Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin joined George Noory on Coast to Coast AM on October 7, 2013 to talk about the problem of bullying. He discussed a recent news report from Texas about a father Jose Lagares who made his son carry an “I am a Bully” sign while standing on a street corner, after the boy was accused of bullying his schoolmates.
Breggin suggested that the boy’s father was a bully himself and was subjecting the boy to public humiliation to make him feel worthless, and this will probably lead to anger and rage for the boy. Bullies typically come from a position of feeling shamed, worthless, or powerless he said, and “the worst bullies…have been humiliated by their caregivers, usually the father or mother, and then almost trained to strike out at other people rather than the family.”
Girls, especially in the middle school years, can be particularly abusive to other girls, with name-calling, spreading of horrible untrue stories, cyber-bullying, and making fun of appearances, he detailed. A lot of kids, scarred by bullying, end up turning to drugs as an escape, as well as suicide and suicidal thoughts. Adolescents are struggling with their identity, and to be subjected to bullying can be quite crushing, Breggin commented. Bullies needs to be stopped, and “they need to be shown, usually by adult authorities, that they can’t get away with what they’re doing,” he continued. “I think that one of the biggest issues we have in our culture is that we don’t protect young people from bullying, and in doing that we enable bullies.”
http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20020410meangirls0410lnp1.aspERIE — To most adults, the typical school bully is the beefy kid who knocks the books out of the hands of the bespectacled ninth-grader in the hallway…[Oct 3, 2013] A 12-year-old girl has been arrested and charged in a case of so-called “relentless bullying.”
With school back in session, what we see here about bullying must be taken seriously and children are parented and not humiliated…Lara/Trace