To the Journal editor:
In The Mining Journal's April 9 issue, Dr. Jim Surrell in his column touched on a subject that has been covered from nearly every newspaper and media across the U.S.
Yet we still read about some poor kid coming home with a upset stomach from dodging LeRoy the bully or worse, taking his own life.
Hypothetically, lets say there is a group of six buddies who hang out and LeRoy is the main man. Along comes Keith who is just minding his own business when LeRoy starts with his taunts.
Nothing physical because his buds are watching what the man is going to do next. He knows his pals are acting like they enjoy this but do they really?
None dare say anything to LeRoy because he might ostracize any one of them or worse yet, turn his wrath on them.
But deep down, each one of them abhor his actions and feel sorry for Keith, so they say nothing in his defense, right?
Now lets say that just two of them get the gumption to tell LeRoy that he can find some other bullies to hang with because they don't approve of his actions and they think he is a poor example of a (leader) and it is very cowardly.
If just two were to speak up, the rest would be relieved and join in on defending Keith. Now the table is turned and LeRoy doesn't want to be ostracized by his lackeys up to this point, so he probably would re-think his actions.
I truly think this would work, maybe not a hundred percent, but close to it. When friends go along with this type of mean spirited action, it makes them no different.