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So there's this new movie "Bully" out, a documentary all about bullying in modern schools.

The movie is a series of stories about the effects of bullying. It follows a kid in school, on the bus and includes a meeting with the parents and school. It also follows a girl who took her mother’s gun on the bus because she was so frustrated by the bullying, and the film spends time with parents whose children killed themselves from the incessant bullying they received by their peers.

Bullying is a very real problem, and I applaud the recent public spotlight it has received. But let's take a look around the United States.

No Knock Raids (or SWAT Teams Raids) are when a dozen ore more police officers in full gear and artillery break into the homes of unaware citizens without warning. At one time these raids were used sparingly and ONLY when it was determined there would be a high probability of violence, which is why they they go in a militarized fashion. It also required probable cause which the War on Drugs has watered down to a point of being nonexistent. Judges are signing off on these RAIDS on hearsay alone. (Over 70,000 a year.) Because of this, RAIDS are now used dozens of times every day across America for reasons that would astound most people. The highest portion of them are for non-violent crimes, generally drug offenses.


While the Bush administration treated whistleblowers unmercifully, the Obama administration has been far worse. It is actually prosecuting them, and doing so under the Espionage Act — one of the most serious charges that can be leveled against an American. The Espionage Act is an archaic World War I-era law meant to go after spies, not whistleblowers. Strangely, using it to target the media and sources is the brainchild of neo-conservative Gabriel Schoenfeld, who would have sources who disclose information to reporters, journalists who then write about it for newspapers, the newspapers that publish the information and the publisher itself all be held criminally liable.


MICHAEL GREENBERGER, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF LAW: But there’s another problem here, and that is some of these participants—and I’m not saying who they are, but I’m sure there are enough there doing this that they are adversely affecting the price—are actually not just swamping the markets with investments, but they’re working with each other to drive the price up. That is a criminal problem. That is called criminal manipulation of the price.


The United States is filled with bullies, many of them ensconced in the highest echelons of corporate and political power. If we wish to speak out against bullying, I'd like some voices to be raised in acknowledgment that it doesn't stop when you leave primary school.

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Submitted by Fran on

They go to universities(!), into the workplace, into the military, the police force. They become husbands, parents and neighbors who can be dangerous to those around them.

One of the most effective ways to stop them is for a third party to intervene, and for bystanders to refuse to let it go. If everyone turns away, the bullying behavior is normalized - it becomes accepted as the way things are.

I am glad it is being addressed in school situations, but it needs to go farther. What is known and learned about children, can be extended to adult bullies. In Europe, workplace bullying is a recognized problem and violation of the victim, but not so in this country.

In my case, it is a neighbor. I have learned from talking about it to people, that it is not so unusual. The police do not want to deal with it. The neighbors look away. Partly I think they do not want to stand up to the bully and become a target themselves. I do not feel in danger for my life, but it is definitely a stress on me.

Each time there are no consequences, it further emboldens the bullies. I think this applies at every level mentioned above.