Episode 18: Bullies gon’ Bully

Bullies gon’ Bully: The Keaton Jones Fam Scam.

In the wake of the Keaton Jones “Fam Scam,” Ann, Becky, and Dan discuss bullying and the law.

Bullying: What is bullying, as defined by the law? Is bullying illegal?

Ann and Afro Becky have never been bullied before but Dan shares that he was bullied as a child after moving into a new neighborhood. Because Dan wasn’t born and raised in what eventually became his “hood,” he was bullied by other kids in the neighborhood before becoming accepted.

In cases where bullying victims commit suicide or self-harm, should the bullies be charged with their deaths? If the bully is a minor, should the parents be responsible? What charges would the bully face? If the bullying happened at school, is the school liable? Why do bullies bully?

Old School Bullying.
Bullying was different in our day. We weren’t connected via social media and the the “cool kids” weren’t the ones that did the bullying. Dan’s theory is when you pick on people that are perceived as weak or are scared of you, you’re making them fight for their lives. When you make someone fight for their life, no matter how big and bad you are, there’s a chance you can lose that fight.

Ann discusses the differences between hazing and bullying. Though they share a lot of similarities they are different which is why there are separate laws for each. Fun fact: Gang initiations are considered hazing and are illegal! The fine in Louisiana for such activity is no less than $10 and no more than $100.

How do you prevent your child (or yourself) from being bullied? 
Dan says always fight back, even if it’s not in your best interest at that moment. He thinks that violence is the only thing that stops violence. Dan uses WW2 and the Vietnam wars as examples. If you’re not good at fighting, or aren’t willing to, you only other option is become a great joke teller. Sometimes the best jokes will hurt more than an ass whoopin’.

Ann disagrees with fighting back. She believes that bullying victims should tell an adult. If telling an adult doesn’t stop the bullying Ann says as a parent, she would speak with the bullying childs parent. If all else fails, Ann would file suits against the parents of the bully and the parents of any subsequent bullies.

Ask an Attorney: Lawyer didn’t show up for court. My lawyer didn’t show up for court appearance. My case was continued and on the rescheduled date my attorney didn’t show up! What should I do?