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I think there is a crime here (bullying) but the mods can move if they see it differently. Appears to me that this girl was doing the right thing. Not only were the students bullying but they were doing it to someone who didn't understand. Who knows how far it would have gone if left unchecked.

Teen says she was punished for trying to stop bullying of girl with mental disabilities
Published May 27, 2012

FoxNews.com

Florida teen punished for trying to stop bullying

High school student defends bullied middle school...
A Florida high school student who complained to officials about the bullying she witnessed on a school bus is now being labeled a bully herself.

Stormy Rich, 18, had been riding on a middle school bus because she had enough credits to start classes later in the day at Umatilla High School, the Daily Commercial reported, but she says she was shocked by how some of the middle school girls were treating a student with mental disabilities.

She said she complained to the bus driver, then to school officials, and when nothing changed, she tried to persuade the girls to cut it out.

"They would be mean to her, tell her she couldn't sit on certain spots on the bus," Rich told Fox 35 in Orlando. "They were giving her food that they put in her mouth. I actually had to tell her to spit it out because she didn't understand."

Now she said she has been told she can't ride the bus anymore because of how she dealt with the situation.

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Take the punishment, you did the right thing! I hear it all the time from parents at my martial arts school. A kid is getting bullied, teachers tell everyone involved not to do anything other than report it, even if its turning physical and they risk injury. But, you stand up to the bully and punch him back, now you're expelled. In some cases, the student who ends up standing up for themselves actually gets punished worse than the person who started it. Same goes for kids trying to help. If you see someone getting their face smashed in, don't try to help them or else you're a bad person, your best bet is to go and tell a teacher who's probably too busy to try and do anything about it. It's ridiculous!
 

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Schools are the biggest bullies. In my own experience, I have seen the school punish for defending against a bully. I used to get picked on in Middle School by this one kid. One day, I beat the snot out of him after he tried to push me down a flight of stairs. Guess who got suspended for 5 days?

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Incredible.  Little by little we are turning into a society of mind your own business.  I had a neighbor across the street who was a mechanic for Ford.  When I would do a brake job on the car he would walk out of his house to the car with his head down as to not make eye contact with me.  God forbid he would come over and ask if I needed a hand, not that I did.  A few houses down the block there was an old man.  He goes out of his way to come over.  Says to me that he's too old to be of any help but he has 70 years worth of tools and that if I need anything he's probably got it.  I guess it's a younger generation thing...
 

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I disagree, it's only "mind your own business" if you take it upon yourself to do something.  Once the authorities decide to act, if they find out you did nothing, you are liable.  It's damned if you do, damned if you dont.  
 

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Incredible. Little by little we are turning into a society of mind your own business. I had a neighbor across the street who was a mechanic for Ford. When I would do a brake job on the car he would walk out of his house to the car with his head down as to not make eye contact with me. God forbid he would come over and ask if I needed a hand, not that I did. A few houses down the block there was an old man. He goes out of his way to come over. Says to me that he's too old to be of any help but he has 70 years worth of tools and that if I need anything he's probably got it. I guess it's a younger generation thing...
Hey! I'm 24, and I hate my generation. Horrible taste in TV, music, fashion, etc... No respect for others, only care about #1, need I go on? None of my neighbors (who range in age from 30s to late 80s) every talk to us, or each other. It's like everyone has a social disorder. I think it's more the region than the age though, because my buddy in Dallas has a similar neighborhood to mine (relating to income, size, density) and everyone is friends with everyone.
 

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StarshipVoyager said:
Hey! I'm 24, and I hate my generation. Horrible taste in TV, music, fashion, etc... No respect for others, only care about #1, need I go on? None of my neighbors (who range in age from 30s to late 80s) every talk to us, or each other. It's like everyone has a social disorder. I think it's more the region than the age though, because my buddy in Dallas has a similar neighborhood to mine (relating to income, size, density) and everyone is friends with everyone.
It's New York!
That said, I believe you can MAKE friends with MOST of the people in your neigborhood, at least those you'd like to- it will just require some effort because they are used to living in a place where if somebody seems nice to you, they probably want something from you.
 

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No one wants a confrontation! Note that we, as a society, are in trouble because we (collectively) do not want to confront bad news, or in some cases reality altogether.
Schools are teaching the children not confront their troubles, but to either avoid them, or have someone else confront them. In either case its avoidence of anything deemed unpleasant or difficult, while teaching acceptance of of the same thing. No wonder our kids are confused. Not everything is acceptable or avoidable. The knowledge to know the difference is key.
 

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Arisaka_99 said:
Schools are the biggest bullies. In my own experience, I have seen the school punish for defending against a bully. I used to get picked on in Middle School by this one kid. One day, I beat the snot out of him after he tried to push me down a flight of stairs. Guess who got suspended for 5 days?

-Nick
Kids are being taught at an early age to trust the authorities and do not attempt self defense. It is the same school system where every one in anti-gun. For the same reason.
 

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In my apartment building in NYC, my neighbors are not friendly people, nor are they considerate. Everyone minds their own business and does their own thing. On the first few days of moving in I tried saying hi to people living on my side of the building, but all I get in return was the "why r u talking to me" look...

There are old generation neighbors in the upper floors who are friendly, but its the 20-30 something crowd thats cold and rude.
 

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Captain Will said:
It's New York!
That said, I believe you can MAKE friends with MOST of the people in your neighborhood, at least those you'd like to- it will just require some effort because they are used to living in a place where if somebody seems nice to you, they probably want something from you.
Absolutely true! NY is a tougher place to get to know your neighbors than other spots in US but it can be done. I know most of the folks near my home and I'm very good friends with several families. Friendship is work, most don't want to expend the effort. I was brought up to help others, with no expectation of reward. When the exchange becomes 2 way, you are headed for a good place. All started with me doing something about it. If you wait for the other party, you might be waiting a while...(unless I'm your neighbor). This is not to sound boastful, not at all; just telling how it worked for me when I moved to a new place

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No one wants a confrontation! Note that we, as a society, are in trouble because we (collectively) do not want to confront bad news, or in some cases reality altogether.
Schools are teaching the children not confront their troubles, but to either avoid them, or have someone else confront them. In either case its avoidence of anything deemed unpleasant or difficult, while teaching acceptance of of the same thing. No wonder our kids are confused. Not everything is acceptable or avoidable. The knowledge to know the difference is key.
Also true, saw this during my Son's education. Absolutely ridiculous
 

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Arisaka_99 said:
Schools are the biggest bullies. In my own experience, I have seen the school punish for defending against a bully. I used to get picked on in Middle School by this one kid. One day, I beat the snot out of him after he tried to push me down a flight of stairs. Guess who got suspended for 5 days?

-Nick
Strangely the same exact thing happened to me. If I haden't grabbed onto the railing I would have gone down the stairs.
 

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Strangely the same exact thing happened to me. If I haden't grabbed onto the railing I would have gone down the stairs.
Swindlehurst School District, by any chance?
 
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