We will never end bullying in our schools while we accept it in society.
Children learn from the examples set by adults, and we provide many examples in society of how we tacitly accept bullying. Question period in Canada is brutish and childish. Listen to the video above, and tell me that these men and women are setting a good example for our children.
Professional sports, particularly hockey, allow bullying of players and full-scale violence to occur. Listen to the people cheering in the background of the video below! How can we possibly end school-yard violence when we embrace it in our entertainment?
Glenn Beck, a horrific talk show host who was finally removed from the Fox network, was allowed to spew his hatred for years before he was finally pulled from the air. Why was he allowed to bully people for so long on the air? Why did we allow Ann Coulter to bully gays and lesbians for so long on the radio? Why is it that (great) projects like the "It Gets Better" project take so long to happen in our society?
We must remember that children do as we do. This message really hits home if you watch the video below (shared by @jenmarten).
I’m okay with doing everything we can to end bullying in schools. I just don’t think that we should pretend it will make a damn bit of difference while we continue to accept it in our society.