Letters to the Editor

Report on bullying important to public

The media have been criticized for publishing an incident concerning Mitt Romney's behavior that allegedly took place many years ago when he was in boarding school. The public has a right to know more about the reported attack in order to determine whether this was an isolated incident or a pattern of bullying behavior engaged in by Romney. If Romney has a history of bullying, the public has a right to know.

Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power; to intimidate with superior size or strength. Leading a group of students to seek out a fellow student, tackle him to the ground and cut off his hair, fits the description of bullying to a "T." Romney's dad was a powerful man in Michigan. It is reasonable to believe the school administration would not have disciplined a young Romney for fear of his father's reaction to such discipline, so it is appropriate for the media to dig further into this issue.

Romney claims he doesn't recall the incident but insisted it was not gay bashing. He said "back then we didn't think of stuff like homosexuality." It doesn't matter whether Romney thought the student was gay or not. It is still not OK to bully someone just because they are different. If the reports are true, I can't imagine the American people would want to elect a bully as the next president of America.

Theresa M. Varnet

Hilton Head Island