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#1    Child of Bast

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 08:50 PM

There's absolutely nothing I can say that wouldn't get me banned from this site.

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A 13-year-old autistic boy has been punched, teased and had his condition mocked in online videos by his peers. But the parents of the accused children say they were justified in bullying the Iowa teen.

On Monday, WhoTV.com ran a story about how the classmates of Levi Null had posted a video online showing Null suffering from symptoms of Asperger syndrome, a form of autism. In the video, classmates taunt Null, and teachers in the classroom appear to turn a blind eye to the behavior.

However, the station says that after airing the story, itactually received more than 100 emails from parents, shockingly with many of them defending the bullying at Melcher-Dallas High School, saying the child brings it on himself.

“I would say three-fourths of this stuff he brings on himself and probably a fourth of it is bullying that shouldn’t be going on,” said Levi Weatherly, father of the teen accused of posting the video online.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 08:55 PM

*just an endless string of obscenities*

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:17 PM

Some people are too stupid to be allowed to share oxygen with everyone else.
This isn't bullying, they brought it on themselves.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:23 PM

Children can be very cruel sometimes, but is up to the adults to teach them otherwise and put a stop to it if they know its going on.
If the lad is attracting the bullies because of his condition, it may be best to take him out of that school...........unless the head of the school brings in very strict measures to prevent it happening full stop in the future, but not sure if this is always possible.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:45 PM

I went to high school with a kid who had MS.  He was quite aware of the fact that he got special treatment, and he abused it.  He was rude, mean, and foul-mouthed.  Just because he was born with a disability or disease didn't make him a saint.  Frankly, he was a jerk.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:52 PM

View PostWe are lizard people, on 21 November 2013 - 09:45 PM, said:

I went to high school with a kid who had MS.  He was quite aware of the fact that he got special treatment, and he abused it.  He was rude, mean, and foul-mouthed.  Just because he was born with a disability or disease didn't make him a saint.  Frankly, he was a jerk.
Gee I wonder why...


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:55 PM

View PostWe are lizard people, on 21 November 2013 - 09:45 PM, said:

I went to high school with a kid who had MS.  He was quite aware of the fact that he got special treatment, and he abused it.  He was rude, mean, and foul-mouthed.  Just because he was born with a disability or disease didn't make him a saint.  Frankly, he was a jerk.
This is the reason i said the parents should take the child out of the school.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:55 PM

but bullying is totes ok if you think that person is weird or annoying amirite guys

*all the curse words*


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:00 PM

View PostWe are lizard people, on 21 November 2013 - 09:45 PM, said:

I went to high school with a kid who had MS.  He was quite aware of the fact that he got special treatment, and he abused it.  He was rude, mean, and foul-mouthed.  Just because he was born with a disability or disease didn't make him a saint.  Frankly, he was a jerk.

A physical disability is not comparable to a mental disability.  MS doesn't disrupt the faculties of the brain.

I went to school with someone who had muscle dystrophy and I think cerebral palsy, and he was a jerk.  Guess what, I and the rest of my class didn't blame him.  I'd probably be more bitter if I had to motor around in a wheelchair my whole life, watching every one of my peers participate in things I never could.  Frustration probably doesn't begin to describe it.  Whereas he abused his ability to get 'special treatment', I'm sure you've abused the ability to walk pain free.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:01 PM

I don't know if you have ever spent time with people who have aspbergers but they can be absolutely cruel cocksuckers. Sociopaths in the truest sense of the word. That in no way excuses the children's behavior, it unfortunately probably does explain the teachers behavior though. This sounds like a fail on the part of everyone involved.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:08 PM

View PostFarmer77, on 21 November 2013 - 10:01 PM, said:

I don't know if you have ever spent time with people who have aspbergers but they can be absolutely cruel cocksuckers. Sociopaths in the truest sense of the word. That in no way excuses the children's behavior, it unfortunately probably does explain the teachers behavior though. This sounds like a fail on the part of everyone involved.

Yeah, it's a consequence of the condition.

View Postfreetoroam, on 21 November 2013 - 09:23 PM, said:

Children can be very cruel sometimes, but is up to the adults to teach them otherwise and put a stop to it if they know its going on.
If the lad is attracting the bullies because of his condition, it may be best to take him out of that school...........unless the head of the school brings in very strict measures to prevent it happening full stop in the future, but not sure if this is always possible.

Not picking on you FTR, but I think that is a terrible idea.  Does everyone already forget Adam Lanza?  Take him out of the environment, and just wait for him to snap eventually?

I think a better suggestion is education for everyone around.... Bully, bullied, parents, teachers, and especially those dunce administrators.

Or we can all wail and ask "what happened" when the kid has a mental breakdown and shoots up a crowd.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:37 PM

View Postgreen_dude777, on 21 November 2013 - 10:08 PM, said:

Yeah, it's a consequence of the condition.


Not picking on you FTR, but I think that is a terrible idea.  Does everyone already forget Adam Lanza?  Take him out of the environment, and just wait for him to snap eventually?

I think a better suggestion is education for everyone around.... Bully, bullied, parents, teachers, and especially those dunce administrators.

Or we can all wail and ask "what happened" when the kid has a mental breakdown and shoots up a crowd.
I am not sure that keeping someone like Lanza in school would have made much of a difference to his mentality. I think his behaviour in AND out of school should have been looked at more closely.
BY NO MEANS WHAT SOEVER do I agree with bullying, but it would be interesting to see how this childs behaviour is outside school too, if you think that by keeping a child with "special issues" out of a school environment could turn him into a Lanza, then I would take it one step further and say ALL aspects of his life have to be looked after and carefully watched.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:51 PM

hmmm.....Texas.  Nuff said.

wow...just noticed from farmer77's post cocksuckers is not censored.

Edited by OverSword, 21 November 2013 - 10:53 PM.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:54 PM

View Postgreen_dude777, on 21 November 2013 - 10:00 PM, said:

I'm sure you've abused the ability to walk pain free.

I'm sure your deep thoughts impress all the college girls, but seriously, what is this even supposed to mean?


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 11:16 PM

From my experience, people with Aspergers don't have much truck with any of the "polite little lies" we tell each other, and will bluntly tell you what they think, that's a consequence of their disorder.
They also don't exactly have a "subtle" setting, they have a default reaction which makes them feel safe or in control and that's where they go first. I've seen kids with Aspergers run out of rooms when they're told "no you can't do that now, we're doing something else" because their default reaction to stress is "flee". One kid I work with shouts, she's really really loud, so when it's too noisy she'll bellow "SHUT UP", she's actually louder then I am and I used to be a drill master.

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