I keep seeing this meme floating around the Interwebs:
Now I’ll tell you why this thing bugs me.
That boy you punched in the hall today? He’s going to soldier on, finish school and put your bullshit behind him.
That girl you called a slut in class today? She enjoys sex with her boyfriend, and sometimes with boys (or perhaps girls) with whom she isn’t in a committed relationship.
That boy you called lame? He just has lousy social skills.
That girl you pushed down the other day? Has a perfectly stable, safe home life.
That girl you called fat? She eats normally and has a slow metabolism.
The old man with the ugly scars? He did something idiotic with gasoline and a lit match, back when he was young and impulsive much like you are now.
The boy you made fun of for crying? He’s sensitive and awkward.
So, is it okay to bully them, now? Really? All you have to do is make sure your assumptions are correct, and then it’s open season on anyone who appears vulnerable?
Do people have to be perfect victims, or helpless to withstand negative attention, to be worthy of common decency?
How about this? If you’re against bullying, then stand up for the safety and dignity of the less-than-perfect victims. If bullying is wrong, then there should be no gaping loopholes.