space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Three Marinette Youth Wrestlers Compete at State
* Local Teams Compete in Oshkosh Indoor Track Meet
* Kelly Lake Sportsmen Walleye, Perch Stocking
* Warm Weather Spells Early Start for Local Softball
* Area Teams Kick Off Track Season

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Tales from the old-timer

The Bullying Problem



One time many years ago a cousin of mine and his buddy, who was a cousin in law, went out to Eddie Leveille’s house when 12-year-old Eddie was home alone. They weren’t on a friendly visit. They were teasing and mocking at Eddie, who was much younger, and it was marginal bullying. Eddie decided he had had enough, and went and got his dad’s shotgun and ran his tormentors off. When my aunt, the cousin’s mom, protested about Eddie’s shotgun threat, Eddie’s mom, another paternal aunt, stoutly defended Eddie’s use of the shotgun.

Eddie was picked on quite a bit during his school days, but he had a successful life in the US Navy, college and professionally, as well as in the tricky business of matrimony.

This is not to belittle the current emphasis in schools on elimination of bullying, but that, too, can be overemphasized.

I have a book, “Phraseology,” which defines “Pecking Order” as a social hierarchy of birds, especially chickens, where a dominant bird may peck anyone down the line, but not vice versa - and once the pecking order is established there is little fighting within the flock, though some down at the bottom are missing a lot of feathers. Pecking is a translation of the German word “Grousan” derived from “cruelty.” A can peck B and both of them can peck everybody else. With girls I think it is a more subtle thing, mostly verbal and sometimes pushing or hitting, but the pecking order behavior works its dynamics on every school playground and where kids gather unsupervised.

We boys going to school in Peshtigo back in the 30’s had to cope with bullies. My dear friend Marshall Peterson’s mother, in an economy move, forced him to wear knickers to school one year, because when a boy is growing they will last a couple of years, the length being adjustable. Marshall told me he had to fight his way to and from school all that year, as knickers were out of style by then. A boy in my class that I will call Bobby Qualer (German for cruel person) was a bully and had many victims. One time he pinched the flesh of my neck between two fingers just to inflict pain. I punched him in retaliation, so according to the regular custom this was a challenge to a fist fight. A group of bike riders and boys on foot gathered to watch the fight, which was staged on the alley back of French Street in Peshtigo. Qualer was bigger and stronger and knocked me down three times. According to the unwritten rules I was allowed to submit and the fight was over.

Sometimes a victim of bullying has by custom the right to bully a lesser person, so my Cousin Eddie chased another kid who was lower down in the ranks, around the entire block by the school.

Another earlier time a group of boys including me watched as Qualer tortured a boy named Charlie, who was huddled under the porch of the East Side Elementary School, by poking him over and over with a stick, mocking at him with “Charley, Charley” as he jabbed him. None of us said anything or interfered in any way. Kids rarely told their parents about being bullied, nor teachers. The higher powers never interfered with bullying anyhow, in those days. Most of the victims learned to cope one way or another.

Bullies were said to be “after” one or another of their favorite victims. I had about three bullies “after” me at different stages in my school days. The bridge over the Peshtigo River was a hazardous spot as if you were an east side kid, your Bully could intercept you there. In winter you could cross on the ice, but in summer you were a dead duck! Victims were hunted like chipmunks!

Bullying among girls was also a reality but mostly more subtle, in the form of name-calling, pushing, or social ostra-cism. I remember the old kids’ mockery song. Maybe I’m wrong about that and maybe some former girl victim of bullies will set me straight.



**********

Smarty, Smarty, Smarty!

Thought you had a party!

Don’t forget what the teacher taught,

You’ll be sorry if you get caught!

I’m going to tell your mother,

To see if she don’t care.

You’re nothing but a smarty-cat

So there, there, there!


