Thursday, October 27, 2011
Huffington runs YouTube video of anti-gay bullying incident in Ohio
The Huffington Post has reported on (including replublishing the cell phone video of) a beating of a gay teen in a Chillocothe, Ohio high school (Union-Scotio). Apparently the perpetrator got only three days suspension.
The link is here.
My own take on this is to wonder, why are penalties for bullying for any reason (gay-related or not) so light? You don’t need “political indoctrination” in the classroom to have a zero-tolerance policy on bullying. But the zero-tolerance should eventually lead to the ability to question out-of-touch beliefs.
I have to admit that I “got back” a few times by returning the “favor” in middle school. In ninth grade (junior high school then), in 1958, I belittled another boy for having a seizure. It’s hard for me to grasp why I would have done that. Compulsiveness? A belief (common in the 1950s) that any “disability” was a sign of sin? The maturity of the teen brain?
And, don’t forget, until recently, the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, as well as the previous “absolute ban” (with “asking”) on gays in the military, could have provided, in the minds of many kids (and parents and school administrators) a pretext for believing that gays as a whole did not deserve complete protection of the law.