Last week was the first week of school for junior high and elementary schools. On the first day of their school, students were gathered to attend rallies organized by their schools aiming at promoting "no bullying." The education minister and a number of public leaders appeared in front of TV cameras vowing to build up warmer and more peaceful school campuses. Well, if this act works, I certainly don't have any objections against such "showing." The problem is whether such an act of formalism helps reduce campus bullying. I do not think so.
It is a common knowledge that roots causing problems must be eradicated first before any solution can be sought. Therefore, we should first find out what causes bullying before trying to rid of it. It is agreed that youngsters tend to imitate whatever they have seen or witnessed. In this era that visual images are so quickly transmitted through various media, it is practically impossible for us to completely blockade the reception by the minor. If they witness adults bullying each other over TVs on daily basis, there is no guarantee that they would be immune from being affected.
Examples of such negative influence can be found easily. The guests with distinctive political stance bombard their political opponents on TV talk shows evening after evening virtually leaving no rooms for rational discussion. Newspaper reports distort fact simply to please certain factions of favored political establishment. Politicians slander opponents by the color of their political party disregarding the truth of the matter. How can we tell children to stop bullying their peers if we do not give them good examples to follow in the first place?
I know, politicians and those so called "famous tongues," that you are only exercising your freedom of speech guaranteed by the constitution. However, I urge you, as educated grown-ups, to think twice before you speak or act because you are being watched.