Bully culture

1 May 2006 at 14:37 Leave a comment

This mirrors exactly my experience in England: if you stick up for yourself, you get in trouble:

A Dorset woman spent a night in jail after standing up to rowdy teenagers causing havoc in her garden, she said today.

Brenda Robinson, 66, is accused of hitting an 11-year-old boy and dragging a 13-year-old girl by the hair to get her out of her Bournemouth garden.

She said some boys had been kicking a ball against her car and she asked them to stop but was given a tirade of verbal abuse in front of her two grandchildren.

A gang of around eight teenagers then appeared in her garden, on April 21, armed with pieces of wood and one of the girls allegedly hit her daughter-in-law Angie Laundon.

The church-going grandmother then evicted the girls from her garden. She was taken off to the police station shortly afterwards.

“All hell broke loose. I was really frightened. I don’t have stand-up fights on a regular basis,” said Mrs Robinson, a former administration officer for the NHS emergency bed service at Poole hospital.

She said her night in the cells was “awful” and “claustrophobic”. “Nobody came in to see if I was all right. I suppose they just don’t care.

“By the time they did the interview, I had had no sleep, nothing to eat, just a glass of water. I was quite manic, virtually hysterical.”

Mrs Robinson, who volunteers for her local church parent and toddler group, a child contact centre and the local creche, added: “I don’t think the police dealt with it at all well. I’m hardly a menace to society.”

They whine and moan about the bully problem, but in reality the bullies are encouraged, certainly if you try to stand up to them you are the one who is punished.

You’re just supposed to get along and blend and make sure they don’t notice you. If they do, obviously you have done something “wrong” and should be encouraged to behave more appropriately.

Conform, be quiet, conform, or suffer the consequences.


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What I’ve been reading:

  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. (London, 14 King William Street, Strand: William P. Nimmo, 1876). 4 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 3, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985). 4 years ago
  • Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988). 5 years ago
  • Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004). 5 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 2, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985) 5 years ago

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I am a misanthrope. No one ever believes me, but this seems to prove my point.



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