As a victim of bullying my proverb was always “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Apparently in the Internet age there are no ‘sticks and stones’ or ‘words’ in the traditional sense, but rather posts. Today’s children live in a cyber world that is unregulated in which they promulgate their own rules. They live unregulated largely because adults are absent. Parents are not a part of this cyber world either because they are not tech-savvy, children fool them with fake social media accounts, they are not interested, or they do not want to get involved with child’s play. Hence we end up with a Lord of the Flies scenario except there are no killings. Nevertheless, any victim of bullying in my age group would substitute physical, in-your-face bullying for cyber-bullying any day. Today, however, you have to log-on and visit particular sites in order to find out who’s bullying you. Now prosecutors are holding a 12 and 14 year-old responsible for the suicide of Rebecca Sedwick. Read the rest of this entry →
The State of Florida vs. Zimmerman (Zimmerman) will continue to baffle legal scholars and court observers for years to come. This is a truly historic case. Unfortunately, Zimmerman will be historic for all the wrong reasons. It will be known both as a symbol of justice and injustice. How is that so? Some will point to this case as evidence of the bias that permeates the justice system and others will state the jury has spoken. The sad truth is both sides are correct. Both sides are correct because George Zimmerman may not have been guilty of second-degree murder but he is guilty of a crime. Notwithstanding the criminal profiling that obviously took place prior to the chase, one could possibly make an argument that the facts and the evidence did not support Zimmerman had any ill-will, spite or hatred toward Trayvon. Nevertheless there was a crime committed and facts show that Zimmerman would be guilty of felony murder. Allow me to make my case.
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