The Prey and the Predator
BULLIED, MOCKED, POKED, HARASSED. An incident of bullying in the Philippines hurdled into the local news and last September 24, 2012. A student on his senior year at Colegio San Agustin (CSA) School in Makati was bullied and mocked at school despite of his 6-foot height and his gentle and apologetic demeanor. His butt and genitals were often poked by one of his male classmates, his main tormentor. After months of constant taunts and harassment, Jamie Garcia had enough. He stabbed one of the bullies with a ballpen and punched another. The incident escalated when the father of the classmate he punched rushed to his school, slapped and threatened him with what he recalled was a .45-caliber gun. (Ubalde, 2012) This implies that the person being bullied seeks for retaliation towards the person who is bullying. And to this, at times, it shows that a person cannot handle himself from doing extremely outrageous and unanticipated due to the carrying full of rage. Bullying is a severe problem that can considerably concern the emotional capacity of the bully and the bullied. According to Douglas Harper (2001), the word “bully” came from the Dutch boel, “lover; brother” which is probably a diminutive of Middle Dutch broeder “brother” and originally meant “sweetheart” as applied to either sex. Its meaning deteriorated during the 17th century, from “fine fellow” and “bluster” to “harasser of the weak”. “Protector of a prostitute”, a connecting sense between “lover” and “ruffian”, which became a sense of the word bully but this sense was not specifically attested until 1706. The expression meaning "worthy, jolly, admirable" is first attested 1680s, and preserves an earlier, positive sense of the word. As a federal government website managed by the U.S Department of Health & Human Services defined bullying, it is said to be an “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is...
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