Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Darkest Side of Adolescence

Casey Heynes has been bullied his whole life. As the video above will show, he finally decided to do something about it. There are so many things that trouble me about this video. First and foremost, the little punk kid in the hat that decides to pester and punch Casey for no apparent reason. However, what upsets me even more is all the other kids just standing around gawking at the scene like this is normal, everyday behavior. At no point does anyone seem to try and verbally or physically stop the fight and no one seems to be running off trying to bring an adult to try and calm the situation. All that being said, I cannot condone Casey's behavior either. Clearly this bully (and even more so, the cameraman behind this video) are little shits, but confronting a physical altercation with a body slam that made me cringe isn't the answer either. I am all for kids like Casey standing up to their agitators, but there needs to be systems and mechanisms put in place that remove physical violence as a last resort to ending the problem. Bullying is no rare or isolated phenomena. We all saw it growing up on our playgrounds and how accepted it becomes in the microcosm of adolescence. Often times, school administrators will turn a blind eye to the situation or remain too oblivious to even know its going on. I went through my fair share of it as a kid, and let me tell you, it's hell. There needs to be a radical shift in the way that students, parents, and schools confront and deal with the situation. Exercising a proactive approach to confronting the problem rather than a reactive one could help prevent scenes like this from happening.

1 comment:

  1. Lotta violence on the blog lately, i think we deserve a video of something delicate and precious soon.