Read this article, listen to the interview, and take notice of the fact that she refers to cocky, sadistic adolescents as "kids who make mistakes" and reminds readers that bullies "are also victims." And if those enlightened words from the article don't make you want to puke or indulge in homicidal fantasies, just wait until you listen to the interview.
At about 55 seconds into the interview, Dr. Porter reminds us that children are no meaner than they ever were and that it's not the children who've change. We've changed.
I can agree with that.
After an embarrassing series of victim suicides and schoolyard massacres, we, the enlightened, child loving adults of America are finally showing an iota of willingness to address the problem. I graduated from high school 35 years ago and many adolescents were raised to be sadistic assholes back then just as they are now. Neither sadistic adolescents nor the criminally incompetent parents who raise them have changed much since then. They've had no reason to change because until recently, no one seriously criticized their behavior. Fortunately, not all of America's sociopaths have been so coddled.
Racists, homophobes, anti-Semites, batterers, date rapists, child abusers, and child molesters were also no worse 35 years ago than they are now. Those criminals haven't changed. We have. We now openly recognize the previous list of hate worthy characters as the public menace that they've always been and take steps to punish them. What we don't do is refer to their criminal behavior as a "mistake" and even Dr. Susan Eva Porter hasn't been foolish enough to blame their victims.
At about 2 minutes and 25 seconds Dr. Porter states that referring to a bully as a bully is "character assassination." We all know how sensitive and fragile violent sociopaths can be and we wouldn't want to assassinate their character.
At about 2 minutes and 47 seconds she serves up the piece de resistance. She shamelessly blames bullying on the victim with the statement, "Bullying is never a one way street." Sure lady...tell that one to Alex Libby. I'm sure he invites cruelty by choosing to look different or talk funny.
And finally, at 3 minutes and 55 seconds into the interview, Dr. Porter reminds us that the brain of a child is not fully developed and therefore isn't capable of completely comprehending how much harm its imposing on the victim. What a load of psychobabblesque bullshit. None of the bully enablers who make this claim can ever explain why the smallest and weakest kids in school seem to have no problem comprehending what will happen to them if they talk back to the bully or otherwise display any form of disrespect. Perhaps the brains of victims develop more quickly.
As always...terrorists who want to feel good about what they do need only observe the behavior of Americans like Dr. Susan Eva Porter, bully enabler extraordinaire.