This Friday my nephew came home from Daycare upset because some kid is picking on him. Ive seen this kid when Ive picked my nephew up before. This angers me, mostly because I can relate. Throughout grade school and up to the 8th grade I was the kid who was picked on by everyone, I was the one who was beaten up, apparently because I was there. Every child wants to be accepted, I did, and my nephew does, but because they are smaller or sometimes just because, some kid decides to target them, and constantly harrassed. In the 1990's it took a terrible trend, name calling and bullying led to school shootings, and suicides, leaving us as a society to stick our head in the sand and ask why. It is a fact, most of the kids who went into schools armed for war in all the school shootings were the ones who were constantly picked on and ridiculed. Even the media is divided about the issue, one male commentator had it out with a female commentator about the situation when he suggested the bullies got what they deserved, a radical statement, her reply was just as bad though, when she said that school bullies have always been with us and we need to just accept them. Indeed school bullies have always been with us, but then again so have rapists and murderers, should we just accept them too? Another disturbing trend is the teachers care little or are powerless to do anything about. In a survey teachers admitted to knowing about it 90% of the time. Disturbingly they admitted doing something about 75% of the time. A survey done amongst children say teachers are only aware of less than 50% of the time, most feel the teachers are too afraid to do anything about it. The bully isnt and shouldnt be part of our society, and school houses should be made safe of them. It is difficult to learn in an environment where you are terrified, and often ridiculed. Im not going to get into the longterm psychological damage it does to a child for being bullied. I can look at myself in this regard, to this day I think back to my school bullies, and I hate them, its been over 10 years since I had to put up with a bully, and if I knew I could make one suffer now the way they made me suffer then, I would not hesitate to do it, in fact I think I would enjoy it, even delight in it. My personal rant aside what is it that we as a society can do to prevent bullying? Should the teachers be required to do more? Should kids have to put up with being bullied? Are the kids who shoot bullies justified? What are your thoughts on the topic of School Bullies? KK EDIT: Locking for now. We'll try again in a few days. KK EDIT 2: Let's try this again.