This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill advocates NJ Anti-bullying bill say gives New Jersey the toughest anti-bullying law in the nation. It defines bullying as “any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act . . . that is reasonably perceived as being motivated . . . by any actual or perceived characteristic” of a person. Administrators who do not investigate reported incidents of bullying would be disciplined, while students who bully could be suspended or expelled. School employees would also be required to report all incidents they learn of, whether they took place in or outside of school. (My emphasis) "All schools must employ an anti-bullying specialist to carry out these investigations and all incidents must be logged with an anti-bullying bureaucracy in Trenton. (10/3/2011 National Review p. 12)
To me this criminalizing childhood behavior smacks of the nanny state on steroids.
When our then Democrat representative Cullie Tarlton, rammed through the North Carolina General
Assembly his anti-bullying law, I confronted him with “Are you trying to turn all children into sissies?” He pushed back saying: “You don’t understand, bullying these days is not like the bullying you and I knew as children.”
Maybe some of our readers can clarify for me how things are different now. I confess I don’t have any children in school as all four of my grandchildren were home schooled. So, I only have my own childhood to draw from.
In my case, I was the runt of the litter–one of the smallest kids in my classes. As a result, I was prime target for the bully. Unfortunately for the bully, my father had taught me, “If he is your size, beat him up. If he is bigger than you, grab whatever you can and cold cock him with it.”
Needless to say, it did not take long for bullies to get the message. Then, by high school, my ability to take a punch gave me the nickname of Sturmovik, the Russian plane that was so armored we wondered how it could fly.
So, back to vetting Christie. When he signed this, did he remember being the fat kid who was picked on and didn’t fight back? (If so, than by not learning to fight, he missed the best preparation of all for being president.)
Or, more ominous, is he really another closet liberal–a sheep in wolf’s clothing?