- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 21, 2010

OK, Dear Readers, the topic of the day is bullying, and for those of you who prefer to remain deficient in personal responsibility, feel free to flip the page or click the mouse right now.

Now, here goes.

Our poor little lambs have lost their way.

They have forgotten the golden rule. Heck, some of them may not even be aware of it — “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

It’s a moral maxim that needs to be repeated in the home because it is the foundation of any real solution to the intimidation problem among our youth.

We’ve all read or heard in recent months tragic stories about bullied victims, but our knee-jerk reactions aren’t moving in the right direction.

We’re mistakenly trying to legislate our way out of the problem by placing the onus for corrective actions on our schools.

Teaching right and wrong must begin at home.

True heartbreaking story: A Florida middle school girl sent a topless photo of herself to a boy; the photo made the rounds of her school, and the girl was taunted relentlessly. The girl found the resultant intimidation unbearable and hanged herself.

Now ask yourself a few questions.

Does the gender of the victim matter? What about her age? Where she lived? What about the fact that she was heterosexual? What about the age, gender and sexual orientation of the bullies?

What’s the point?

In the aftermath of that girl’s suicide a year ago and numerous stories about similar cases, we find our legislatures trying to legislate the problem away and gay organizations trying to label the problem as “hate crime.”

C’mon people. Let’s be real.

After being legislatively bullied into taking prayer out of schools, we are trying to legislate our way out of a failure of personal and familial responsibility.

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