COMMENTARY | The Jaide WHHS Fight viral video is just another symptom of what’s wrong with America’s youth. The craziest part about this bullying incident is that the bully herself has become famous as a result…and she’s gloating about it!
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Twitter hashtag #Jaide has lit up with many talking about this teenage girl named Jaide who was bullying another student in a locker room. The taunting led to the bully being beaten in a fair fight. It’s possible that the vernacular of US teenagers might be expanded to include “Got
#Jaide-d,” which means the act of being in denial after losing a fight.
Despite the humiliating loss, the bully Jaide is still gloating about the fact that her actions have landed her in the world’s spotlight. Using the Twitter account @JaideWSHH, she had this to say earlier today:
“Okay, I finally made a Twitter, I admit, I did lose in that fight.. But look at me now? I AM FAMOUS ”
This gloating brings to mind the hypothesis that school shooters might sometimes be individuals who desired the fame from their heinous actions. On the other side of the coin, those who have been harassed by bullies in the past might come back to school with a gun in order to solve their problems permanently.
The Concordian points out that many people are tempted to blame the victim:
“Victims are never to blame for what they have undergone. Never. The moment a person hears about a young girl being harassed because [insert any type of bullying], the blame for harassment falls onto the one who is being harassed. The problems here do not lie in what the victims are doing; the problems are in the reactions to the victims. To fix this problem, we need to be aware of where the blame actually lies and hold bullies accountable for what they are doing.”
According to the 2004 Safe School Initiative report, almost three-quarters of those who committed school violence felt persecuted, bullied, threatened, attacked, or injured by others before doing so. President Obama has even tackled the issue, citing the role that bullying and harassment play in school violence. The focus on gun control and overriding our 2nd Amendment rights might be misguided, but at least they are taking the issue seriously.
One could point out that the media itself is part of the problem. After all, if media outlets like World Star Hip Hop did not initially report on the Jaide WHHS Fight video then Jaide likely would not have become famous in the first place. But most reporters nowadays do not really choose the topics they write about. The media industry is built upon advertising, and in order for the media to make money they need to draw as many people as possible to their websites. Thus, the media is actually looking to write about what viewers want to see based upon search engine results, not necessarily what a reporter desires to write about. For example, do you think that reporters really want to write about Lindsay Lohan on an almost daily basis? Still, there might be some way to curtail this feeling that fame through violence is a goal to be sought.
Okay, I finally made a Twitter, I admit, I did lose in that fight.. But look at me now? I AM FAMOUS
— JAIDE WSHH (@JaideWSHH) February 1, 2013
While it’s fortunate that no one was hurt badly during this fight, we must ask what is the school going to do about this? For that matter, I’d hope the parents would plan on giving Jaide a bigger whooping than what she received at the hands of her intended bullying victim. Now it’s possible that Jaide comes from a single parent family, which is one of the hardest jobs in the world. As the National KIDS COUNT Program reports, 67 percent of Black or African American families have children with single parents.
When I talk to teachers nowadays, many feel like their hands are tied by federal and state rules, and even the parents themselves. When we have a nation full of parents who are not willing to discipline their children properly, should we be surprised when we get incidences like this? I’m not saying that Jade’s parents are like this necessarily, for kids can act out even with perfectly good parents, but it is a common denominator as part of the problem.
What sort of punishment should Jaide receive for her actions? How do you think that society should change in order to end the school violence and bullying?