Letter: Bullying: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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In recent years there has been a great deal of concern, especially with the rise of the Internet, texting, Twitter, and other rapid and uncontrolled media, about bullying and the effect it can have. States, churches, school districts and parents have all made efforts to prevent bullying and to educate youth and adults about the damage it can do. There has been a great deal of progress in this area, up until now.

Now we have a top national figure using all forms of media, and especially social media, to bully, and even make statements that can be considered slanderous and libelous with no consequences at all. In addition, physical violence has been noted, and in all cases that person had held that he is in the right.

Not only does this person now set an example for our youth (and the world), but the very groups and organizations, who tell the youth that this type of behavior is unacceptable and could bring severe repercussions to them, are sitting on their hands and letting this go on and on. It is as if they were hypnotized or enthralled.

This sends a mixed message to our children, and in fact to everyone. From a child’s viewpoint, if the President of the United States is allowed to bully and behave in a blatant antisocial manner, why are we being told that this is not acceptable and that we will be punished for the very behavior that our parents, the schools and the state governments (and even the First Lady) are not taking issue with.

The message is: Well, you should not do it, but it is OK for adults. You will understand when you are older.

Even Congress, by its inaction, is sending the same message.

With all of that implicit support of outright bullying by the leader of the country, the only conclusion is that bullying and use of social and other media to attack and destroy will now become the norm.

—Glenn Howard

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