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  •  Only if you have a heart to break (13+ / 0-)

    Empathy is in serious short supply in far too many people. I bet in the course of their lives the bullies that picked on him were picked on themselves and will eventually be stuck in dead-end jobs commiserating with other small-minded people complaining about how "They never get a break". And not once in their lives will they realize they, and those like them, were the cause of all that pain and misery.

    Sorry conservatives, but Occam's Razor isn't a beard trimmer for jihadists. What it means is I don't have to accept your crazy-assed theories as an alternative to reality.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 05:29:22 PM PDT

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    •  since most were probably kids themselves... (10+ / 0-)

      I bet some will grow to regret...or at least hope.

      but yes...empathy...sorry lacking.

      We are not broke, we are being robbed...but we can fight back...#KosKatalogue

      by Glen The Plumber on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 05:32:00 PM PDT

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    •  I truly hope that is the case (1+ / 0-)
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      they do not deserve nice families, loving spouses, or successful careers.

      "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

      by TLS66 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:20:32 PM PDT

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    •  It starts at the very top (1+ / 0-)
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      with people who are "leaders" in our country standing on their soapboxes and virtually screaming that we have no obligation to anyone else and that in fact, we gain when other suffer. Sorry if it offends the "both sides" contingent, but I point a finger at today's compassionless GOP, the wingnuts who pompously claim to be "Christian" but violate every single thing Jesus taught. When we have a Congress talking not about feeding the hungry but rather starving children and the elderly, kids get the message that caring about people is a stupid thing to do.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:21:11 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you. (4+ / 0-)

        The kids who bullied him are horrible, but are essentially no different than the politicians you talk about.  All of them are bullies.

        Further, I disagree with the "most bullies are bullied themselves" mindset.  If you bully someone to the point that they ended up killing themselves, I have to seriously question whether you even possess empathy.

        I was bullied throughout my entire childhood, and never bullied anyone else.  Bullies don't do what they do because they're victims themselves.  They do it because they want to.

        •  I believe you're right, bullies are not normally (1+ / 0-)
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          people who were bullied themselves.  I endured some very mild bullying around 4th to 5th grade, and it certainly made me very unlikely to ever bully anyone.  In high school I really tried to make contact with the 'outs' to try to overcome the harm done by others.  Sometimes they were resentful, but sometimes they were appreciative and we became good friends.
          So if we can't stop bullying, at least we can all try to befriend the victims and hope to avoid more tragedies like this one.

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