Oklahoma’s self-appointed leader of morality, Republican Sally Kern, received a reprimand from her Oklahoma House of Representatives colleagues today over racist remarks she made last week. Except for the reprimand, it’s the same old story. Kern uses the gravitas of her office to spew hateful and bigoted remarks to any who will listen.
Before beginning this conversation, I want to state that, as a young boy in the 60’s, I was the victim of bullying at school by boys larger and meaner than myself. From living it firsthand, I know what it is like to experience the dread of going to school knowing that I would suffer physical and emotional abuse. I have painful memories of those years because there was no one looking after me. I am very clear that school safety is an important issue and that bullying is something that should not be tolerated. To this end, Oklahoma has enacted the School Bullying Protection Act. State Senator Andrew Rice is proposing some additional legislation that would add cyber bullying to this act. Based upon my experiences, you might expect that I would support this act; but, I cannot just yet.
Oklahoma would do well to learn a lesson from today’s shooting of Arizona congressional representative Gabrielle Giffords.
Today, lone gunman Jared Loughner attended a town meeting, hosted by Rep. Giffords, and opened fire with a handgun. By the time his rampage ended, Loughner killed five people and injured thirteen others. The dead include a nine year old and federal judge John M Roll. No doubt, in the days ahead, we will learn more about Mr. Loughner; but for now; we can deduce from his YouTube videos that Loughner was a disturbed young man with an obsession over illegal immigration and illiteracy. Representative Giffords, who opposed Arizona’s legislation calling it “extreme” became an all too easy target.
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