It’s a bully pit of another genre

by Lainey Millen  Special Assignments  specialassignments@goqnotes.com
Published: March 27, 2012 in Blog

Over recent years, our attention has been directed toward the act of bullying, and none more so than that of those in the LGBT community.

We’ve seen such acts that have led to death (either directly or by suicide), physical pounding or a host of other methods.

In my day-to-day searches for Carolina news material to share with our readers in my share of the News Notes section, I come across items that have more far-reaching benefit to the community.

One such one was an really terrific graphic on cyberbullying. Tony Shin contacted me to see if we’d like to know more about his work. After looking at what he suggested it seemed like an important opportunity for all of us. Shin and his team at onlinecounselingdegrees.net came up with a thorough history of how a bully develops. It also shows a multitude of ways this happens and I was really impressed with it. Shin has given us permission to post it here and I hope that you’ll agree with me that this was a tremendous undertaking and one that should not go unnoticed.

The issue of bullying goes beyond just harassment verbally. It can get physical. It can be emotionally devastating. It can affect one’s self esteem. It can lead to fear, isolation and much more. It sees no sociological boundaries, nor those based upon religion, nationality, race — and the list goes on.

It does not lead to finding peace in the world. It does lead to perpetuating wars, discontent, violence and rage. Globally, it has shown its ugly head in the form of hate groups. And, it pushed us into having to create hate crimes legislation to press against it here in the U.S.

Thanks, Tony, for giving our qnotes readers the chance to view this.