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
04-01-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-01-2015Sports
Three Marinette Youth Wrestlers Compete at State

04-01-2015Sports
Local Teams Compete in Oshkosh Indoor Track Meet

04-01-2015Sports
Kelly Lake Sportsmen Walleye, Perch Stocking

04-01-2015Sports
Warm Weather Spells Early Start for Local Softball

04-01-2015


04-01-2015Perspectives
From our readers

04-01-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

04-01-2015Obituaries
Lee G. Walcheske

04-01-2015Obituaries
Arlene M. Techert

04-01-2015Obituaries
Mary J. Sievert

04-01-2015Obituaries
Audrey A. Renner

04-01-2015Obituaries
Bentley C. Plosczynski

04-01-2015Obituaries
Jo Ann Kozlowski

04-01-2015Obituaries
Alice Kouski

04-01-2015Obituaries
Linda D. Knutson

04-01-2015Obituaries
Kevin Kirkland

04-01-2015Obituaries
Roy W. Kamin

04-01-2015Obituaries
Guy H. Kallenbach

04-01-2015Obituaries
Karen L. Henne

04-01-2015Obituaries
Marion E. Hartman

04-01-2015Obituaries
Thomas C. Christ

04-01-2015Obituaries
Bob Talbot

04-01-2015Obituaries
Janet E. Smith

04-01-2015Obituaries
Lavona M. Revall

04-01-2015Obituaries
Anton F. Olszewski

04-01-2015Obituaries
Wallace L. Maske

04-01-2015Obituaries
Shirley Marquardt

04-01-2015Obituaries
Robert D. Legault

04-01-2015Obituaries
Robert Le Hew

04-01-2015Obituaries
Debbie A. Konop

04-01-2015Obituaries
Catherine R. Klepp

04-01-2015Obituaries
Marcella M. Kiszely

04-01-2015Obituaries
Shirley A. Imig

04-01-2015Obituaries
Michael D. Gilkes

04-01-2015Obituaries
Sister Marjorie Fabry

04-01-2015Obituaries
Mieczyslaw Dolecki

04-01-2015Obituaries
Sallie A. Davis

04-01-2015Obituaries
Eleanor C. Christnovich

04-01-2015Community - Wausaukee
3 on 3 Fun Day at Wausaukee Apr. 4

04-01-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Library To Host Author

04-01-2015Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Fire, Rescue To Offer Scholarship

04-01-2015Community - Wausaukee
Cameras Topic of Training Class

04-01-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Marks Legion Birthday

04-01-2015Community - Crivitz
Over 350 Compete at Crivitz Music Fest

04-01-2015Community - Crivitz
CBA/CRA Annual Banquet at Rene’s

04-01-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Flea, Farmers Market on Thursdays

04-01-2015Community - Coleman
Author Speaks at Coleman Library

04-01-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman Music Students Score at M&O Festival

04-01-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman Village Board April 6

04-01-2015Community - Coleman
Register for Coleman T-Ball

04-01-2015News
CBA Easter Egg Hunt is April 4

04-01-2015News
Appreciation Fish Fry for Landowners

04-01-2015News
Empty Bowl To Benefit Food Pantry

04-01-2015News
Peace Church Rummage Sale

04-01-2015Front Page
HONORED

04-01-2015Front Page
Voters to Fill City, Town, Village School Board Posts on April 7

