Mayor says bullied kids need to ‘grow a pair’

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Courtesy: {Cameron Hamilton-Mayor}

PORTERVILLE, Calif. — The mayor of Porterville, Calif. in the center of the state recently sparked controversy over his suggestion that victims of bullying “grow a pair”.

His polarizing comments came as Porterville Mayor Cameron Hamilton responded to a councilwoman’s anti-bullying proposal, which would establish off-campus safe zones for teens who are bullied after school.

Courtesy: {Cameron Hamilton-Mayor}

{Cameron Hamilton-Mayor}

“I mean, I am against bullying, but I am getting damn tired of it being used as a mantra for everything that ills the world when all most people have to do is a grow a pair and stick up for them damn selves,” he said during the council meeting.



Councilwoman Virginia Gurrola, who introduced the program, quickly snapped back at Hamilton.

“It is hard to stand up and maybe grow a pair when you are maybe a 10-year-old little girl,” she said.

Gurrola accuses the mayor of anti-gay sentiments. According to The Los Angeles Times, she said while the program is intended to support all bullying victims, she said Hamilton’s comments were subtly directed toward the gay community.

The mayor disputes that claim and says he does not support the program because it would be costly.

The Times also reports that Mayor Cameron Hamilton said he has read comments about his statement and “it appears that the majority of our country has decided to speak up and say they agree with my analogy and are fed up with the zero-tolerance policy of our public schools.”

There’s another council meeting scheduled for Tuesday night and supporters and opponents of the mayor are expected to attend.

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      • Just Sayin

        Bullies are only bullies til somebody blacks their eye. I’m sick of this wimpy crybaby generation we’ve created. America used to kick butt and take names, now kicking anything makes you violent (except in video games) and all our kids take ADD meds. People, send your kids outside and if they get bullied teach them that Life doesn’t hand out “participation trophies” and that facing adverse situations head on makes them stronger. Congratulations whiners, you’ve neutered our country. Unfortunately for you I refuse to let you trash my country unopposed.

  • Marsha Atchison

    I was bullied everyday of my school life from Kindergarten to Junior year. A little bullying is shameful, but to have absolutely no one ever! stand up for me and try to help me or put a stop to it was EVIL! I had no self esteem, self worth or confidence. It wasn’t until Oprah said “You give people permission to treat you the way they do”. I stood up got a back bone and started giving it back. Now I am called Bitchy, Oh well! I raised my son never to bully and gave him the skills to stop bullying when he saw it happening.

  • Carolyn

    In a way I somewhat agree with this. My son was bullied by a much larger boy in middle school and was afraid of him. The school and parents did nothing but make excuses for this child and did not help my son in any way. One day after the kid hit him over the head with some books my son kicked him in the stomach and hit him in the face and broke his glasses. Guess who got suspended? Yea, my son! But the kid never bullied him again. It did wonders for his self-esteem. And my boy was small and very introverted. Was a difficult thing for him to fight back but I am proud that he did.

  • Sandy R.

    How about if the whole educational system “grow a pair”. Bullies only remain bullies when those “in charge” (and I use that term lightly) look the other way. Bullying is just as psychological as it is physical. Why should any student have to defend themselves ever. When I was in school teachers were not only there to teach, but also to monitor behavior. Instead of safe corridors on school grounds which I agree is probably a colossal waste of money, how about security cameras and a trained uniformed officer to maintain order in each school. A uniformed officer escorting a bully to a detention office may be all it takes to nip a budding bully, and if it doesn’t than expel the brat and let their “oh my child would never do that” parents deal with their delinquent brats. Wake up America all these kids aren’t brats because they were born that way, they developed that way from having to raise themselves. Their own TVs, computers and cellphones keep them out of Mommy and Daddy’s hair but cannot teach them values!!!!!!!
    Oh…….and Mayor “grow a pair” yourself and stop whining about having to do your job!!!! Now that’s an analogy I can agree with.

  • squeaky wheeler

    I agree with the mayor. Everyone wants a new law every time they lose money, can’t eat, get their fee fees hurt, etc. (*eyeroll*) Life is not about getting everything you want and feeling loved 100% of the time. Teaching people that is an acceptable mindset breeds psychotic 22 year old virgins who murder their roommates and shoot up the public.

    • Ryan

      I’m a 22 year old virgin. I haven’t murdered anyone. I’m possibly psychotic, though. Who knows?
      But no, I agree with the mayor. If you stand up to a bully, chances are they’ll back off. If they don’t, then you’re not hitting hard enough. And for Gods sake, you don’t even need to fight physically. Find weaknesses and exploit them. I was bullied in school, I handled it myself.

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