OF BULLYING IN AMERICA
James Campion - Reality Check
the bully holds a special purpose in the grand scheme of "growing
to a bizarre, but apparently all too true, report printed in Reuters
this past week, the American Medical Association's House of Delegates
has decided to rile up a "bullying awareness" movement.
The countrys largest doctors conclave plans on urging
fellow colleagues to inform parents of this growing epidemic. According
to the groups extensive report, one out of ten kids are victims
of bullying. Nearly 15% of children are bullies, and more than half
of those have been, or currently are, being bullied.
Last year the AMAs
Council on Scientific Affairs concluded that without intervention, "bullying
can lead to serious academic, social, emotional and legal problems."
The push for a national campaign to "stamp out bullying" cites
the rash of school shootings in recent years resulting from the relentless
abuse of schoolchildren at the hands of each other. Extensive psychoanalyses
studies of terrorized children have proven that a significant amount
of mental afflictions are suffered by bullying, leading to gnawing psychological
problems well into adulthood.
Now, as a diminutive runt, and a victim of years of chronic bullying,
I am here to say that any such movement to end bullying in our time
is capricious, arbitrary and wrong. It is against every law of nature
and yet another example of doctors acting like some kind of supreme
beings and jamming statistics wherever they might fit the latest cause.
Here at the Reality Check News & Information Desk, we have done
our own studies, many of which were of a particularly painful and personal
nature. In fact, in a previous column entitled, "The Truth About
Willie & The Underground Sharks" published in Aquarian Weekly,
the point was made quite clearly. It began as a response to a letter
accusing a close friend, and a main contributor to my last book, Willie,
for doling out a series of savage beatings in some downtown NYC rave
In an unprecedented deluge of hate mail, even for this space, the following
statement still stands: "Many kids who gobble Ecstasy find a good
beating a welcomed enhancement to the high. There is nothing better
than breaking the chains of well-being and peace with a fine stomping
at the hands of an anonymous madman whose only purpose in hanging around
in the first place is to doll them out like Easter candy." The
crux of the sentimental piece is what I wish to revisit this week in
response to the terrible glut of news coming out of the AMA.
You see, what minions of science can never understand is the natural
order of Gods law. It is survival of the fittest and the predatory
instinct of humanity to bully. Of course this has been broached here
before regarding the freaks that pass themselves off as agents of the
Lord to molest children. The real problem with these holy cretins is
they havent taken enough beatings in their lifetime. The raw element
of fear is absence in their hearts. To taste the lash is their wanting.
Face it; the bully holds a special purpose in the grand scheme of "growing
up". Hating another for no reason merely because you can kick them
around is the right of the brute in society. Learning this at an early
age is not only beneficial to our children, but also important to fuel
other basic urges like vengeance and spite. The bully helps put these
deranged emotions into perspective during a time in our lives when the
only aim is to remain invisible, inconsequential, and hopefully unharmed.
The only harm in bullies is the continued coddling of them in order
to come up with intellectual or emotional reasons why children pick
on each other incessantly. They do it because the ignorant need an outlet.
Discovery is part of youth, and to discover verbal, physical and mental
abuse from another kid is the right of every American child. They have
so few as it is, dont take away the playground.
Its ironic, but a few days before this report was made public
I was telling my wife of my days as a Catholic School boy in St. Dominics
on Van Ness Avenue in the Bronx, NY, and of some little shit heel named
Troy who thought it fun to challenge me to a fight every friggin
day for the first three years of schooling. This was his mistake, and
my good fortune, because despite the fact that I was nothing more than
a spit-shine mommas boy with pressed slacks and gooped hair at
three foot nothing, I eventually smote him.
You see what Troy did not realize, like most bullies, is that after
awhile it really doesnt matter what they do. There is a sense
of "nothing left to lose" that wells up in the human psyche,
even at age eight, and not too long into our after-school bouts I was
routinely hitting him in the face. And in my extensive study, the only
thing that really stops a bully is not a team of doctors, but clean
shots to the bridge of the nose or square on the jaw. This produces
the greatest stream of blood. My study also revealed that bullies hate
Sure, interventions and parental group therapy are nice, but a carefully
placed fist to the temple sets the bully straight and gives a lifetime
of hope for the bullied.
Ive had plenty of experience with bullies, and it sounds to me
like the AMA is bullying us into robbing our kids of childhoods
most precious victory, the ass-whupping of the deserved. Life is about
a series of defeating bullies; the sooner we understand it, the better.
It is quite Zen when you think about it. Without pain there can be no
pleasure, and without defeat there is no victory.
I conclude with a quote from my previous column: "The underground
is filled with natural-selection beasts like Willie, and so are politics
and Wall Street and suburbia for that matter.
He is the bully, the boogieman, the great equalizer reminding everyone
that humanity is not the home of compassion, but the result of brutal
evolution, where the strong and maniacal unleash their frustration on
those who might live under the illusion that they are somehow more refined
or "better" than the rest. We shouldn't shun or fear them.
The idea is to befriend these mutants, pull them close to your bosom
and mother their intentions, or at the very least, bring a notebook
and study their habits."
Today I am five foot nothing and encounter bullies of every sort everyday,
but thanks to Troy I still keep the notebook and study the habits.
Whos your Troy?
© James Campion June 2002
(Coincidentally MSN news on 20th June 2002 reported that bullying in
the workplace was at an epedemic level. Certainly in academia is is rife and sadly as an adult one cannot biff
Dean's, especially female Deans, on the nose. So I am not sure James
- we just probably need more shotguns in the workplace, that's all.