From the article: "Four seventh-grade boys from upstate New York who were caught on video mercilessly taunting a 68-year-old bus monitor have received their punishment. ... Each student will also be required to complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens." Full article here. Ok... Since we had a thread last year on school bullying and police/government involvement, I thought this news was interesting because it relates to something I had said in that thread. In that thread we had a lot of people taking the stance that "kids are kids" and "need to learn how to deal with" bullies... and that it teaches them about the real world and so forth... I, and some others, argued that bullying serves no real purpose and for schools to knowingly allow it was absurd AND that if this happened to an adult, everyone would cheer if the bullies were punished. So, here we go... Not only did the kids get suspended for a year, and have to do 50 hours of community service for bullying the adult... but also people took up a collection and gave this person quite a bit of money. Now imagine... if instead of an adult bus monitor being teased and bullied... it was another kid on the bus... Do you think a collection would have been taken up? Do you think the bullies would have gotten a year suspension and hours of community service? I'm betting no. Thoughts?