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Imprisoned for Ignorance

Posted by Nevone Blount on December 5, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Bullying is a common problem in today’s society. Children and teenagers mainly, are the ones that are most prone to bullying and insults directed at them for no apparent reason. This normally causes insecurities in many of our youths. Typically, the bullying comes from peers which makes it seem as though it stings a bit more.


But what happens when the bullying comes from an adult?


This was the case of William M. Bailey, who is preparing to serve a 29 day jail sentence for mocking a 10 year old girl with cerebral palsy. Bailey ridiculously claims that he was reacting to name-calling directed at his son.


Although Bailey claims that he wasn’t mocking, it’s reported that he wrote a letter of apology to the young girl. The parents of the young lady are not too thrilled by Bailey’s apology and feel as though it is insincere and “hollow.”


What’s the worst of all of this is that this girl is now afraid to go outside, according to her mother. “She wants the blinds closed,” her mother says. This is the real issue. This girl already has to face physical challenges but now she is being exposed to social challenges because of an adult who maliciously mocked her because of her disability.


Mocking someone because of their physical challenge is cowardly. Simple and plain. People may not view this as a “crime” and may think that it doesn’t warrant jail time but I am happy to say that justice has been served by Bailey having to spend time in jail. My only complaint would be that 29 days and $400 fine aren’t enough. Bailey should be forced to do more. He needs to try to make sure that he or anyone else around him does anything like this again. I can only hope that Bailey’s ignorance about such things has been erased. If not then I hope that he has plenty of time to think about it in jail.


Categories: Bullying, Blogger: Nevone Blount

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