Bullying is taught in schools, churches and families throughout America. Bullying is a common practice in our military training. An extremely prevalent form of this teaching is “group punishment.” One person or more breaks the rules or is accused of not carrying his or her weight; and everyone is punished for the perpetrators’ infractions or inadequacies simply because they’re in that class or unit.
This incites the group to pressure the perpetrators into working harder or altering their behavior. This form of bullying is also very common in the work place and is an encouraged form of harassment. This pressure is “bullying” and it takes many forms: Beatings, hostile behavior and threats, ostracism, and many other forms of harassment. At Columbine the victims of bullies bullied back and only after that did people speak out against bullying on a nation-wide scale.
They formed organizations to prevent and stop bullying. All of their efforts are in vain until we stop the unjust practice of group punishment. Bullying will continue as unchecked as ever before unless we stop teaching people that bullying is an acceptable way to direct a group or society itself. America if you want to stop bullying: Stop Teaching and Encouraging It!
— ISN, Rev. Michael S. Margolin