Has anyone else seen the stories of cyber bullying lately? Just in the last week I’ve seen 2 major cases of cyber bullying that have been absolutely atrocious. One involves a suicide and another involves a governmental employee in Michigan.
The suicide was a result of a young man’s roommate using a webcam to stream live an encounter the young man had with another man. And apparently a girl, who lived in the next room, knew what was going on. Those two have been arrested for invasion of privacy and bias intimidation. What the hell were these people thinking? What difference does it make who the young man is dating unless you’re homophobic? I’m thinking the roommate might be.
Then we have the case of the Michigan Assistant Attorney General who is going after the student assembly president of the University of Michigan. He claims that the young man is pushing for “gender neutral” housing. In other words, if any man or woman chooses to live together in the dorms, it will be okay with them, the student body. Let’s take a closer look at this.
Since the beginning of higher learning institutions, there have been dorms. Until the 1970’s, and even into the 1980’s, it was a normal practice to house men and women separately. In fact, it was common practice to not even let a member of the opposite sex into the other’s dorm. I’m guessing there were things going on long before there were coed dorms and it wasn’t always just between men and women.
What I find even more appalling about this story, is the fact that the person causing all the fuss is a state of Michigan employee. He is an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Michigan. So we have a state employee publicly lambasting the student body president and the only response from the state is that he is doing that on his own time. I find this absolutely reprehensible. Why hasn’t he been fired?
When we have people in positions like an AAG trying to oust gay people from a duly elected office, we don’t stand a chance at squashing all those bigots out there. And when their employer is a state government who chooses not to take action, it sets a dangerous precedent for the rest of the haters. What does that say about our country?