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Bob's Blog: The Real Bullying

Updated: Wednesday, October 23 2013, 12:17 AM 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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Thursday's Game

Jacksonville 21, Tennessee 13

Saturday's Games

Philadelphia at Washington, 4:30 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday's Games

Baltimore at Houston, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Miami, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.

Buffalo at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Monday's Game

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Thursday's Games

Chicago 103, New York 97

New Orleans 99, Houston 90

Milwaukee 108, Sacramento 107

Golden State 114, Oklahoma City 109

Friday's Games

Charlotte at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Utah at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Washington at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Portland at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Denver, 9 p.m.

Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Thursday's Games

Florida 2, Philadelphia 1, SO

Pittsburgh 1, Colorado 0, OT

Carolina 4, Toronto 1

Washington 5, Columbus 4, OT

Anaheim 2, Montreal 1

Los Angeles 6, St. Louis 4

San Jose 4, Edmonton 3

Friday's Games

Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Calgary, 9 p.m.

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