On Bullycide

Children bullies and children victims of bullies are symptoms. Parents who either neglect or bully their children are symptoms. Teachers who bully children are symptoms. Bureaucrats who bully taxvictims are symptoms. And the problem? The willingness and acceptability of using force against those unwilling to do what they’re told to do by others. It’s unfortunate that Rebecca Sedwick killed yourself as a result of bullying, but it’s a symptom of this much large issue in society. Her bullies were no doubt themselves victims of bullying. They learned it, internalized it, from someone, probably their parents or guardians, and maybe even their teachers at school. Their independence has been denied them their entire lives, so the moment they feel a little power over someone else, they explode. Bullies are not born, they are made; made by other bullies who themselves were made by bullies. It’s a cycle of abuse that I’m proud to say I am no longer perpetuating. I don’t bully my neighbors nor my kids. Respect the personal choices of everyone. To each his own. Live and let live. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.