DV contributor Phyllis Guest alerts us to Jim Schutze’s post on bullying over at Unfair Park. And this paragraph pretty well sums it up:

“Kids become bullies as expressions of their parents’ values. They think it’s OK — actually, they think it’s a good thing — to knock a gay kid’s teeth down his throat down by the gym because their parents have signaled to them it’s a good thing. Blood on their cuffs when they come home at night means they won’t turn gay themselves. They must kill the thing their parents fear. Like turning American. Or black. Or white. Whatever.”