My Grandad was a bare knuckle boxer in his day. When I was getting bullied at school in the early 70s he came up the school at closing time, made me point out by nemesis and his Dad, and my Grandpappy walked across and snotted his Dad on the nose. He then informed Dad that he was going to enjoy a repeat performance every day for as long as the bullying continued.
Suffice to say i was never touched again.
As a police officer, then, are you implying this is a good resolution?
Didn't really teach you anything, other than there's always somebody bigger up the food chain - and the same for the bullies.
In today's world, whilst abhorrent to many, Gene-Hunt-ism just wouldn't fly - these days, it's most likely somebody reacting like your grandad would face a complaint of assault. And besides, bullying isn't always physical (involving physical
I, like many, went through a period of being bullied as a child - I suppose it had a bearing on how I evolved - which was to embrace physical pursuits, like exercise, weightlifting, martial arts, and boxing. All the same, I can related to how many feel - and the helplessness, that despite victims asking for help, beyond lip service and token gestures, it rarely truly addresses it. Not everybody can turn the tide, embrace physical culture, or somehow override it - we're not all the same that way.
I like to think / try and equip my kids against bullying - not really sure whether it works, though, you can't insist or force them to embrace or pursue certain things, and as much of it is a mental battle. All the same, I wouldn't tolerate them bullying anybody.
What's the answer? Well like many similar things, it's about resources, effort, and will. Same as things like violence and law breaking in prisons. Anything can be stopped with sufficient intent and commitment from TPB, most of the time, though, the time / effort / resource / money are things that they won't really sanction, but just talk about ideas and commitment that rarely changes much.
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