Sticks and Stones and Speech

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Re: Sticks and Stones and Speech

The "sticks and stones" rhyme is an excuse for doing nothing about school bullying, responsible adults don't say such things to children.

Among school boys things usually don't end with just words. Anyone who lets someone get away with insulting them is sending a signal that they are weak and they will inevitably get hurt.

I think that the issue here is that there are adequate historical examples of members of racial minority groups defending themselves with force after being verbally insulted without waiting for violence.

The law seems to be equivalent to "it's prohibited to insult anyone who's big enough to hit you".

Posted by Russell Coker (not verified) on Tue 25 Oct 2011 - 17:15
Re: Sticks and Stones and Speech

Sometimes the rhyme goes like this:

Sticks and Stones may break my bones
But words will break my heart

Posted by sabik (not verified) on Sun 2 Oct 2011 - 21:10

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