Watching the viral video of four boys bullying a 68 year-old woman on the school bus is every parent's nightmare- especially mothers of boys. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor, shared:
"I'm sure they don't act that way at home, but you never know what they're going to do when they're out of the house."
I watched in horror of how they treated this woman, and my head was swimming- with fear that Lord of the Flies is being reenacted on school buses and playgrounds daily. With hatred for the messages engrained in our culture that measure a person's worth by the size of their waistline or their wallet. With disgust for the graphic, sexually violent language used so flippantly to debase a woman with hate. With sadness for the boys' lack of conscience that what they are doing is hurtful and wrong. With contempt for the rigid code of manhood that constrains how they are programmed to connect with one another and themselves.
But mostly IRead More »from Why "Boys Will Be Boys" Can No Longer Be an Excuse