Words count -
and so does correct usage.
The video'd assault on 13 year old Nadin Khoury from Upper Darby, PA, to which I will not link, has gotten a tremendous amount of press coverage.
Every SINGLE report that I have seen refers to the bullying. Definition courtesy of Merriam-Webster online.
1. To treat abusively
2. To affect by means of force or coercion
1. To use browbeating language or behavior
Brutalize, abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, kick around, maltreat, manhandle, mess around (slang), mishandle, mistreat, misuse
This child was not just bullied. He was assaulted.
1. A: a violent physical or verbal attack
B: a military attack usually involving direct contact with enemy forces
C: a concerted effort (as to reach a goal or defeat an adversary)
2. A: a threat or attempt to inflect offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person (as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner) that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contact
Assault is a crime. It is punishable by law. It is not dependant upon the schools to take care of assaults. It is incumbent upon the state to both protect the innocent and prosecute the criminal. Once we call a spade a spade and quit being so politically correct, I believe that, one crime at a time, we can take back our liberties, both civil and personal.