In a perfect world, bullies would grow up and be good citizens. They would realize the error of their ways and work to make the world a better place. I think this does happen to many childhood bullies. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen for some. I think William Bailey–facing jail time for mocking a disabled classmate of his son–is an example of a childhood bully who didn’t grow out of it.
It takes a special kind of stupid to be an adult who makes fun of a child for any reason. Adults are supposed to be helping children. Adults are supposed to be the protectors of children. Mocking and bullying a child is absolutely wrong.
Once again, I feel the need to point out that childhood bullies learn their behavior somewhere. Probably at home, considering the behavior of some of the parents I’ve seen in action at schools in my neighborhood. Imagine the behavior of the children of Mr. Bailey.
Making fun of any person for any reason is never okay. It doesn’t matter what someone looks like or how they behave, making fun is not allowed. It doesn’t matter how different someone is, bullying is not allowed. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like the person, making fun is not allowed. It doesn’t matter if the person next to you is doing it, bullying is not allowed.
Black, white, fat, thin, attractive, not attractive, smart, less smart, boy, girl, short, tall…it’s all off limits. No one gets to comment about another person’s disability or appearance, ever.
Remember, this applies to everyone–adults too. You can’t sit at home and make comments about someone on television looking or acting differently. You can’t report in the media about someone’s weight gain or weight loss. You can’t comment about a celebrity’s bad dress, bad hair cut, or bad anything.
Looks. Disabilities. Off limits.
Maybe, we just need a reminder about the niceties of a polite society. Hopefully it won’t take jail time for any more of us to learn the lesson.