Parents Defend Their Kids on Bullying a Mentally Challenged Boy – parenting does not make a person more mature, responsible, or godly
As someone who is a crank with kids (I do not like them – note: disliking is not the same thing as hating or condoning child abuse), I would never abuse one, nor would I stand idly by while a bunch of punks tease and harass a mentally disabled kid, as in this story.
Some of the parents in the story below justified and excused the bullying behavior of their children.
Christians, though, (and even secular culture), like to keep upholding this mythos that unmarried and childless people are not as responsible, loving, or mature as parents or married couples, and it’s a load of bullshit.
I have many, many more examples on this blog.
I have many other posts with links to news stories about married people or parents who neglect, mistreat, abuse, or murder or rape children.
(Link): Iowa Parents Defend Bullying of Teen With Aspergers Syndrome
- by L Donohue
Iowa teen Levi Null, 13, struggles with Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. He’s always been picked on, but recently the bullies began ramping up their behavior: they started making videos of Null at school—some of them videos of his involuntary movements caused by Asperger’s—and then posting them online with school computers.
According to Null’s mother, the videos showed students hitting Null, smacking him, and teasing him all while the teachers are shown turning away. On Monday, Josh Ehn, principal of Melcher-Dallas High School, told WHOTV that the video was taken offline, destroyed, and all those involved were disciplined.
But the parents of the kids involved in the video are now standing up for their kids. The father of the teen who uploaded the video, Levi Weatherly, says Null is asking for it. “I would say three-fourths of this stuff he brings on himself and and probably a fourth of it is bullying that shouldn’t be going on,” Weatherly said.
Since airing the news story on Monday, the news station has received over 100 comments— not in support of Null and his family—but in support of the bullies. Most of the comments blame Null for his disabilities:
Jamie Harrison wrote: “He called my nephew a nasty name and my nephew Cole cocked (sic) him in the mouth. I`m proud of my nephew for doing that.”
Nate Goof wrote: “This kid has done things to get people mad that I think he could probably control.”
The principal ultimately ruled that the video did not even “meet the criteria” for bullying and the school board President, Bob Lepley, says he stands by the principal’s decision.
Now, because of the backlash, Null is afraid to go to school. However, his mother also notes that at least two students have come forward to apologize for their behavior, saying they didn’t know how much it impacted Null.
Related posts this blog:
(Link): Are There Any Protestant or Baptist Singles – Friendly Churches or Denominations ? / Singles Single Adult Childfree Childless Age 30 40 50 Christian
(Link): The Fruitful Callings of the Childless By Choice (editorial)
(Link): Cultural Discrimination Against Childless and Childfree Women – and link to an editorial by a Childless Woman
(Link): Why all the articles about being Child Free? On Being Childfree or Childless – as a Conservative / Right Wing / Christian
(Link): Post by Sarah Bessey Re: Churches Ignore Never Married Older and/or Childless Christian Women, Discriminate Against Them
(Link): How American Christians Were Influenced by 1950s American Secular Propaganda to Idolize Marriage and Children and Against Singles and the Childless -and how over-emphasis on “family” and lack of respect for singleness started a backlash against both – [both = marriage, having kids] (excerpts from ‘Pornland’ book)
(Link): Conservative Christians Teach Fairy Tale that Parenting and Marriage Makes People More Godly and Mature – News Story: Parents so strung out on drugs their child dies from eating detergent
(Link): Prejudiced Writer Stupidly Blames Slutty Halloween Costumes and Societal Ills on Childless the Childfree, and Unmarried Adults – but Married people and parents are not perfect either
(Link): Fathers and Married Men Caught In Pedo Sting by Authorities – Being Married or A Parent Does Not Make Person More Godly or Mature
(Link): Another Sterling Example of How Being A Parent Does Not Make a Person More Godly or Mature – Police officer father accused of physically abusing teen daughter
(Link): Kid-Friendly Policies Don’t Help Singles – Work and Job Discrimination Against Singles Unmarried Childless Childfree
(Link): Woman Pleads Guilty to Torturing Mentally Handicapped Son – Motherhood Does Not Make Women More Godly Loving or Responsible
(Link): Mother Sells Teen Daughters’ Virginity to Old Men (article) – Being A Parent Does Not Make A Person More Godly Loving or Mature
(Link): Parenting Does Not Necessarily Make People More Godly or Mature: News headline: Tennessee couple rented daughters for pornographic videos: police