...Or should there? In light of some of the comments below in the Pecksniffian post, and in George Will's column to which it refers, I thought I would throw this out to the collective intelligence of our beloved Forumpians:
A Rapid City youth recently took his own life. His obituary made reference to a memorial being established to prevent bullying.
Bullying is different today than it was when I was a kid. I got bullied. I was the skinniest kid in school until about my junior year. Bullying then amounted to some kids picking on others. For me most of that stopped when I started hunting quail and pheasants after school and most of the bullies knew I was armed.
Today is different. It seems today that bullying is more of a sport than a social anomaly. The technology of the sport is found in texting and facebook and myspace. The ability to execute a saturation humiliation is devastating.
When I was bullied, only the bully and I took it seriously. Most of the other kids ignored it. Now, it seems, it's a pile-on, all-0ut community-wide attack on someone who is weaker and it is sometimes so unrelenting that a young person sees no way out.
Which brings me to: There Ought To Be A Law!
I don't personally think we can hold school systems responsible for what the children of adults do on their telephones, laptops and home computers.
In South Dakota, parents can only be held responsible for a total of $3000 damage done by their children.
My question for Forumpians is what is the answer? How do we stop kids from bullying other kids to the point of self destruction? Does the Legislature need to be involved? Can we compel parents to prevent their children from bullying others? We can compel dog owners to keep their vicious animals away from children. Can there be no such thing as a social "leash" law?