When Big Education's anti-"bullying" campaign began a couple years ago I suspect two things would happen: (1) The tiniest expression of opposition toward any P.C. liberal-approved position will be labeled as "bullying" as a method of shutting up opposition -- even if that means actually suspending a child for the alleged infraction. (2) The self-appointed intelligenti of the liberal left -- and that means in particular union teachers and their leaders -- will be the ones who actually bully and intimidate people. And they will do it with impunity and sanctimony.
Sure enough, that's what's happened, as Kyle Olson at Big Government reports:
As an aside, I am troubled by the recent focus on bullying. Bullying is a problem – yes. But the threshold of “bullying” has dropped significantly to the point where virtually any disagreement or conflict in personal or religious beliefs constitutes “bullying.” ...A classic case occurred in Michigan. A Howell High School teacher wore “a purple shirt in solidarity with bullies LGBT youth.” When a student objected to homosexuality on religious grounds – without ever intimidating or “bullying” anyone – the teacher argued with the student and ended up getting him suspended.
Yes, these are the very same people that have the gall to lecture America about bullying. The reality is they are the ones to use bullying and intimidation to get their way at the bargaining table. They are the ones who dismiss any difference of opinion – be it personal, political, religious or otherwise – as bullying by the opposing view.
Bullying will become the new racism in that it will be the hand grenade tossed into the crowd that makes debate and civil disagreement more difficult to embrace. It will be another mechanism by which to force the surrender of anyone disagreeing with their agenda, for fear of being labeled a “bully.”
It's the typical liberal prescription: Pick some crime against humanity, necessarily blow it out of proportion, and then clear the playing field so that you and you alone can engage in that crime unhindered. There's no level of behavior, even criminal behavior, that is out of bounds when a liberal seeks to have her way over you. But the second you have the nerve to express your opinion, they're the first to shout "Bully!" from the rooftops. It's quite Orwellian.
END THE OCCUPATION! LIBERALS OUT OF THE SCHOOLS NOW!!!