California mayor has advice to those who get bullied

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PORTERVILLE, Calif. -- The mayor of Porterville, Calif., has some advice for people who are bullied.

"I'm against bullying, but I'm getting damn tired of it being used as a mantra for everything, and the ills of the world," Mayor Cameron Hamilton said at a City Council meeting, according to KFSN-TV in Fresno. "All most people just have to grow a pair, and stick up for them damn selves."

Hamilton made the controversial statement last week while discussing a proposal to create an anti-bullying safe zone for students, the TV station said.

Councilwoman Virginia Gurrola shot back, "It's hard to just grow a pair when you're a 10-year-old girl."

On Tuesday night, Hamilton was asked if he wanted to apologize to victims of bullying.

"I didn't use the word 'youngsters,' " the mayor said, pointing out he wasn't referring to children.

"In today's world we've gotten to the point where we don't take any accountability for ourselves," he continued. "Or for those that are around us, our friends or for what we're doing in our schools."

The mayor defended himself, telling Lemon he was in an "adult" meeting with no children around. But he conceded he probably could have used different words.


  • Duke Paulsen

    I agree with the Mayor. Not only do people need & have to be accountable, but also the one being bullied / harassed needs to be able to stand-up for themselves. The one problem I see here is that bullies can — and often do — make themselves to be “victims” when the one being bullied fights back & overcomes the original bully. It is then the original Victim who is determined to be “at fault” and charged with an offense — which I believe is BS to the “N-th” degree.

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