Just because everyone else is going the other way does not mean you are wrong.
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In response to "Many schools in Canada, the UK, and other countries, have been running these programs for some time with some positive results..."
Just so we know how effective these programs are, here are some stats from Canada:
A study on bullying by the University of British Columbia, based on 490 students (half female, half male) in Grades 8-10 in a B.C. city showed:
•» 64 per cent of kids had been bullied at school. •» 12 per cent were bullied regularly (once or more a week). •» 13 per cent bullied other students regularly (once or more a week). •» 72 per cent observed bullying at school at least once in a while. •» 40 per cent tried to intervene. •» 64 per cent considered bullying a normal part of school life. •» 20-50 per cent said bullying can be a good thing (makes people tougher, is a good way to solve problems, etc.). •» 25-33 per cent said bullying is sometimes OK and/or that it is OK to pick on losers. •» 61-80 per cent said bullies are often popular and enjoy high status among their peers.
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It's a status symbol - it's not about fruit. For a restuarant to be able to say they have the first grapes of the year gives them prestige, which draws in customers, which increases their profits, which pays for the grapes. Supporting a family for a year, which may be highly moral, does not increase the profit of the restaurant one iota. Ever heard what American people will pay for wine grown in California? Now that's a waste of money.
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Lots of 'maybes' in some of these posts - but nothing factual. 'Maybe' he attacked his sisters and he was protecting them? Where do you get this from? Why blame the victim? The father was killed by his son, so it's the father's fault?
From the Japan Times: "The father had consulted the police many times about his son’s violently acts at home." So, we know for a fact that the father was deeply concerned about his son's violent tendencies, had already consulted the police, the police did not remove the son from the home, and the son took the violent action the father had warned the police about - killed his father. Those are the facts.
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