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Bullying and ignorance: some people never learn

July 26, 2012
Sherry Stone Yetter, Washington, D.C. , Times-Republican

What happens when a bully grows up? In a normal society one assumes the bully learns from the errors of youth and no longer desires to gain attention, friendship or power from his/her peers via the forces of intimidation. We remember the bully from our childhood who made fun of classmates, turned friends against friends and coerced others to participate in the bullying out of fear, and we remember the bully who took victim intimidation to a physical level. What happens to those bullies who choose to continue this form of abusive behavior as adults? Simple, they find a new playground in the workplace or a new outlet to espouse their hate and ignorance as recently exhibited in a Times-Republican letter to the editor, "We should be able to express our displeasure with homosexuality" (July 25, 2012).



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