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Can’t We Battle Bullying Without Politics?

If there’s one thing virtually everyone can agree on, it’s that bullying is bad.

In fact, a recent survey commissioned by Care.com, a caregiver referral company, revealed that bullying is the No. 1 concern of parents of school-aged children — even more so than the fear of kidnapping.

We’re all more aware of, and alarmed by, the social aggression, cruelty and violence that confront too many of our children and teens. And that’s no surprise. If you’ve ever watched a son or daughter struggle to cope with the inexplicably mean behavior of his or her peers, you know why this is such an emotionally charged issue.

In fact, in its most recent survey of American teens, the Josephson Institute of Ethics discovered that roughly 60 percent of the teens surveyed said they have been bullied at some point, while about 90 percent said they have bullied others.

To say bullying is rampant is an understatement.

You would think this is one issue that couldn’t possibly be injected with a political agenda — the safety of our children is a universal value of all parents. Alas, bullying is now a cornerstone of the gay rights agenda.

Thanks to the aggressive hijacking of the bullying crisis for political motives, the problem is only going to get worse.

Last week, students at Hartford High School in Hartford, Conn., made headlines by walking out of a theatrical performance called “Zanna, Don’t!” The performance was funded for presentation in the high school by Leadership Greater Hartford’s Quest program, in partnership with another nonprofit, True Colors.

The gay advocacy musical imagines a world in which heterosexuals are an oppressed minority and being straight is tantamount to social exclusion. By presenting an “opposite reality,” the play seeks to promote acceptance of LGBT students and thereby reduce bullying.

The students who walked out (media reports note they were mostly young men and largely members of the high school football team) were put off by a scene in the production that included “same-sex affection.” When two male cast members kissed onstage, audience members were said to have shouted in disgust and bolted from the auditorium.

Not exactly the reaction the school’s administration hoped for.

Hartford Principal David Chambers is reported to have warned the student body that the production would include such a scene. Some students asked in advance to be excused from attending the play, but Mr. Chambers said no. He also weighed, but rejected, the idea of alerting parents of the upcoming production and offering them an opportunity to excuse their children from attending.

So much for parental authority.

Despite the negative response by a large group of students and subsequent complaints from several parents, another Hartford principal, Adam Johnson, declared the production a success and was quoted as saying, “This is as important of a topic to discuss as anything in math, anything in social studies. I’m completely glad we did it.”

But the theory — that kids will cease to belittle students of nonconforming sexuality because of early sensitivity training — will only put more teens and young adults at risk of bullying, depression and suicide. Youths don’t need to be taught about sexual preference. They need to be taught right from wrong.

In addition, as this episode illustrates, those who promote the gay political agenda no longer even pretend to have regard for others with contrary religious or moral beliefs.

The knee-jerk liberal media response was to portray the students who walked out of that auditorium as homophobes, though until the public display of affection, they had not walked out.

It’s unthinkable to them that some people simply don’t want to be forced to accept gay behavior as a precondition to “tolerance.”

(© 2011 Marybeth Hicks)


Marybeth Hicks is a columnist for The Washington Times and founder and editor of Ontheculture.com.


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  • goral

    “The knee-jerk liberal media response was to portray the students who walked out of that auditorium as homophobes, though until the public display of affection, they had not walked out.”

    Mrs. Hicks, you’ve been found out with that statement. You’re really a Reagan style conservative pretending to be a Catholic.
    Where’s the love ma’am?

    You do know that I’m kidding.

    “Gay love I will give to you,
    say love, I won’t be untrue,
    hey love, I will promise you,
    …gay love.”

    Pathetic Hartford has been in search of an identity and a slogan. This could be it!

    Hartford, Don’t!

  • http://www.schefter.org PrairieHawk

    I was the object of some bullying when I was a kid. My stepfather’s advice was, “Get a big friend to go with you the next time.” My pastor’s advice was, “Try to avoid these boys.”

    Since I didn’t have a big friend, I took my pastor’s advice, and somehow I survived to stand here today.

    I think that the best solution to bullying will involve the families of the children. If the State gets involved, it’s bound to be heavy-handed, and we will end up with spectacles like this pro-gay aberration in Hartford.

    At least I hope it’s just an aberration. Is this sort of thing becoming common?

  • Tarheel

    I wonder if the next “step” in this process is that if you are bully-ed you are gay or have suppressed gay feelings. I DON”T THINK SO!

    It is becoming more common that the Gay Rights folks will “hijack” anything they can to gain full acceptance of their lifestyle. And our “wonderful” media will jump on their bandwagon in a microsecond. And so will a lot of politicos that want to be elected. Am I wrong in feeling that being gay is fashionable? If it is then for the umpteenth time in my life I am unfashionable.

    One question in my mind is;”what happened to the students that walked out?”

  • fishman

    bullying is bad. I was severely bullied as a child, but seriously , if you are going to force someone to sit and watch and see things that violate their conscious and religion , you deserve a lot more of a violent reaction then someone walking out on you.

    The problem is that societies are self regulating and tend towards ‘normalizing’ this means that people who do odd things . Like being overly creative or overly moral will by ‘punished’ just as people who do deviant things like having sex with dogs or members of the same sex, will also be punished.

    The only really good solution is class sizes of 10 or less and a lot of parent involvement. I recommend getting the Fed’s and that States out of the business of funding schools and put it back at the responsibility of the parents where it should always have been.

    • fishman

      The ability of society to ‘self regulate’ has been very much undermined in recent times. 50 years ago, the parents of those boys would have taken rubber houses to the principle in the middle of the night and no one would be able to prove anything. Would that be ‘bullying’ the principle? What about those ‘bullies’ who got dressed up like american Indians and stole someones tea off their boat and dumped it into the harbor near Boston just because they though they were being asked to pay too much for it?

      I really struggle with where to proper place is to draw the line because men I have been raised in 3 different worlds. The world of public school where there is no such thing as right and wrong. The world of the United States of American history with words like ‘Live Free or Die’ and ‘We hold these basic truth to be self evident …. take up arms against such’. The other world is the world of Catholic though which is continually populated by the paradoxical Lamb who was crucified by the sins of man in submission to the will of the father, but did not hesitate to stand in public and denounce the leaders of his days as ‘vipers and white washed tombs’ nor to make a rope and chase people from the temple and dump over tables because he was ‘consumed with zeal for your house’. It is too much for my little mind to take in.

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