If name calling every becomes a crime you can kiss free speach goodbye.
I know most people feel this is an over action but I lived a school life of horror. In 5th grade a bunch of girls scrubbed skunk cabbage in my face. in 6th grade I was called fat, tub o lard, freak, on and on and on. As a freshman Theolder kids cut my long hair and put it on fire. I was called every name in the book. On top of being abused at home I was being terrorised at school. In Sophmore year. It came to a head. Three boys beat the day lights out of me breaking my collarbone, my nose, 3 ribs and all the blood vessels in both eyes leaving a tumor in my right eye.
What was done? One boy was suspended the other two were warned thats it......nothing else out of ALL those insident. So maybe it was an over kill but I gaurentee you that child wont ever do it again.
When I was 5 years old I got into a fight with a 7 year old girl. Her parents phoned the police. My dad answered the door and was a little surpised to see a policeman looking for me. The cop didn't stick around too long nor did I do any hard time.
I don't think the police should be involved in the disciplining of ten year old children for name-calling. This was extreme overkill. Thomaska gave some good examples of where gross over reaction could lead.
Ostracized people need to either learn to fit in, or learn to ignore the slings and arrows of society at large.
This boy is 10 years old, lets get real here. Incident should be dealt with by parents and teachers if that applies, not police.
The word is tossed all over the place in the adolescent world. My grandson and granddaughter are 16
yrs. old, they call each other gay on many occasions, just because one of them does some little gesture, or wears a certain article of clothing, or just 'because', period. 'THAT'S SO GAY', I've heard
them say that many times.
And, yes, they refer to others in their school or wherever as 'so gay' because the name callers are immature right now, and need to develope more brain matter, but they think of each other as,
really cool, and so smart.
I'm certainly not saying that is right, but it is life, and always has been, fatso,four eyes,skinny, fatty,
and on and on.
Parents, please be responsible and observant with your kids. There is always kids who are a little
different than the majority, always has been. When I was a kid/teenager the saying was 'homo' and
heard that many many times about kids who dressed odd,didn't date, or was just shy, or
just the recipient of name calling from the so called cool kids, who aren't really cool at all.
Why couldn't the parent of the other kid have notified the parent of the 10 yr. old boy, and shown
their displeasure with the remark. Even if they had an arguement over the incident, the 10 yr. old would
have thought twice about doing it again. The problem is, that many parents take the side of their
own kid, even when they are wrong.
We're not talking about bullying, or sexual harrassment, or gay bashing, were discussing a 10 yr old
boy, who needs some parantal guidance.