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Hey, Donald…

Sir,

I would like to clear the air about a few generic matters here.  First of all, I really need for you to understand that there were 2 reasons I did vote for you in the last election.

  1. I did not like the candidate running for the Democratic party at all.  I would have voted for almost anyone who was running against her.
  2. I like some of the attitude you portrayed and the way you managed to win the primary.

Now, I need for you to understand the implications of what 1 and 2 above state:  They do not say I support all or even most of your agendas.  I am very used to a party candidate making all sorts of campaign promises and having those disappear right after the election.  I never expected, nor do I expect your “wall” to be built on the border.  However, you have made another “wall” between us and Mexico and it is not a very pretty one.  Can’t say I approve.

Next, I can’t say I approve of most of your values toward women.

Finally, I know that I am against your railings against the LBGTQ.  I spend a lot of time with friends and all who belong to that group of wonderful people.  We have made such strides toward getting the public to, at least, tolerate and, at most, begin to accept all these wonderful individuals.  You lost a lot of my respect with this move.

There are, I am  positive, many other points we would strongly disagree on, but I am not going to deal with those right now.  I will let you know that I am tired of being raked over the coals for the three-second action of pressing a button and accepting my ballot.  You have disappointed me in so very many ways, Sir.  I stand by the office of my President.  You, Sir, I do not need to stand behind.

Sincerely,
Scott L Vannatter

A Scary Thought

I decided, today, to watch a decent (perspective) Halloween movie.

I chose “The Final”. It is a fairly old story about withdrawn, shy students who are picked on until they snap and take revenge. “Carrie” was about this as have been a lot of movies both before and since.

“The Final” began right off with showing you how these students are picked on constantly.

They truly don’t deserve the treatment. Their plan makes sense, but as with all evil intents, it just doesn’t end up quite the way they intended. I am not going to spoil it for those who decide to watch it. Suffice it to say that it was difficult to watch, but the gore level was not as high as it easily could have been.

It was more terrifying to let your imaginations do a lot of the work. Now, it was not bloodless, nor was it gore-less; but it grabbed you more in your mind and emotions than anything else.

The reason I am writing this is that I was picked on a lot growing up. I had a student who would grab my ear on the bus and pull it. He did this quite often. That ear has more hearing damage than my other one. I was cussed at and called names by a lot of the “other” students; you know who they are. I hope you weren’t from that group in school.

I was quiet, for the most part, and just wanted to be left alone and enjoy the friends I had. I was bullied, but only to a point. What grabbed me about this movie was the planning and extent these students went to because of the way they were treated in school. I saw students treated poorly in school when I was teaching; I stopped a lot of instances with bullies; however, I couldn’t be there all the time and I know it happened when I wasn’t around.

With all the national concern, the state concern, and the individual concern about bullying, my question is why does it still go on? So, I am asking you to speak up.

Why do you think bullying still goes on despite legal consequences?

Why do people treat other people this way?

In the movie, the bully asked the victim if he knew why he treated him this way; he didn’t. The answer, according to the bully was, “because you can’t stop me.”

The victim needs to stand up for him/herself, but it is up to us as adults to help the children, both the bully and the victim, to change and become better people, full of love and care and healthy self-esteem. Just an opinion.

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Namaste,
Scott

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