04-01-2015Front Page
DOT Continues To Seek Safer Hwy. 41 Crossing

04-01-2015Front Page
Hwy. 141 Detour From Beaver To Wausaukee

04-01-2015Front Page
To Collect DNA Samples at Arrest

03-25-2015Sports
Area Teams Kick Off Track Season

03-25-2015Sports
Pillath Voted Top M&O Wrestler

03-25-2015Sports
UW-Buccaneers Claim Post-Season Honors

03-25-2015Sports
Ranger Duo Share M&O MVP

03-25-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

03-25-2015Perspectives
From our readers

03-25-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

03-25-2015Obituaries
Leonard Walters

03-25-2015Obituaries
Robert Talbot

03-25-2015Obituaries
William H. Myers

03-25-2015Obituaries
Susan A. Mejer

03-25-2015Obituaries
Eric P. Marquis

03-25-2015Obituaries
Joseph D. Kubasik

03-25-2015Obituaries
Elmer R. Knutson

03-25-2015Obituaries
Margaret E. Jamison

03-25-2015Obituaries
Vernon L. Hollister

03-25-2015Obituaries
Edward F. Harris

03-25-2015Obituaries
Dennis C. Hanson

03-25-2015Obituaries
Margaret Gorski

03-25-2015Obituaries
Daniel M. Carlson

03-25-2015Obituaries
Robert J. Bell

03-25-2015Obituaries
George W. Adams

03-25-2015Obituaries
Minnie A. Swanson

03-25-2015Obituaries
Charlotte T. Robison

03-25-2015Obituaries
Gladys M. Peters

03-25-2015Obituaries
Gerald J. Knutson

03-25-2015Obituaries
Ken Jendrusiak

03-25-2015Obituaries
Louis C. Hellermann

03-25-2015Obituaries
Larry D. Godson

03-25-2015Obituaries
Scottie J. Fifarek

03-25-2015Obituaries
Daniel G. Diercks

03-25-2015Obituaries
Ethel J. Bryngelson

03-25-2015Obituaries
Esther M. Borths

03-25-2015Community - Wausaukee
Winners in Wagner Benefit Card Party

03-25-2015Community - Wausaukee
Authors To Visit Wausaukee Library

03-25-2015Community - Wausaukee
T/Wausaukee Against County Assessing, Okay Variance

03-25-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wagner OK Purchase Of New Tender Truck

03-25-2015Community - Crivitz
Hundreds Attend Rural Life Day in Crivitz

03-25-2015Community - Crivitz
Walleye Spawning Project on Lake Noquebay

03-25-2015Community - Crivitz
CBA/CRA Annual Banquet at Rene’s

03-25-2015Community - Crivitz
CBA Easter Egg Hunt is April 4

03-25-2015Community - Coleman
Library Lists Month’s Events

03-25-2015Community - Coleman
Annual Auction at Faith Christian School

03-25-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman-Pound Lions Brunch Palm Sunday

03-25-2015Community - Coleman
New Church To Open in Pound

03-25-2015News
Klondike Little League Signup

03-25-2015News
Pembine Craft Sales April 11

03-25-2015News
Lena Pathfinders Rummage Sale

03-25-2015Front Page
BARN FIRE

03-25-2015Front Page
3 Killed In Bank Robbery Spree

03-25-2015Front Page
Coleman School Tables High School Remodeling

03-25-2015Front Page
Peshtigo Persons of Year Banquet March 29

03-25-2015Front Page
CJCC Seeks Grant For Local Drug Treatment

03-18-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman Church Fish Fry Mar. 20

03-18-2015Sports
No Trolling Rule For Fishing Opener

03-18-2015Sports
Wausaukee Lions Bowlers Host Over 225 Games, 600 Series

03-18-2015Sports
40th State Girls Basketball Tourney Crowns Five Champs

03-18-2015Sports
WIAA Boys 100th State Basketball Tournament

03-18-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

03-18-2015Perspectives
From our readers

03-18-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

03-18-2015Obituaries
Robert A. Van Norman, Sr.

03-18-2015Obituaries
Steven J, Sharpe

03-18-2015Obituaries
Linda J. Porter

03-18-2015Obituaries
Frank A. Peterson

03-18-2015Obituaries
Helen L. Peterson

03-18-2015Obituaries
Michael D. Olsen

03-18-2015Obituaries
Rev. Dr. Howard E. Nelson

03-18-2015Obituaries
Fred Kuhnle

03-18-2015Obituaries
Joyce Kleinke

03-18-2015Obituaries
Kenneth C. Hult

03-18-2015Obituaries
Sandra L. Heck

03-18-2015Obituaries
Robert W. Hafeman

03-18-2015Obituaries
Claryce M. Finger

03-18-2015Obituaries
Gail Marie Becker

03-18-2015Obituaries
Jean Ann Stocker

03-18-2015Obituaries
Scott E. Seymour

03-18-2015Obituaries
Thomas A. Schloegel

03-18-2015Obituaries
John A. Payant

03-18-2015Obituaries
Dorraine Pantti

03-18-2015Obituaries
Felicia A. Klatkiewicz

03-18-2015Obituaries
Kenneth P. Herlache

03-18-2015Obituaries
Alice M. Hansen

03-18-2015Obituaries
Margaret Greening

03-18-2015Obituaries
Larry Curran

03-18-2015Obituaries
Clark P. Clermont, Sr.

03-18-2015Obituaries
Margaret M. Berger

03-18-2015Obituaries
Robert Bence

03-18-2015Obituaries
Myrtle E. Beaupre

03-18-2015Obituaries
Walter S. Banko


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think the Badgers will win the National Championship?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2015
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites