May 15, 2007

Horse 759 - Bullying the State




This is from the front page of today's Sydney Morning Herald:

BEN COX has no friends. He is unlikely to make any in the future, or form any romantic relationships. At 18, his teenage life has "all but been destroyed", and his adult life will be no better.

He will never know the satisfaction of a job, and anxiety and depression will be his likely companions for the rest of his life. With this bleak forecast, the Supreme Court's Justice Carolyn Simpson yesterday found schoolboy bullying was to blame and Mr Cox was entitled to compensation.

In what is believed to be the biggest school bullying damages award in NSW, Mr Cox's legal team estimates the reclusive Hunter Valley teenager will receive about $1 million, giving him an income for life and superannuation.

Let's look at this in detail shall we?
BEN COX has no friends. He is unlikely to make any in the future...
Imagine being told this by the front page of Fairfax Media in six capitals around the country, what's that going to do to his self esteem?

At 18, his teenage life has "all but been destroyed", and his adult life will be no better.
At 20 his teenage life will be "over" and his adult life will be totally kickarse thanks to never having to work a lick his whole life.

He will never know the satisfaction of a job, and anxiety and depression will be his likely companions for the rest of his life.
He doesn't need to know the drudgery of a job, and whilst it's true that money can't explicitly buy happiness, he sure can rent it.

In what is believed to be the biggest school bullying damages award in NSW, Mr Cox's legal team estimates the reclusive Hunter Valley teenager will receive about $1 million, giving him an income for life and superannuation.
Ben Cox is going to have lots of friends in the future whether he wants them or not. People are attracted to money like flies around a freshly laid dog poo. Mind you being awarded $1 million will make him the subject of a great deal of scorn considering that he's taking money from decent hard-working people viz the courts because he didn't learn to stand up for himself in school.

Ok, I might feel sorry that he was bullied in school but can you please tell me how I contributed to this considering that I live nearly 200 kilometers away? Why are the bullies getting away scot-free? Why is this purilent Ben Cox bullying me out of my entitlements as a taxpayer?

He could do something useful to help the victims of bullying in future but I bet that he won't. Instead his government sponsored bullying on a far larger scale will steal the lunch money, the computer money, the sporting goods money, etc etc etc to the tune of $1 million from children he's not even met.

That's bullying on a far worser scale.

1 comment:

Lemon Fizzy said...

Cox by name, Cocks by nature.

I got bullied, can I have a million bucks too?