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Bob's Blog: The Real Bullying

Updated: Tuesday, October 22 2013, 11:17 PM CDT

Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan is facing an accusation of abuse.  Not for pushing a player, and not for screaming at one either.  No - Tim Buchanan and his coaching staff are accused of --- bullying. 


Friday night the Bearcats pummeled Fort Worth Western Hills 91-0.  Neither coach had a problem with the final score -- with good reason.  Aledo ran just 32 total plays and asked for a running clock in the second half.  Sure enough though - Saturday morning a Western Hills parent filed a bullying report with Aledo High School, and now coach Buchanan has a serious allegation hanging over his head.


In first grade I was at a day camp in Dallas, and a kid much bigger than me stuck me in the locker and closed it.  That's the image most of us grew up with when it came to bullying.  The bully was the kid that stole lunch money or forced us to do his homework.  The trend has grown away from that definition though - and become much, much worse.  Bullies are commonplace now - especially cyber bullies - and are threatening kids in a horrific way.  Take Shea Shawhan - an 18 year old in Plano.  She's a cheerleader and a softball player that has the brain capacity of an 8 year old because she was born with a debilitating brain injury.  She's made national news in the last few weeks because of text messages she's received from bullies.  One read quote, "People at West don't want her - that's the reason she has seizures because that's karma." The texts get much, much worse, but students have rallied around her and offered their support.  The troubling texts are an example of bullying.  Losing a football game is not, regardless of what the scoreboard says.


160,000 kids miss school ***daily*** because of bullying.  That number is hard to comprehend.  Studies show 77 percent of students are bullied mentally, verbally and physically.


The parent that submitted the bullying report is just one person -- it's certainly not a clear representation of Fort Worth Western Hills high school.  It is, however, a clear representation that we need to put bullying in better perspective.  Bullying isn't a big kid stuffing someone in a locker anymore.  It's become a national epidemic -- and a very, very terrifying one at that.


Talk to your kids.  Take action.  With all the problems we've got in the world -- this is one we can actively do a better job of preventing.

Bob's Blog: The Real Bullying


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INTERLEAGUE

Detroit 11 Arizona 5

N-Y Mets 3 Seattle 2

Tampa Bay 3 St. Louis 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE Wednesday's Games

Minnesota 3, Cleveland 1

Kansas City 2, Chicago White Sox 1

N.Y. Yankees 2, Texas 1, 5 innings

Toronto 6, Boston 4

L.A. Angels 3, Baltimore 2

Oakland 9, Houston 7

Thursday's Games

Boston (R.De La Rosa 3-2) at Toronto (Stroman 5-2), 12:37 p.m.

Texas (Lewis 6-7) at N.Y. Yankees (McCarthy 1-0), 1:05 p.m.

Houston (Feldman 4-7) at Oakland (Samardzija 1-1), 3:35 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Noesi 4-7) at Minnesota (P.Hughes 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Kluber 10-6) at Kansas City (Duffy 5-10), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Scherzer 11-3) at L.A. Angels (Richards 11-2), 10:05 p.m.

Baltimore (W.Chen 10-3) at Seattle (Iwakuma 8-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Wednesday's Games

Milwaukee 5, Cincinnati 1

Colorado 6, Washington 4

Pittsburgh 6, L.A. Dodgers 1

San Francisco 3, Philadelphia 1

Atlanta 6, Miami 1

San Diego 8, Chicago Cubs 3

Thursday's Games

San Francisco (Hudson 8-6) at Philadelphia (Hamels 4-5), 1:05 p.m.

Miami (H.Alvarez 6-5) at Atlanta (Harang 9-6), 7:10 p.m.

San Diego (T.Ross 8-10) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 5-10), 8:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (Gee 4-2) at Milwaukee (Garza 6-7), 8:10 p.m.

WNBA

Wednesday's Games

Washington 89, Connecticut 75

New York 66, Los Angeles 64

Thursday's Games

New York at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Phoenix at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

MLS

Wednesday's Games

San Jose 5, Chicago 1

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Montreal at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m.

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