Originally Posted by Whoracle
It is not my responsibility, because his PARENTS should be censoring what he VIEWS. I know at 12 I wasn't allowed to use the computer unsupervised, and surely was not allowed to register for a message board (that probably has an age requirement). I am not saying that there arent quite a few people here who could stand to tone it down, but there is such a thing as free speech, and you should monitor yourself/children and not rely on others to be perfect upstanding moral citizens.
The reason I put bullied in quotes is because I was not endlessly tormented, nor beat up, but I had very few friends and was made fun of for being overweight in junior high and highschool. Bullying these days is usually quite a bit worse with all the social media. Instead of wallowing in it though, i ignored it and didn't go around the people. If this twelve year old didnt like the responses from others he could have left, no one was tracking his facebook page, or making threatening phonecalls to his house.
Agreed the parents have a role to play but we all know kids will get around these things and we all have a resposibility, as adults, to have a bit more decency. Obviously I'm shocked at the reaction my posting has had but like I say - it's water off a duck's back - however, if he was being subjected to a similar sort of resonse I can only imagine the sort of damage that would do to someone of that age who only wanted to engage in conversation with like-minded people.
Its actually really shocking and everyone involved should be embarrassed and ashamed of themselves. And yet the poor little dude was still privately promoting the forum and those on it to me.