Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Categories: Documentaries
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"The only way to deal with a bully is with a two-by-four between the eyes."
So advised sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison, after a nasty run-in with Frank Sinatra - a man known for liking things done his way. Yes, "old blue eyes" was something of a brute. And Ellison had had enough. But that was back in '65. And we know better now. Don't we?
We'd like our children to think so.
We live in a "use your words" culture. Experts, educators, parents and psychologists weigh in with a wide range of strategies for dealing with the problem. Harlan Ellison's isn't among them.
You'd have to be blind not to see that bullying in childhood is a serious problem, that it can have deadly consequences. And you'd have to be a monster or a nut to promote violence as the answer. But few among us - tormented as kids - didn't dream of having the wherewithal to haul off and hit back.
Frank Faulk's documentary is called Bully For You.