Re: “Parents say child bullied by teacher, classmates” (TNT, 8-29).
The Kopachuck Middle School incident should put us all on notice with regard to our own nature. If humans were perfect, we wouldn’t need laws. The very term “civilized” connotes the darker aspect, and consoles the better beast within us that we’ve made a good show of reining it in. Then this.
But why call it “bullying” or “hazing”? We’ve an older and better word for it: scapegoating.
The ancient religion of scapegoating has stalked us through millennia and is seeded in the birthing room of every human heart. The movie “Hunger Games” draws on it, as does “Gladiator.” But the infamous Inquisition takes the cake, because the details were recorded by those who thought they were doing good. Had they thought otherwise, they’d have hidden their deeds from posterity.
Brazenly peering into a cellphone camera while classmates under your charge play “Lord of the Flies” may have flown in ancient Rome, but it better not fly here.