Bullying in School, Might Makes Right
The first known use of might makes right in the English language was in 1846 by the American pacifist and abolitionist Adin Ballou (1803–1890), who wrote, "But now, instead of discussion and argument, brute force rises up to the rescue of discomfited error, and crushes truth and right into the dust. 'Might makes right,' and hoary folly totters on in her mad career escorted by armies and navies." (Christian Non-Resistance: In All Its Important Bearings, Illustrated and Defended, 1846.)
The phrase in reverse is echoed in Abraham Lincoln's words in his February 26, 1860, Cooper Union Address ("Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it") in his attempt to defend a policy of neutral engagement with those who practised slavery, perhaps to appear more nationally oriented and religiously convicted in hopes of winning the presidential election later that year (which he did).
In New Jersey, a bill called "Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights" was passed almost a year ago and signed into law this past January. This law now requires training of school staff on how to prevent bullying among students. Each school is likewise required to identify certain employees as dedicated anti-bullying coordinators. And, of course, schools are now obliged to investigate and report all accusations of bullying. Sadly, the New Jersey law, called as the toughest anti-bullying law in the United States, did not prevent the death of the 15-year old high school student.
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