Mar 14, 2011 Beware civil liberties violations on the path to reversing bullying
Bullying is serious and all too real, but cannot justify trampling on civil liberties and criminal defendants’ rights, and hyper-monitoring of students.
Beware of how bullying gets defined, including cyberbullying and speech that really amounts to nothing more than First Amendment-protected alleged defamation and privacy invasion.
In the meantime, if people would show more caring, compassion, and goodwill to each other, fewer people would be in the pain, distress, feeling of powerlessness and ignorance that lead to bullying; more actual or potential bullying situations could be dissipated, diffused, and reversed; and more people who feel like they are victims of bullying can learn more self-empowerment skills to reduce bullying and to reduce feeling like victims.
Well-meaning efforts often are at the root of unjust laws and government actions. We must avoid civil liberties violations from anti-bullying initiatives and from all other efforts to stamp out societal ills.
President Obama and Michelle Obama recently promoted and spoke at an anti-bullying conference.