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6/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letter: Bullying should be taken seriously

It truly amazes me how the law ignores bullies and allows them to terrorize kids and adults. The court system slaps the guilty on the wrist and won't bother even giving palpation to the victim.

I know what I am taking about because I was a victim of being bullied back in 1973, 1991 and 1992, but did the law help me? No!

My question is this: What is wrong with our legal system and our cops across this country? It seems to me that they care more for the lawless than the victims!

Reference is made to the Byland case in 1992. Please show more attention to the victim and the heck with the guilty. Right?

There should be a law against bullies. Enough is enough with playing politics and taking the side of the guilty.

Kenny Lee Barrows


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013
Article comment by: Tj Denton

Im with rick totally. We used to be a proud pouplation. Defend yourself, stand up for yourself and if you didnt know how, you learned to. Made you toughen up, built some character. Now its just. Pass a law to protect me, pass a law to protect me. Guess what, if you cant stand up to one bully, how do you think you are going to live in this world!??? You cant. This whole bullying garbage is why the rest of the world laughs so hard at our weakening nation!!

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013
Article comment by: Rob & Leah Dix

My son DID commit suicide due to the effects of bullying. And we are here to let you know

Life IS a gift and one can NEVER know the ripple effect they would cause by taking their own life. And NOTHING IS WORTH IT!

We need to also change our own mindset to lead others into not being a bully ...and mean it...and refuse to tolerate it.

IF you are someone who cares about stopping this problem, please join us at the Kingman Steak House this coming Monday June 24th from 5pm-9pm in support of out LOCAL NON PROFIT Anti Bully Action
Link: antibullyaction.org

Americans ARE mighty despite our problems. And aren't we Americans better than this?

GROW A TOUGHER SKIN?? what about the children? them too?
They are just learning how to exist in this crazy world, and that is your advice? Life is crap deal with it?
Why don't we care that people live every day in FEAR for what? For the smug satisfaction others get from inflicting such torment?! From schools, to the workplace, to community, this happens every day.

So people are weak because they "can't stand up for themselves"? Why do we need to put others in a position that makes them need to???? Why should a person have to justify their very existence to peers and then face abuse & ridicule for doing so? No matter what path you choose fight or flight.....

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Article comment by: Debbie Colvin

Bullying is becoming a real problem everywhere.

Will changing laws help the problem? Yes. Following through with the penalty for bullying would help too. How about community involvement? How about more people becoming involved with the school systems? Kingman has many concerned retired citizens who could mentor children who are bullyed and the bullys.

Ollie's Second Time Around has created a anti
bullying quilt. Kids and adults can sign the quilt and trace their hand if desired. We have information about what to do if a child is being bullied. Ollie's also has a contract for kids promising they will report bullying and talk to an adult if they are being bullied.

This is what Ollie's is doing to help with the problem. What is the community of Kingman doing?

For more information call 692-0987 or come to Ollies Second Time Around 4636 Arnold, first left past Ace Hardware.

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“I was bullied up until I responded back and put the bully on the ground.”

I was bullied from grade three through grade six by JB in So. Cal. I was a small kid with no concept of how to defend myself. When I was a sophomore in Flagstaff JB moved to town – I had grown, he had not. I beat him up in the parking lot across the street from the school. Talk about something feeling great – and the memory still feels good!

Bullying is just wrong, period, and the schools and parents need to take action because the scars of a bullies actions live on long after the deed.

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

Obviously you can't shoot or stab them unless they come at you with deadly force, but how about picking up a tazer? or a stun gun...the sizzle of either one will scare the crap out of them! The test of mine, scares the living crap out of my little dog...

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Just A. Citizen

Oh yeah, take bullying seriously?
Anyone out there had a routine interaction with a police officer lately?

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Just A Thought

@ Rick O'Shea

I have to agree with you. However, the same system that allows protection for people who abuse drugs and alcohol to use "addiction" as an excuse, also protects the bullies. They made it a lose-lose situation for the abused. If the bullied protect themselves and fight back, they are guilty themselves. Just walk away and report it they say, yeah right! It just comes down to risk, I was bullied up until I responded back and put the bully on the ground. Yes I got in trouble too, but I was never bullied again. The heck with the old biddies, fight back, take your punishment, and enjoy a bully free life. Suicide should never be an option! Life is about risks and you'll get nowhere if you don't take any.

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: nnp .....

@Rick O'Shea....they took plea bargains, saw that evil is the only thing that works in America, and that when push comes to shove (i.e., you're standing before His Honor), all those talking heads and blowhards are just that. They learned their lesson, that America is hopelessly, fatally wounded and there is absolutely nothing whatsogodd-----ever that can be done about it, short of the violence and maneuvering which those in power have been doing. And do not expect any of that from the whoo-hooo crowd at churches, for example, who let themselves be damned and deceived by diversionary drivel. You want change amidst this raging, plummeting river of treason, murder, and fraud? You'll have to fight. That leaves only the question - will you, regardless of the cost?

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew


I've got an idea. Let's arm the smaller kids the ones who wear glasses or might have a speech impediment and let them shoot the ^%& that bully them.

How's that for self-reliance.?

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Resident Joe


That is like telling someone in an abusive relationship they need to suck it up! Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever had to see someone everyday whose sole purpose in life seems to be making your life miserable? Have you ever been told every single day that you are not worth the air that you breath? You have no idea what you are talking about! God made us all, weak and strong! The strong are supposed to stand up for the weak. Telling them to grow some thicker skin does not help those who feel helpless. In our own community children have taken their own lives just to escape their bullies. Until you have been in a situation where you feel like you have NO control and you are constantly torn down in some way, you will not understand. We do have a BIG problem!

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

It truly amazes me how some people are not able to stand on their own 2 feet and stand up for themselves. More and more, people are becoming so thin skinned they are almost invisible, what happened to the frontiersmen of yesterday, the mighty Americans, when did Americans become these frightened scared things that need someone else with guts to stand up for them?

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